July 16, 2008 / 7:35 PM / 12 years ago

Katie Holmes returning to TV in ABC's "Eli Stone"

Actress Katie Holmes presents the Swarovski President's Award at the 10th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards in Beverly Hills, California February 19, 2008. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress Katie Holmes will make a guest appearance on ABC’s critically acclaimed “Eli Stone” this season, returning to U.S. network television in a role that will feature her singing and dancing, network executives said on Wednesday.

Holmes, 29, who is married to film star Tom Cruise, is due to shoot the guest spot before she makes her Broadway debut this fall in a revival of Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons,” alongside Dianne Wiest and John Lithgow.

ABC Entertainment President Stephen McPherson, speaking to a gathering of reporters, said Holmes had wanted to reunite with “Eli Stone” executive producer Greg Berlanti, with whom she worked on “Dawson’s Creek,” the TV teen drama that made Holmes famous in the late 1990s.

“It’s a really special piece of business,” McPherson said. “Greg came to me with the idea because he really had a creative way to do it. And he and Katie wanted to get back together and do something.”

McPherson also acknowledged that bringing Holmes to “Eli Stone” would assist promotional efforts for an offbeat drama that won critical praise but drew modest ratings in its first season.

“It’s a great role for her,” McPherson said. “There is some singing and dancing she does. And she’s exquisite.”

Earlier this year, she co-starred with Diane Keaton and Queen Latifah in comedy “Mad Money,” her first film since Cruise and Holmes’ daughter, Suri, was born in April 2006. She and Cruise married in November of that year.


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