Katherine Heigl re­turns to net­work TV with Doubt

The Hamilton Spectator - - A & E - RICK BENT­LEY Fresno Bee

LOS ANGELES — The long and wind­ing act­ing road for Katherine Heigl has de­liv­ered her to an­other star­ring role in a TV se­ries. This time, Heigl stars in “Doubt” as Sadie El­lis, a sassy New York at­tor­ney who takes on the tough­est cases. Think of her as Perry Ma­son in a pen­cil skirt.

Since her run as the ghost-see­ing Dr. Izzie Stevens on “Grey’s Anatomy,” Heigl has found very lit­tle act­ing suc­cess. Her se­ries, “State of Af­fairs,” got canned quickly, while her film “One for the Money” didn’t pay off.

Her big­gest ac­com­plish­ment since her “Grey’s” days ended was a TV com­mer­cial cam­paign for cat lit­ter.

Now, Heigl’s back in the CBS se­ries that also stars Dule Hill, Lav­erne Cox, Dreama Walker and El­liott Gould. The new show means start­ing from square one again for Heigl.

That’s OK for the 38-year-old actress who came to fame through “Roswell.”

“Just to get the pi­lot made and then just to get it picked up and then just to have even a few episodes to shoot and see if peo­ple will like it — it’s a whole ex­cit­ing process,” Heigl says.

“But it’s also ter­ri­fy­ing and stress­ful and can be — if one goes there, which I’m try­ing very hard not to — scary. But I think I’m re­ally try­ing to just stay fo­cused on how much fun it’s been.”

Heigl’s char­ac­ter is a le­gal ea­gle who be­comes at­tracted to her client, a sur­geon (Billy Bren­nan, played by Steven Pasquale) ac­cused of a 24year-old mur­der.

“Her first in­stinct is to be­lieve the best in peo­ple. And she is ob­vi­ously clouded a bit by her not ter­ri­bly pro­fes­sional feel­ings for this man,” Heigl says. “But she’s so de­ter­mined to save him and so de­ter­mined to prove his in­no­cence that she’s try­ing to sep­a­rate her­self emo­tion­ally but strug­gling with it.

“Doubt” is from the hus­band­wife team of Tony Phe­lan and Joan Ra­teer who worked on “Grey’s Anatomy” for a decade. That in­cluded the years that Heigl was on the ABC med­i­cal drama.

They have cre­ated “Doubt” in a sim­i­lar fash­ion where there will be some se­ri­ous mo­ments and some lighter in­stances. They be­lieve that’s a re­flec­tion of real life.

It’s been a bumpy road for Heigl in re­cent years but “Doubt” puts her on CBS, a net­work where law dra­mas have done well, along with hav­ing two ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers who know her work and a vet­eran ac­tor to lean on when needed. It’s now up to view­ers to see if this is the be­gin­ning of a long high­way for Heigl or an­other dead end.

TO/REX SHUTTERSTOCK,

Katherine Heigl takes an­other run at net­work TV in the le­gal drama, "Doubt."

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