Doubt (TV series)

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Doubt
Doubt logo.png
Genre Legal drama
Created by
Starring
Composer(s) Sean Callery
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Tony Phelan
  • Joan Rater
  • Carl Beverly
  • Sarah Timberman
  • Adam Bernstein
Producer(s) John Cockrell
Location(s) New York City, NY
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Release
Original network CBS
Picture format 16:9 HDTV
Original release February 15 (2017-02-15) – August 12, 2017 (2017-08-12)
External links
Website

Doubt is an American television drama series that premiered on CBS on February 15, 2017 and concluded on August 12, 2017.[1] The series was created by Tony Phelan and Joan Rater, and stars Katherine Heigl in the lead role of Sadie Ellis, a brilliant attorney who falls for her client (Steven Pasquale), an altruistic pediatric surgeon recently accused of murdering his girlfriend 24 years earlier. CBS gave the show a series order in May 2016.[2] After only two episodes had aired, CBS announced that they were pulling the series from their schedule, leaving the future of the remaining unaired episodes uncertain.[3] It was the first official cancellation of the 2016–17 season, following weak viewership. CBS later announced that the series would return on July 1, 2017 to burn off the remaining 11 episodes.[4]

Cast and characters[edit]

  • Katherine Heigl as Sadie Ellis:
    A defense attorney at Roth & Associates, an elite New York law firm run by her foster father, Isaiah Roth. Sadie is defending Billy Brennan, but begins to develop feelings for him.
  • Dulé Hill as Albert Cobb:
    Sadie's best friend, and co-worker at Roth & Associates.
  • Laverne Cox as Cameron "Cam" Wirth:
    Sadie's co-worker. A transgender woman and Yale Law School alumnus, Cam feels passionate about her work, especially in cases involving civil rights for minorities. Cam begins dating DA Peter Garrett, her former classmate at Yale.
  • Dreama Walker as Tiffany Simon:
    Sadie's co-worker, and Cam's frequent collaborator. Tiffany is a recent law school graduate, who was raised in Iowa.
  • Kobi Libii as Nick Brady:
    Nick is a reformed convict, who comes to the firm as a recent parolee. He studied law while incarcerated.
  • Steven Pasquale as William "Billy" Brennan:
    A prominent surgeon, who is on trial for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Amy Meyers, 26 years prior. Billy grew up in a tumultuous family, with his Senator father and mother's marriage on the rocks, and his adoptive sister resenting him. Billy eventually falls in love with Sadie, and they begin a secret relationship.
  • Elliott Gould as Isaiah Roth:
    A prominent lawyer in New York City, who takes pride in defending the defenseless. Isaiah raised Sadie, following her mother's incarnation. He is concerned Sadie and Billy's relationship will jeopardize not only Billy's conviction, but Sadie's future as well.

Recurring[edit]

  • Judith Light as Carolyn Rice:
    Sadie's mother. Carolyn has been incarcerated for the past thirty years, after a robbery she participated in went wrong and a police officer ended up fatally shot. Following her sentencing, Sadie was raised by Isaiah Roth, Carolyn's close friend and lawyer. Later in the series, Carolyn reveals she has stage four cancer, and wants to be with Sadie when she dies.
  • Lauren Blumenfeld as Lucy Alexander:
    Sadie's absent-minded assistant.
  • Tara Karsian as Tanya:
    The firm's receptionist.
  • Ben Lawson as DA Peter Garrett:
    The District Attorney, who is Cam's former classmate. He frequently pursues her romantically, but she wants to take things slow.
  • Cassidy Freeman as ADA Audrey Burris
  • Patrick Fischler as ADA Alan Markes
  • Larry Sullivan as ADA Asher Lowman

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
1"Pilot"Adam BernsteinJoan Rater & Tony PhelanFebruary 15, 2017 (2017-02-15)5.31[5]
2"Then and Now"James StrongJoan Rater & Tony PhelanFebruary 22, 2017 (2017-02-22)4.03[6]
3"Poison Prize"Nicole RubioDavid FeigeJuly 1, 2017 (2017-07-01)1.66[7]
4"Clean Burn"Daisy von Scherler MayerJohn A. NorrisJuly 8, 2017 (2017-07-08)1.62[8]
5"Not a Word"Chris MisianoPamela WechslerJuly 8, 2017 (2017-07-08)1.59[8]
6"Faith"Nicole RubioDon RoosJuly 15, 2017 (2017-07-15)1.61[9]
7"Where Do We Go from Here"Jeannot SzwarcLouisa LevyJuly 22, 2017 (2017-07-22)1.89[10]
8"Top Dog/Underdog"Jonathan BrownJohn CockrellJuly 22, 2017 (2017-07-22)1.80[10]
9"To See, to Tell"Matt Earl BeesleyHeather F. RobbJuly 29, 2017 (2017-07-29)1.70[11]
Tiffany's fiancé breaks off the engagement. Albert finds out that Sadie has been in a relationship with Billy for some time and says he's off the case and will leave the firm.
10"Finally"Maja VrviloDavid FeigeAugust 5, 2017 (2017-08-05)1.92[12]
Billy's trial starts. Albert takes over the case after he finds out that Sadie and Billy have been sleeping together. Nick is tasked with digging up dirt on Russo and finds out that Billy's mother and Mrs Myers used to be friends. Furthermore, it looks like evidence has been tampered with to convict Billy of killing his ex-girlfriend Amy Myers. The lab technician comes under suspicion of interpreting results to help Russo win cases. Cam faces Peter in court over a young man who has been caught tagging. Sadie tells Cam she must disclose her relationship with Peter to the judge and her client. When Cam later speaks with Peter about making their relationship public, Peter realises that he is not quite ready to be judged for dating a black transgender colleague. Cam breaks up with Peter. Sadie is trying to get Albert to forgive her for lying about Billy. Isaiah tells Billy that he has to let Sadie go if he's convicted of murder. Billy's sister Molly testifies that she saw Billy stand over Amy's dead body and that later, her mother sent her back to Korea as a way of silencing her. Sadie uses Molly's therapy session tapes to prove that Molly was angry about Billy and felt alienated from her adoptive mother. It turns out that Billy's prosecution was bought and paid for by Amy Myer's mother. Now, Albert and Sadie have a real chance of winning Billy's case.
11"I'm in If You Are"Rob GreenleaImogen BinnieAugust 5, 2017 (2017-08-05)1.98[12]
Sadie and Albert prep for trial and decide that Billy will not testify. The detective who interviewed Billy in 1991 reveals that Amy's mother made sure that the case would be revisited every year for 26 years in the hope of convicting Amy's murderer. Mrs. Myers had contributed to Ms Russo's campaign for DA, ensuring that Billy would be convicted. Sadie calls the DA to the stand but the DA shatters Sadie's defense. Nick and Tiffany handle an appeal at the prison where Nick used to be incarcerated. Alan confides in Albert that Russo personally ordered the re-investigation into Billy's case and Alan was to give a confidential recommendation that the Brennan case should not be presented to the grand jury. It is still uncertain if Billy Brennan really did kill Amy but Russo was to ensure this narrative. Alan gives Albert suppressed information from the original investigation. There was an alternate suspect, Eli Wagner, a low-level drug dealer from a nearby school who claimed he was friends with Amy. Russo had withheld this information from Albert and Sadie on purpose. Eli testifies that him and Amy had an affair. Amy was going to break up with Billy but Amy ws afraid of Billy's temper but Albert establishes Eli's history of violence against women. Receptionist Tonya encourages Cam to forgive Peter. Peter shows up at Cam's work and wants her back but Cam doesn't trust him anymore and doesn't accept his apology. However, later she reconsiders and agrees to attend a work party with Peter. With Russo under fire, Peter is in line for becoming the acting DA. Billy goes against Sadie and Albert's advice and decides to testify. Billy comments that he saw Amy's face after she was murdered, which creates doubt in Sadie, Albert and the prosecutor about Billy's innocence. Cam and Isaiah appeal to the governor trying to get Sadies mother Carolyn Rice out of prison without success.
12"Running Out of Time"Jerry LevineJohn A. NorrisAugust 12, 2017 (2017-08-12)1.73[13]
A woman with blood spatter all over herself walks into a police station and confesses that she killed her best friend Brenda in her sleep while Tiffany is at the precinct. Tiffany decides to represent the woman with Cam's help and Alison is acquitted but as Alison leaves the court room, Tiffany sees Alison and Brenda's husband smile at each other. They might have gotten away with murder. Sadie is preparing for closing arguments after Billy torpedoed his own case with his testimony. At the start of the session, Abby tells Sadie about the clemency request filed to get Carolyn released due to her cancer, which Sadie didn't know about. The jury votes 11 vs 1 and Billy asks Sadie to push for a verdict. Peter finds out that his election for acting DA is under threat because of his relationship with Cam. Nick has his character interview and is uncertain about whether to tell the truth about a death that occurred during his prison sentence.
13"The Return"Tony PhelanJoan Rater & Tony PhelanAugust 12, 2017 (2017-08-12)1.80[13]
The jury find Billy Brennan not guilty and Billy proposes to Sadie and she accepts. Sadie tries to get Albert to stay with the firm but Albert ends up going independent. Nick tells Tiffany that he likes her and they share a kiss. Cam apologizes to Sadie for not telling her about her Mom's cancer and Nick is being questioned about Danny Lazito's death. Albert is taking on Nick's case. Nick is late picking up a client from a day-release from prison and as a result the client's sentence gets increased from 30 days to 2 years. In the end, however, Cam manages to get the new sentence overthrown. Nick is being arrested and Carolyn is finally being released. Peter looses out on the job as acting DA of New York but is thinking of running in the General Election. Later, Billy's mother wants to throw him a party. Sadie meets Billy's cousin Max who tells him that 10 years ago, Billy almost died and needed a bone marrow transplant from Max. This means that Billy's blood is now different than 26 years ago. Sadie thinks Billy killed Amy and she helped him get away with it.

Production[edit]

The series was originally proposed for the 2015–2016 television season, originally casting KaDee Strickland and Teddy Sears in the lead roles. However, CBS decided to retool the series for the 2016–2017 television season, with Heigl and Pasquale re-cast in the lead roles, and picked it up on May 14, 2016.[14] Cox's casting in the series has made her the first transgender person to play a transgender series regular on broadcast television.[15]

Although CBS canceled the series after just two episodes, a total of 13 episodes were produced. The remaining episodes are being burned off on Saturdays beginning July 1, 2017.[16][17]

Reception[edit]

The first season of Doubt has received mixed reviews from television critics. Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 53%, based on 30 reviews, with an average rating of 5.8/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Doubt struggles with tone in its premiere episode, but ultimately develops into a decent courtroom/workplace drama that is buoyed by a talented cast."[18] Metacritic reported a score of 58 out of 100, based on 25 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[19]

Ratings[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" February 15, 2017 0.8/3 5.31[5] N/A 2.34 N/A 7.64[20]
2 "Then and Now" February 22, 2017 0.6/2 4.03[6] TBD TBD TBD TBD
3 "Poison Prize" July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) 0.2/1 1.66[7] TBD TBD TBD TBD
4 "Clean Burn" July 8, 2017 (2017-07-08) 0.2/1 1.62[8] TBD TBD TBD TBD
5 "Not a Word" July 8, 2017 (2017-07-08) 0.2/1 1.59[8] TBD TBD TBD TBD
6 "Faith" July 15, 2017 (2017-07-15) 0.2/1 1.61[9] 0.1 0.64 0.3 2.25[21]
7 "Where Do We Go from Here" July 22, 2017 (2017-07-22) 0.1/0 1.89[10] 0.1 0.67 0.2 2.56[22]
8 "Top Dog/underdog" July 22, 2017 (2017-07-22) 0.2/1 1.80[10] 0.1 0.66 0.3 2.46[22]
9 "To See, To Tell" July 29, 2017 (2017-07-29) 0.2/1 1.70[11] TBD TBD TBD TBD
10 "Finally" August 5, 2017 (2017-08-05) 0.2/1 1.92[12] 0.1 0.66 0.3 2.57[23]
11 "I'm in If You Are" August 5, 2017 (2017-08-05) 0.2/1 1.98[12] 0.1 0.68 0.3 2.66[23]
12 "Running Out of Time" August 12, 2017 (2017-08-12) 0.2/1 1.73[13] 0.1 0.63 0.3 1.36[24]
13 "The Return" August 12, 2017 (2017-08-12) 0.2/1 1.80[13] 0.1 0.68 0.3 2.48[24]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Nemetz, Dan (February 24, 2017). "Doubt Canceled After 2 Episodes, to Be Replaced by Beyond Borders". TVLine. Retrieved February 24, 2017. 
  4. ^ Ausiello, Michael (June 20, 2017). "Doubt Update: CBS to Air Cancelled Drama's 11 Remaining Episodes". TVLine. Retrieved June 20, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b Porter, Rick (February 16, 2017). "'Speechless' adjusts up, 'SVU' and 'Blindspot' adjust down: Wednesday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 16, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b Porter, Rick (February 24, 2017). "'Lethal Weapon,' 'The Goldbergs' and 'Speechless' adjust up: Wednesday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 24, 2017. 
  7. ^ a b Mitch Metcalf (July 5, 2017). "Top 150 Saturday Cable Originals & Network Finals". Retrieved July 5, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b c d Mitch Metcalf (July 11, 2017). "Top 150 Saturday Cable Originals & Network Finals". Retrieved July 11, 2017. 
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  10. ^ a b c d Metcalf, Mitch (July 25, 2017). "Top 150 Saturday Cable Originals: 7.22.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved July 25, 2017. 
  11. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (August 1, 2017). "Top 150 Saturday Cable Originals: 7.29.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved August 1, 2017. 
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  13. ^ a b c d Metcalf, Mitch (August 15, 2017). "Top 150 Saturday Cable Originals: 8.12.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved August 1, 2017. 
  14. ^ Mitovich, Matt (May 14, 2016). "CBS Orders Katherine Heigl's Legal Drama Doubt to Series". TVLine. Retrieved September 6, 2016. 
  15. ^ Spendlove, Jacqueline. "Career revival: Katherine Heigl takes another crack at TV success". TV Media. Retrieved February 13, 2017. 
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  19. ^ "Doubt: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved August 12, 2017. 
  20. ^ Porter, Rick (March 2, 2017). "'This Is Us' and 'Agents of SHIELD' on top again: Week 22 broadcast Live +7 ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  21. ^ Porter, Rick (July 26, 2017). "'America's Got Talent' remains No. 1 in broadcast Live +7 ratings for July 10–16". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 26, 2017. 
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  23. ^ a b Porter, Rick (August 17, 2017). "'America's Got Talent' and 'World of Dance' dominate broadcast Live +7 ratings for July 31-Aug. 6". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 31, 2017. 
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