It’s hard to believe that Laverne Cox has not yet totally taken over our television screens in 2017.
Her performance on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black consistently shines in both humor and poignancy, distinguishing her time and again as an especially affecting actress. As the show steadily marches towards to its final two seasons, Cox is more than deserving of a primetime show all her own.
However, the path to broadcast has not been smooth. Cox has had a slew of guest appearances on shows such as The Mindy Project and Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, but these have been woefully short-lived experiences.
While she most recently earned a recurring role on the CBS drama series Doubt alongside Katherine Heigl and Elliott Gould, the show was cancelled after only two episodes.
But now, a recently greenlit opportunity with ABC may just have sticking power this time around.
Cox is set to star in a new, one-hour drama called Spirited. She will play a fake psychic who realizes she can communicate with the dead and, inspired by her new powers, tries to help these lost souls and their living loved ones.
While it is still too early in pre-production for any further plot or casting details, we do know that Spirited is being produced by Warner Bros. Television via Elizabeth Banks’ studio Brownstone Productions. Banks and fellow Brownstone producer Max Handelman will thus serve as executive producers for the series, along with Scandal and Still Star-Crossed producer Heather Mitchell. Mitchell will also be the series’ writer.
What are your thoughts about Spirited and Cox’s starring role on the show? Do you think it’ll be a hit, or would you prefer to see Cox take on other projects? Tell us all about it in the comments!