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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?!