Katherine Heigl Is Bummed She Isn’t a Producer on Her New CBS Show

TCA 2016: “I really tried to get them to let me be one,” the “Doubt” star jokes

Katherine Heigl is taking a step back from producing with her new CBS drama “Doubt,” but the actress said that she doesn’t really see it as a good thing.

The actress previously served as the star and executive producer of last year’s “State of Affairs,” but she’ll go back to simply starring in her new legal drama from “Grey’s Anatomy” producers Tony Phelan and Joan Rater.

“I actually loved being a producer. It was so fun for me,” Heigl said at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Wednesday from Beverly Hills, California. “It was so engaging in a totally different way.”

But the show, which had been in development for years before Heigl was attached to star “was already in place,” the actress said. “I really tried to get them to let me be one,” she joked. “But I’ll just be an actor.”

Heigl wasn’t the only one on the panel to score a laugh from critics at the Beverly Hilton on Wednesday. Larverne Cox earned a few laughs with a dig at her co-star Dreama Walker, who said she doesn’t understand why she’s always cast as the Midwestern girl trying to navigate big-city life.

“I’m a part Puerto Rican girl from Florida, for goodness sakes,” Walker said. “I don’t know why this keeps happening to me.”

While the rest of the panel offered a few suggestions, including Walker’s slight Midwest-sounding accent and her “big eyes,” Cox jumped in with her own explanation: “Well you are from Tampa.”