Actress Laverne Cox continues to shatter diversity barriers in broadcast TV, most recently landing a role as a transgender Ivy League-educated attorney on new CBS drama, “Doubt,” according to Entertainment Weekly.
The “Doubt” role was always conceived as a transgender character, and it’s tough to imagine a better catch for the part – Cox made the cover of Time magazine last year in a story about the transgender movement. While there have been plenty of transgender characters on broadcast TV shows in the past, they are often short-term parts or comedic roles.
The castings comes as shows with diverse leads are topping the Nielsen ratings. This season the most successful new drama in the adults 18-49 demo is Fox’s hip-hop melodrama “Empire,” with ABC’s legal soap “How to Get Away with Murder” also a hit. The highest-rated new comedy series if ABC’s “Black-ish.” The push for diversity is impacting pilot season, too, with ABC confirming yesterday that its reboot of the 1989 film “Uncle Buck” will feature an all-black cast.
Last year, Cox became the first transgender actress to be nominated for an Emmy award for her role on “Orange is the New Black.”