Katherine Heigl Doubt Pilot CBS

Katherine Heigl Cast in CBS Pilot Doubt, Replacing KaDee Strickland

Katherine Heigl‘s state of affairs has improved considerably.

The actress has been cast in CBS’ Doubt pilot in a role originally filled by KaDee Strickland (Private Practice), our sister site Variety reports. 

The potential series centers on Sadie Ellis — played by Heigl — a female lawyer who becomes romantically involved with one of her clients (who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime).

The project, from Joan Rater and Tony Phelan (Grey’s Anatomy)  didn’t get a series order during May upfronts but remained in contention at the network after a script rewrite and casting changes.

Teddy Sears starred opposite Strickland in the original pilot; his role also will be re-cast. Dreama Walker (Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23), Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black), Dulé Hill (Psych), Elliott Gould (Ray Donovan) and Kobi Libii (Alpha House) remain part of the cast.

Heigl’s previous series, NBC’s State of Affairs, was cancelled in May. Working with Phelan and Rater marks a Grey’s reunion for the actress, who — after criticizing that series for not giving her “material to warrant” an Emmy nomination — famously exited the ABC medical drama in 2010.