Exclusive: Katie Holmes Cruises to 'Eli Stone'

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Yep, you read that headline correctly.

In arguably the biggest piece of stunt casting since How I Met Your Mother lassoed Britney Spears, sources confirm to me exclusively that Katie Holmes is returning to the small screen this fall on ABC’s sophomore drama, Eli Stone. A spokesperson for the show declined to comment, but I’m told Suri’s mama is on board for one episode. (For specifics on her character, check out my Live Press Tour Diary.)

The gig, which should give a nice boost to the critically-adored but marginally-rated series, marks a reunion between Holmes and her former Dawson’s Creek boss, Eli exec producer Greg Berlanti. Next month, Mrs. Tom Cruise heads to New York, where she’ll be making her Broadway debut this fall in a revival of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons.

So, what do you think, Eli fans? I’m thinking you’re embracing this news since it’ll no doubt expose Eli to millions of potential new viewers. Plus, it’s freakin’ Joey Potter! You with me?!

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  • Ed

    I’m interested. I actually thought she was great on Dawson’s but bad in every movie I’ve seen here in. I think she’s a decent tv actress but she doesn’t have the power to control a movie screen.

  • Brooke

    Great news, i can’t wait. I like Eli Stone, but not a fan actually. Let’s see what Katie can do!
    Ausiello, i NEED some One Tree Hill scoop, puh-lease. Specially regarding Brooke and Lucas!

  • couchgrouch

    turned down The Dark Knight and is gonna be on Eli Stone…wow, she really traded UP!

  • Jake Lipson

    This actually is fine with me. I never watched Dawson’s (too young at the time to notice it), but Katie’s good (she was solid in Batman Begins and good in Thank You For Smoking.) So as stunt casting for a ratings boost goes, this actually will work out, I think. And YAY if it boosts Eli up.

  • Dave

    Cool!

  • donner

    Nice to see that Tom is taking her ankle monitor off for a week…I’d still rather watch George Michael on Eli Stone …sorry Katie…

  • Kathy

    HOLY SCOOP!

  • Anonymous

    No – not excited. but I’m glad one network wasn’t stupid enough to cancel a show on the ‘bubble’ – ahem CBS

  • am

    great show, and Katie is a great actress, I’m sure it will add to the fun and hopefully will bring more people in to watch.

  • Nasir

    I love this show and anything that will keep it on the air will be fine with me. But, I also enjoy Ms. Katie, before all the Ms. Cruise thing.

  • marion

    AWESOME!!!!!
    AWESOME!!!!!
    AWESOME!!!!!
    AWESOME!!!!!
    AWESOME!!!!!

  • Mike

    Katie Holmes is an actress?

  • Beverley

    I love Eli Stone. It’s a cute show with an interesting premise. I will still watch the episode but will probably laugh at her “acting” since she’s really terrible at it.

  • Dolly

    Yuck. She’s terrible since she hooked up with Cruise. It’s like she literally sold her soul. She just sucks the air out of the scenes she’s in.

  • Lindsey

    The only reason I am happy about this is like you said hopefully will get people tuned in, I love the show & don’t want it to get canceled. I hate stunt casting.

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