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Doubt: One Moment of Idiot Plotting Makes Doubt Doubtable!

DOUBT  ( CBS, Wednesdays, 9/8C) — Steven Pasquale, Katherine Heigl — Photo courtesy of CBS

Katherine Heigl’s new series, Doubt (CBS, Wednesdays, 9/8C) finds her playing lawyer Sadie Ellis, a star at a boutique law firm – Isaiah Roth and Associates – that is owned by her father. In the series premiere, she begins her defense of Billy Brenna an ‘altruistic pediatric surgeon’ who is accused of having murdered his girlfriend 24 years prior.

She begins to have feelings for him but it’s not a slam dunk that he’s innocent.

The series premiere opens with a woman biking through downtown New York with a careless disregard for traffic (human or vehicular) before skidding to a stop in front of the courthouse. We learn she’s Sadie when her associate, Albert Cobb (Dulé Hill) tells her she’s a menace.

DOUBT (Wednesdays, 9 pm CBS) — Dulé Hill. Elliott Gould, Katherine Heigl — Photo courtesy of CBS

From there, after a quick wardrobe change, she hijacks a press conference with the D.A., bails her father out jail (he called a judge a fascist – his defense… she is a fascist!), and brokers a bail deal for her client.

In short order we meet the rest of the show’s stellar cast – Laverne Cox (Cameron Wirth), Lauren Blumenfeld (Sadie’s incompetent assistant, Lucy), Dreama Walker (Cameron’s assistant, Tiffany Allan) and Kobi Libii (Nick Brady, a newly minted lawyer trying to get a job interview with ‘the Big Dog) – and see the quirks and chemistry that signal a breezy, semi-blue sky series that balances work and personal lives and how the lines between them blur.

Naturally, there’s the witness to whom Billy allegedly confessed the details of the crime – Mike Slater  (Lee Tergesen) – someone who has been as clean as a whistle for twenty years after a few very minor transgressions as a kid.

DOUBT (CBS, Wednesdays, 9/8C) — Kobi Libii — Photo Courtesy of CBS

Cue the job seeking Nick Brady…

As a sidebar… errr… B-arc, Cameron is defending a paranoid schizophrenic on a murder charge – a case that hinges on the jury seeing him as he was that day, unmedicated.

For the most part, Doubt’s premiere is well done – the cast is extremely good and director Adam Bernstein keeps things mostly breezy – pausing only for the most important moments of drama (like Billy saying why he’d leave a sixteen-year old girl in a park in the early morning).

DOUBT (CBS, Wednesdays, 9/8C) — Katherine Heigl, Laverne Cox — Photo courtesy of CBS

Laverne Cox, as the openly transgender Cameron is as good as she’s ever been on Orange Is The New Black and steals virtually every scene she’s in – she is probably the best thing about the premiere.

Gould is magnificently imperious as Isaiah, and Hill is properly earnest as Albert.

The success of the show depends on Heigl, though, and while she is up to playing the complex Sadie as a smart, professional woman, Sadie’s not a character who would be so idiotic to make the mistake of falling for a client – or especially behaving like it. Not with the stakes being so high.

If you set aside that lapse, the show is a tolerable hour. If, like me, you can’t past that major case of idiot plotting – and it was a key element in the show’s premise, it would be best leave Doubt alone.

Final Grade: C

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again – A Midnight Screening At Home!

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW:  L-R:  Christina Milian, Reeve Carney and Annaleigh Ashford in THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW coming this Fall to FOX.  ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Steve Wilkie/FOX
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW:LET’S DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN: L-R: Christina Milian, Reeve Carney and Annaleigh Ashford ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Steve Wilkie/FOX

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is one of the first and greatest midnight cult classics. On a Friday Night you can count on a theater full of cosplaying fans with all the accessories watching and responding to it somewhere in the world.

Long a staple of dinner theater (a delicious twist that is certainly filling… I mean fitting), a very talented group of players has produced a new version for television and it does, indeed, do the Time Warp again.

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Megyn Kelly Adds Dr. Frank-N-Furter to Guest List on Megyn Kelly Presents…!

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Fox News Channel Anchor Megyn Kelly has added Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox to the guest list on her one-hour primetime special, Megyn Kelly Presents… Cox will starring in FOX’s Rocky Horror Picture Show in the fall.

Kelly’s other guests include: Michael Douglas, former O.J. Simpson defense attorney Robert Shapiro and the presumptive Republican nominee of President of the United States, Donald Trump.

Megyn Kelly Presents… will premiere on Tuesday, May 17th (8/7C). Follow the jump for more.

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FOX Casts Laverne Cox as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in Rocky Horror Remake!

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FOX is resurrecting The Rocky Horror Picture Show and, in an inspired move, has cast Laverne Cox as that ‘sweet transvestite from transexual Transylvania,’  Dr. Frank-N-Furter – the role made famous by Tim Curry.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is set to air in Fall 2016. Follow the jump for details.

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OITNB Cast Gets Day Passes For CONAN!

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The cast of Orange Is The New Black will descend upon Conan O’Brien for Monday’s edition CONAN (TBS, Monday, 11/10C). O’Brien will welcome Taylor Schilling, Laverne Cox, Uzo Aduba, Kate Mulgrew, Natasha Lyonne and series co-star Jason Biggs for their first-ever joint appearance in late night.

Follow the jump for more.

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Orange is the New Black’s Laverne Cox to Guest Star in Bravo’s Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce!

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Orange is the New Black’s Laverne Cox has been chosen to guest star in Bravo’s first original scripted series, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce. She will play Adele Northrup, ‘a Pulitzer-Prize winning war journalist and LGBT activist who presents an award at a marriage equality gala.’

Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce stars Lisa Edelstein as Abby McCarthy, ‘a self-help book author who hides the fact that she’s separated from her husband as she starts to navigate her life as a single woman in her early 40s.’ For more details, check out the press release following the jump.

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