Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Emmy-nominated actress Laverne Cox continues to blaze trails! The “Orange is the New Black” star has recently inked a deal with CBS for a new drama centered on a transgender attorney in an upcoming series titled, “Doubt.” Cox‘s character is being described as “an Ivy-League-educated attorney who is funny, fierce and compassionate, who also fights hard for her clients.”  The series is executive produced by “Grey’s Anatomy” duo Tony Phelan and Joan Rater. [Deadline]

“Selma” director Ava DuVernay is attached to a new pilot for CBS titled “For Justice.”  The drama is based on James Patterson’s novel, “The Thomas Berryman Number,” which follows a Nashville reporter, Ochs Jones and his investigation into the murder of the city’s first black mayor, Jimmie Lee Horne. Reportedly, the new adaptation of the story will follow a female FBI agent, who works in the Criminal Section of the Department of Civil Rights Division, and is caught between her family’s radical views and her professional family. [Indie Wire]

Veteran actor, Blair Underwood has purchased the rights to David R. Stokes’, espionage thriller, “Camelot’s Cousin: The Spy Who Betrayed Kennedy.”  The project follows Templeton Davis, a media personality and scholar, who is investigating whether or not one of President Kennedy’s closest friends was a Russian Mole. The story is set during the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis and will star Underwood as Davis. [The Hollywood Reporter]


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