Katie Holmes is becoming the latest Hollywood star to give a struggling TV show a boost. This Fall, Holmes will spend one episode on ABC's Eli Stone, reuniting with her Dawson's Creek boss Greg Berlanti, the man behind Eli. The Holmes-Cruise family has even already been spotted on the set yesterday, as Holmes is filming the role right now.
"I was at the table read," ABC Entertainment President Steve McPherson said this morning at the TCA press tour. "She was fabulous. It's a great role for her."
And that's not all: "There's actually some singing and dancing that she does," McPherson said, "and she's exquisite." The idea, McPherson said, came from Berlanti, who had been talking with Holmes about working together again (according to Berlanti, he "begged her" to do it). It should give ABC a good way to promote the show for the Fall: While Eli had OK ratings when it premiered in the Spring, it wasn't a blockbuster by any means.
The episode will air as the second of the new season, on Oct. 21. Berlanti revealed that Holmes's character is also a lawyer, though she doesn't practice law in the episode, and she does "a lot of work" in the episode rather than just a scene here or there.
Hey, it's not the first time she's ever made a singing appearance on TV. Are you excited to see her back on the small screen? And, Eli fans, do you think it's a good fit?