Katherine Heigl Laverne Cox

CBS has cancelled the legal drama TV series Doubt starring transgender actor Laverne Cox in a groundbreaking primetime role after just 2 episodes.

The 32-year-old Alabama native, who was born Roderick Laverne Cox, played a fiercely competitive corporate attorney alongside actress Katherine Heigl in the midseason TV drama.

“I'm an avid TV watcher and, growing up, I did not see people like me on television," said Cox at the Television Critics Association summer press junket last year.

Cox, who suffers from the mental disorder Gender Dysphoria, added, “It's wonderful to get to play a character like that. And to be a black transgender woman in that position on CBS feels really special.”

Heigl, 38, said acting alongside a transsexual actor was "terrifying, stressful and scary". She returned to broadcast TV after acting in the short-lived NBC drama State of Affairs.

“I’m trying to stay focused on how fun it’s been. I’m just really excited for people to see this," she said at the press junket.

Unfortunately, CBS Viewers tuned out in droves after satisfying their curiosity when the series debuted earlier this month.

CBS announced the TV drama was pulled from the broadcast schedule on Friday. It isn't clear if the remaining 11 episodes will air. Doubt was the first casualty of the 2017 broadcast season, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Doubt premiered to weak ratings that dipped even lower after the 2nd episode aired.

One viewer predicted the series would "flop" after CBS seemed to jump on the Gay Agenda bandwagon.

A TVline.com reader with the username "Realwoman" commented:

"People won’t watch bad acting and that’s what I saw when I watched part of the first episode. I actually got a good nap in trying to watch it. Most of the show I watch regularly are CBS shows but this one won’t be one of them. I’ll find something better to watch. But hey, if that’s your standard, go ahead."

Doubt was replaced by a rerun of the CBS drama Bull in the Wednesday night 10 pm EST time slot.

Thanks to loyal reader Lovezoe for the tip.

  • Erin Blockabitch

    I firmly believe Laverne won't have a problem finding other work. Katherine Heigl, on the other hand, cannot act her way out of a paper bag. After she betrayed Isaiah Washington, I have nothing for Heigl nor her career. He made a comeback. Her time has been up.

  • puppylove

    Shondra done put them Celie fingers on Katherine Heigel.

  • Carolina Blue

    Well wtf wants to look at vern??? I sure as hell dont!

  • Vonn

    Why is lavern looking like..."What you talking bout Willis?" Katherine is a no, always a no, even if it's a silent film. No.

  • Vonn

    Bless those fingers.

  • Wreckognize Game

    “I’m an avid TV watcher and, growing up, I did not see people like me on television,” said Cox at the Television Critics Association summer press junket last year.
    ----
    If Laverne is identifying as a woman there were many people like her on tv.

  • MystyBlu

    She was terrified and scared yet focused on how much fun she was having?! ?

  • puppylove

    She better get back to doing NyQuil commercials

  • MystyBlu

    Right! Ever since she showed her ass on Grey's then went off on her role in Knocked Up I don't mess with her. Thankfully she stopped being in EVERY rom com

  • Wreckognize Game

    But Isaiah was labeled homophobic...??Heigel

  • MystyBlu

    THIS! Til you do right by me...

  • puppylove

    Dumb blonde. Bit the hand that fed her

  • MystyBlu

    I don't believe she said that at all...that's clearly sprinkling. But what happened to Isaiah was wrong. He played himself but Katherine played the victim and milked a situation that had nothing to do with her

  • MystyBlu

    ???

  • Vonn

    Or just drink some.

  • puppylove

    That is what she knows to do.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Katherine still trying to catch a break after Grey's Anatomy. ?

  • puppylove

    She will never

  • Lovezoe
  • MystyBlu

    Play the victim to get her way. She's not likable at all. Was playing the white version of Gabby u in every movie lol

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Someone done put a "rut" on her. She better get some herbs or something.

  • NavyWife11

    Katherine Heigal is blacklisted in Hollywood. I kinda knew this show would flop

  • puppylove

    Katherine Heigel must have an amazing agent. They ALWAYS get her jobs, unfortunately she can't keep them.

  • puppylove

    She better crawl back to Shondra, do a Cersei "Shame" walk

  • Vonn

    Shondra said no backsies.

  • MystyBlu

    Wasn't there some controversy about her and her momager being unpleasant and demanding? Surprised she stays booked. More surprised she's still married

  • Lovezoe

    Shondra said never. She even let Isaiah come back. Don't respect someone craft.

  • MsPam

    Good, I can't stand the man! If Shonda is keeping her from getting jobs karma is......

  • MystyBlu

    Katherine messed up when she refused the Emmy nod saying the writing was no good. Then she went on a rant about how misogynistic knocked up was AFTER it became her biggest movie ?

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    Rodrick is no one's 32. I refuse to believe he's 32.

  • Erin Blockabitch

    She put a "rut" on herself. My girl Karma came and hollered back.

  • Strong White Woman

    Thanks to loyal reader Lovezoe for the tip

    Yay LoveZoe?? Such beauty and grace. Now queen of the day? Sorry Cox haters (heehee) This was Heigl's show and Heigl's failure. They've tried pawning her off on the CBS agers now twice to no avail. No one to blame but herself? Issa mean ass alabaster, allegedly?

  • puppylove

    Laverne is 32. Rodrick may be 52.

  • Lovezoe

    I think she could have had a good Tv and movie career, but that attitude trash

  • Zizzle

    Y'all not following the program. The blog owner wants you to blame the big Black transsexual for the cancelling, not the adorable White princess. Ok? Let's try this again.

  • MystyBlu

    Definitely Heigl's failure. Everything she touches turns to shyt now. Even Alfre couldn't save her ?????

  • Strong White Woman

    Omg look at my widdle puppy wuppy being all smarty arty? Forgive me, I'm drunk with carbs? I agree. Agent game on fleek. A woman of another hue could neva?

  • MystyBlu

    Her attitude has been the death of her. I enjoyed some of her movies just like Gabby, but the attitude takes away from it. She's not talented enough to overcome that

  • Sucker Free

    Who cares.....I'm sick of seeing shim everywhere (i.e. the blogs) if u really wanna know ?

  • puppylove

    That white heiffer pissed off the writer's guild. She toast. I almost believe they write crap for her on purpose.

  • Strong White Woman

    Yes there is. Maybe she's different at home?? Maybe she gives at work what she gets at home? There was a story a few years ago on female cops being abused at home then taking it out on 'suspects'. With her though she's been that way long before that man came into the picture?

  • MystyBlu

    I'm binge watching season 1 of underground getting ready for 3/8! Can't wait! Love me some Aldis ???

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    Lavern us one ugly man.

  • digital_femme

    People don't want to watch trannies on mainstream tv. Hits too close to home for the downlow men and their suspicious wives and girlfriends. His acting wasn't too bad on OITNB, but he was basically playing himself in that role anyway. He'll probably end up on something like Logo.

  • Strong White Woman

    Bourgeois? Just boooogie?

  • MystyBlu

    He may just be okay with her attitude? I agree she's BEEN like that. But lots of marriages/relationships you'd think were solid break up when they're tired of proving people wrong

  • puppylove

    New post

    2 Chains cleaning house

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    Ok!!!

  • Lovezoe

    Aww you my boo forever.

  • Carolina Blue

    ???

  • Carolina Blue

    ???

  • Carolina Blue

    Hey you.

  • NeverSurprised

    Since Leroy Cox does all of his acting with his lips, I'm not surprised that the ax has fallen this swiftly. He's unbearable to watch, for a myriad of reasons. Sorry, but I'm not going along with the "alternative fact" that this 6' man has miraculously morphed into a woman.

  • Tlowe89

    He would've been good on a Lee Daniel's show or a CW show.

  • jussaying

    lol dang. i bet Katharine Heighl wishes she could flashback a few years and stfu a time or two. seems like every project she does is doomed now. bets get back to those diarrhea commercials.

  • Tlowe89

    It clearly just wasn't a great show or it wasn't as good as other shows people are used to watching at that particular time. Maybe it would've been better on a Friday evening at 7pm.

  • jussaying

    lmao yes. she burns bridges all over the place. talked chit about seth rogen and judd apatow too.

  • Strong White Woman

    Hey doodie butt?

  • dontgetblocked

    Leroy still has a penis so he doesn't really want to be a woman. He like to play dress up like Brucette and Rupaul. They like to have the best of both worlds.

  • MystyBlu

    Yeah she thought she was above it all. Bish I remember you from my dad, the hero. Stop it

  • klwbaby

    I just watch the Price is Right and Amazing Race on CBS, so whatever?

  • Blak

    Ok why don't these producers put together a show staring Leslie Jones and Laverne w/Cox and call it Mutts a "true story of incredibly strong and brave black women". Yeah, who is gonna tune in to watch that bull shit?? We are not here for Laverne w/Cox and never will be

  • lovelygamour

    This was suppose to be katherine show but they gave it to laverne. It wasnt fair. Her last show had some thrown in things that killed it, as well.
    Just like how they are trying to blame affleck for his new movie not making numbers, no, no one wants to watch elisabeth olsen. Stop forcing her in.
    Cbs is known for shoehorning actors(ess).

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    He does good on oitnb but yea nobody is checking for him really

  • KennyHollywood

    I don't think HE deserved a role like this anyway. Too much attention is given to this MAN and HIS transgenderism. HE should just realize that HIS ceiling as an Actor is on "OITNB". HE shouldn't get discouraged though, because he's a strong black MAN. When he was just a BOY, he should of realized that HIS path was probably the NFL or NBA. They can't keep a good MAN down though and I got this DUDE's back. Keep your head up BRO!

  • jussaying

    lol and Roswell.

  • Sucker Free

    Y u gotta drag Leslie in with shim ?

  • MystyBlu

    She wasn't cute and was considered "fat" for a white girl. She started feeling herself when Shonda gave her a name and lost her mind

  • jussaying

    lol i never really liked her anyway. i just don't like her last name reminds me of phlegm.

  • hottlanta

    Please do not use shoehorning and Leroy Cox in the same sentence.

  • MystyBlu

    She was in one of my guilty pleasure movies, 100 girls. She was pretty good in that but she was always a sidekick. Wasn't cute enough to lead

  • jussaying

    LOL WHAT KIND OF MOVIE IS 100 Girls, Mysty??? ?

  • hottlanta

    So Leroy is 32. Now he is lying about his age just like a woman. I can't stand to see him talk. His mouth is always on the "O" oral sex position. Glad it is cancelled.

  • MystyBlu

    lol it's a 90s romantic comedy. There was 100 women and 100 girls. No freak shyt

  • nicelyput32

    Something about Laverne Cox makes my @$$ itch.

  • Being bad is way more fun

    When did they start canceling shows after only 2 episodes ? is this fake news ???

  • http://olskoolblackflix.com Prof. Taco Juice

    Hence the last name Cox ?

  • http://olskoolblackflix.com Prof. Taco Juice

    Katherine doesn't like working with lgbt folks but not too good to do a cat commercial
    https://youtu.be/lXSULvamnMI

  • http://olskoolblackflix.com Prof. Taco Juice

    Excuse me...cat litter commercial.

  • Guest who

    Oh Katherine you should have never crossed Shonda. Your poison in films and now tv. And Roderick go back to the streaming shows per Netflix you confused people do not belong on network tv.

  • TLC

    We went to middle school together, and he was a grade above me. I'm 42, so he's at least 42 as well.

  • VV

    The reason I won't watch this show is because of Katherine.

  • Michelle

    Didn't we know this was going to happen? We aren't ready for drag queens in prime time roles. Gay men in Hollywood have singlehandedly ruined the reputation of women by depicting us in horrific ways in cinema. We are r@ped, beaten, drug addicts or wh@res in any motion picture today. They even have girls and women referring to each other as b@tches, which is beyond my comprehension. They have feminized an entire generation of boys. Now, they want to shove queens down our throats as if that's "OK". The public has spoken, its not.

  • Michelle

    No, she stuck up for her gay co-star on Grey's Anatomy and was fired for it. His crossing Shondra Rhimes only added fuel to the fire and he's been MIA ever since. With Katherine, I think its a combination of her nasty attitude and her being ungrateful. She lost me when she returned an award she was given for her role on Grey's Anatomy. She said she couldn't accept it because the writing was undeserving of such. Unbelievable.....

  • Michelle

    We got cha!....????

  • Michelle

    Omg! LMFAO!!!!!...???!

  • Michelle

    No you didn't! Omg, LMFAO!!!!....???

  • Chellie141508

    Playing along side a trans male was terrifying, stressful and scary for this white woman..regardless of her reputation, her words and are What sank this ship...

  • http://olskoolblackflix.com Prof. Taco Juice

    Okay, that I didn't know but she appears to have no chill when it came to Rodney. I mean, if your co-worker's professional, what more can you really ask for? Especially with such a huge fall from grace.

  • Lolalao

    I think the show failed because of her, people keeping saying Laverne. Katherine Heigl isn't marketable.

  • Lolalao

    That's what I'm saying.

  • Lolalao

    ???

  • Malcom Flex

    I won't watch a man try to replace a black woman nope that I can't support

  • Malcom Flex

    THAT

  • jussaying

    yeah people don't like katherine. she's got a bad reputation in the industry and it follows her.

  • http://www.statehouse.go.ug/past-presidents/president-idi-amin-dada-field-marshall ?Lord General Zulu Amin ?

    I have arrived!!! Get this fag off tv pronto!

  • https://www.facebook.com/Danayhelena Danay Helena

    ?????

  • LeeSeeCee

    I caught some of the 1st episode and it stunk. Laverne's acting was sub par. Dule can do better..

  • LadyFrance

    Kathrine Hiegl didnt say this in refernece to Laverne Cox. She said this in reference to shooting a pilot for this show. The fact that Sandra Rose bog so shamelessly misquoted her on purpose to prove a point is sad. Any point can be driven home on this article WITHOUT lying about someone was talking about. Give shade where shade is due when quoting or reading something in FULL CONTEXT. Do better Sandra

  • Emily post

    Well they use to make fun of black women using men all the time now they just use a man to play a black woman for real... I dont expect anything more from Hollywood.

  • YES I SAID IT…

    I’m with U on this one. I don’t care if one is g*y or confused about who they are from the inside out BUT I will not support a man pretending to be me, a real biological woman!

  • Kanyade

    I knew this show wouldn't last. And it wasn't because of Cox. It even wasn't because of Katherine Heigel. The previews/promos were just BLAH overall. BLAHHHHHHHHH.

  • https://www.instagram.com/nymagee/ Ny MaGee

    baby-doll blonde weave on black women (including the fake ones = Laverne) looks damn awful....

  • tynamight

    That is a bad angle for ol' Laverne.

  • Taylordanes

    That wig is a mess

  • Taylordanes

    #clickandbait

  • Tiffany Miller

    First mistake was CBS... what shows are on CBS? I never watch CBS at all anymore.. Just FOX and ABC...

  • B Zandaz

    Dang Izzie should have stuck With Grey's anatomy .She hasn't been able to retain the success she had then, Sorry4ya!

  • dluv212

    Not really. The blog just wants to the MANY MANY MANY ignorant black folks out there to bash the tranny. Nobody cares about the white girl nor the show.

  • Malcom Flex

    YEH AND PLUS TRANNIES ARE NOTHING NEW IT'S ALWAYS BEEN A VERY SMALL AMOUNT OF THEM ALL THROUGH HISTORY BUT NO WAY IN HELL IS A TRANS THE OPPOSITE SEX.

  • YES I SAID IT…

    I’m glad you referred to him as of what he is and that is a man instead of addressing him as a woman which he is not. A lot of people are afraid to say what they mean and mean what they say because of how society will view them as if because they don’t accept things as is because you accept things for what it is. I am a strong believer in live and let live but I refuse to jump on the band wagon heading to the land of the lost just because 99% of the world decided to go for the ride.

  • 4RGSpot

    Ridiculous isn't it?

  • Heather July McCarthy Clapper

    I have never seen so much hate in one place. I cannot believe this many people throw stones in their glass house. None of you are perfect and neither am I! Forget trying to impress anyone here with your words. Take a moment, by yourself, and just think. Do you really hate another person for a choice that does no harm to you. No matter your religious beliefs or my own doesn't everyone deserve a chance to be happy?
    And its ok to say that the acting wasn't up to par or that you don't support someone who is transgender. However, a lot of comments are going waaay beyond that. And I pray that someday you will realize you can be a wonderful person and still have your beliefs. Hurting someone beyond that is just wrong and thats exactly what I tell my 8 year old. Peace be with each and everyone of you.