CBS Drama ‘Doubt’ Cancelled After Just Two Episodes

By February 26, 2017

Thus far, the 2016-17 television season has been exceptionally merciful regarding new series on the big four networks. By this point, any number of shows on CBS, ABC, NBC and Fox usually has bitten the dust, but it has taken until now for the first major network casualty to fall prey to the chopping block.

Doubt – the new midseason CBS legal drama starring Katherine Heigl and Laverne Cox – has been outright cancelled after only two episodes.

Former Grey’s Anatomy executive producers Tony and Joan Phelan spearheaded the series, which stars Heigl as a defense lawyer who becomes romantically involved with a client accused of murder.

Doubt marks Heigl’s second short-lived return to series television – the first being 2014-15 NBC political drama State of Affairs – since her exit from Grey’s Anatomy in 2010. Notably, Doubt featured Emmy nominee Cox (Orange is the New Black) as the first transgender actress to play an openly trans character on broadcast television.

Regardless, The Hollywood Reporter writes that Doubt has been pulled from the CBS schedule, and though it could return, all signs point to this being the end for the show. Its debut Feb. 15 was met with a dismal rating among the critical adults 18 to 49 age demographic. That number dropped even further with the second week.

All 13 ordered episodes of the series have completed production, though right now it appears unclear if the remaining 11 will air at all.

CBS had invested quite a bit in the heavily promoted Doubt, which was redeveloped and recast from the previous pilot season. So it’s possible that the network will simply cut its losses on this one, opting instead to put more established series like Bull and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders in its place.

The latter will regularly assume the Wednesday at 10 p.m. timeslot formerly occupied by Doubt starting March 8.

While ABC has elected not to order additional episodes of shows like Conviction and Notorious, Doubt is different in that it was yanked from the CBS schedule prior to completing its initial run. Still, overall the network is having a solid year with regard to its new additions.

So far, high-profile freshman shows like Bull, Kevin James comedy Kevin Can Wait, a MacGyver reboot, and the Matt LeBlanc-led Man with a Plan have all at least received full season orders.

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Robert Yaniz Jr.

Contributing Writer at GeekNation
A professional writer since 2003 and a student of pop culture long before that, Robert has written hundreds of news articles, features and reviews on the entertainment world for various media outlets. When he's not relishing in the arts or writing about them, he can usually be found enduring the cries of his infant daughter alongside his wife.
  • John Ikarus

    An indictment on Katherine Heigl’s star power or lack thereof