"Doubt" / CBS
“Doubt” / CBS

CBS has released the first trailer from the network’s upcoming new series “Doubt,” which is set to premiere next TV season on the CBS Television Network. The legal drama hails from the husband-and-wife writing/executive-producing team, Tony Phelan and Joan Rater (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Madam Secretary”), and will focus on a defense lawyer (played by Katherine Heigl) at a firm who gets romantically involved with one of her clients (Steven Pasquale) – a faux pas made worse by the fact that he may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime.

Laverne Cox of “Orange Is the New Black” fame co-stars in the series in which she plays a transgender Ivy League-educated attorney, described as “fierce and funny” as well as “competitive as she is compassionate,” who has “experienced injustice first hand,” and is inclined to “fight all the harder for her clients,” per the CBS press release. This would be another TV history-making event for Cox who recently made history, becoming the first openly transgender actress to earn an Emmy nomination. Her role in “Doubt” is the first broadcast TV transgender series regular character who is also played by an openly transgender actress. Prior to Cox, Candis Cayne made similar headlines in 2007 for portraying transgender mistress Carmelita on ABC’s prime time drama “Dirty Sexy Money,” becoming the first openly transgender actress to play a recurring transgender character in primetime TV (emphasis on “recurring” which is different from “series regular” which is what differentiates Cayne’s accomplishment from Cox’s).

Also Dulé Hill is a member of the starring cast, playing Heigl’s law firm partner and close friend who is working with her on a very high-profile case, representing a member of a prominent New York family.

Kobi Libii also co-stars playing a smart, ambitious and enterprising recent law school graduate who is determined to work with the best criminal defense attorney in New York.

Elliott Gould plays the head of the law firm.

This may prove to be CBS’ replacement for “The Good Wife,” another legal drama that just ended its 7-season run. Although a spin-off series is heading to CBS’ SVOD service, CBS All Acess.

A first trailer for “Doubt” has been released and is embedded below: