Orange Is the New Black's Laverne Cox Joins CBS Drama Pilot Doubt

Doubt is the new certainty — at least for Laverne Cox.

The Emmy-nominated actress (Orange Is the New Black) has landed a role in the CBS drama pilot Doubt, where she’ll play the “fierce, funny” Cameron Wirth, “a transgender Ivy League-educated attorney who’s as competitive as she is compassionate.” Because Cox’s character has “experienced injustice first hand,” she’ll be inclined to “fight all the harder for her clients.”

Doubt, from the husband-and-wife writing/executive-producing team of Tony Phelan and Joan Rater (Grey’s Anatomy, Madam Secretary), will focus on a yet-to-be-cast defense lawyer at a boutique firm who “shockingly gets romantically involved with one of her clients — who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime.” Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly (Elementary, Justified, Hindsight) will also serve as EPs on the potential series.

In addition to her breakout turn as Orange‘s Sophia Burset, Cox’s small-screen resume includes roles on Faking It and Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce. She recently landed a guest gig on an upcoming episode of The Mindy Project, where she’ll play the cousin of Xosha Roquemore’s Tamra.

Excited about the prospect of seeing Cox in a legal thriller? Share your thoughts in the comments! 

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24 Comments
  1. Cookie says:

    You go girl!!!

  2. Glad for her but hoping this means she can stay on OITNB, too!

  3. Zack Quinti says:

    This is how it is done Bruce

  4. ta'Mecca says:

    I Will be watching! I admire Ms Cox!
    She is a Role model for Trans Woman and Women Period..This is Well Deserved for her and I wish her many more!!

  5. JP says:

    Any word on how this will affect her availability for OITNB?

  6. Steven says:

    The plot for Doubt sounds questionable, but I have to watch for Laverne.

  7. cyrano says:

    Sound promising… Anyone think Archie Punjabi might be the lead here?

  8. uk-usa-tvaddict says:

    I really hope that her character gets really good arcs and that she is allowed to do morally dubious things. It might be hoping for too much but a compelling and complex character is more interesting than a bland “good” character. But as long as she is a strong recurring character that is what really counts.

  9. D. says:

    sounds horrible and boring

  10. jerry says:

    Good for her! Wish her the best.

  11. rowan77 says:

    LOVE Laverne Cox! Very happy that she got a pilot!

  12. Lizo says:

    Yes!!!!! Be cooler if she was the lead

  13. MICHAEL BOYLE says:

    I WOULD ADORE SEING LAVERNE IN A DRAMA. I WANT TO SEE HER ROMANCE WITH GOOD LOOKING GUYS. SHE SHOULD HAVE EXPENSIVE CLOTHES AND BLONDE BLUE EYED STUDS/

  14. Valorie says:

    Laverne Cox Rocks!!!!!! I love her on Orange is the New Black and definitely cannot wait to see her in this new CBS series Doubt!!! She is a true icon!!!!!!!!