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Laverne Cox pilot The Trustee will not be a series on ABC

Transgender star remains optimistic despite latest TV setback

Laverne Cox pilot The Trustee will not be a series on ABC
Laverne Cox won't be returning to television in The Trustee

Laverne Cox had hoped to follow the quick cancellation of Doubt on CBS with a new series on ABC called The Trustee.

But it was not to be.

ABC announced its new fall schedule today and The Trustee, a female buddy cop comedy, was not on it.

Cox had the co-lead role of Amanda Jones, a larger-than-life ex-con finishing out her prison sentence doing menial tasks for the police department.

Jones teams with Eliza Radley (Meaghan Rath), a driven but stubborn detective in a highly entertaining and successful partnership.

‘I had such an amazing time working on it with the awesome cast and crew, playing Amanda Jones and being a red head,’ Cox writes in an Instagram post.

‘Just getting the opportunity to be a co-lead on a network pilot is a dream come true especially for a girl like me.

‘It’s made that much more special because Amanda wasn’t written as a trans character. But the writers, producers and network thought the specific qualities I have as an actress were right for the character. So they hired me.

‘It is my hope that more writers, producers, networks and casting directors will continue to hire talent because of our talent and the very unique, special qualities we as artists can bring to the work.’

Cox had played a transgender attorney on legal drama Doubt which was pulled from the air after just two airings due to low ratings.

The show’s remaining episodes may air this summer.

Producers of The Trustee quickly went after Cox following the cancellation of Doubt.

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