The 2016-2017 TV season brought about a slew of big cancellations, with many small screen staples saying goodbye to viewers. As it usually goes, a few new series also got the axe, and CBS was surprisingly swift in bringing an end to the legal drama Doubt, considering Katherine Heigl was the lead actress. CBS' just made another arguably surprising decision to bring Doubt back; not for Season 2, mind you, but as a way to fill some summer programming time with already produced content. Still good news for all involved, though.
The summer TV season will now feature 100% more Katherine Heigl than we expected, and CBS will give the remaining eleven episodes of Doubt a new home on Saturday nights. Not the best place for any TV show, but tis a much better place than "on a shelf, collecting dust." Co-creator and executive producer Tony Phelan made the announcement public on Twitter, detailing that July 1 will be the first day fans can see how the short-lived drama turned out.
Doubt starred Katherine Heigl as an attorney who falls in love/lust with a client, played by Steven Pasquale, who was the target of new accusations that he murdered his girlfriend almost 25 years earlier. With a supporting cast of TV faves like Laverne Cox, Dulé Hill and Elliot Gould, Doubt definitely didn't win critics over, and viewers showed up for the episodes that actually aired, but not as many as CBS is accustomed to from shows like NCIS and Criminal Minds. And many of them were not within the key 18-49 demographic, and so after two eps, the plug was pulled. Until now.
While Sunday nights now regularly offer up appointment TV across the dial, Saturdays are still largely uncrackable in delivering ratings for episodic series, as it's a night when most people choose films for entertainment. CBS just recently tried breaking the mold in the midseason with the new drama Ransom, which was something of an experiment to see how many eyeballs could be brought in. Though the viewership wasn't dismal, the key demo numbers were, and the network cancelled the drama following its first season's run. CBS appears determined to at least keep up appearances across the weekend, though, and if the higher-profile-at-one-point Doubt does as well or better than Ransom, we might just see more experiments like this in the future.
Doubt will make its return to CBS for the remainder of Season 1 starting Saturday, July 1, at 8:00 p.m. ET. To see what other shows will be returning and debuting in the coming months, head to our summer TV premiere schedule.