By Tim Stack
Updated October 22, 2008 at 12:00 PM EDT

As a very loyal Dawson’s Creek fan, I was about as excited as Dawson Leery getting a director’s cut DVD of A.I. for Creek star Katie Holmes’ return to television. She played a clumsy lawyer named Grace on last night’s episode of ABC’s Eli Stone and was surprisingly good. Holmes was sweet and charming and totally made you forget that she’s the woman who gave birth to Suri (oh and the wife of Tom Cruise)! And she displayed impressive singing and dancing skills while performing Duke Ellington’s “Hit Me With a Hot Note” during an Eli hallucination (although I kinda knew that she could sing and dance after watching the Dawson’s Creek True Hollywood Story and I think at least one or two Jules Asner/E! specials on Holmes).

But it did make me wish Holmes would get back to doing films that actually give her characters to play, like Wonder Boys and Pieces of April, instead of bigger flicks, like Abandon and Mad Money, that offer scant challenges and, to be honest, completely blow. I could see Holmes actually carving out an Anne Hathaway-ish path on the big screen. And if that doesn’t work, well she’s always welcome back on the small screen. What do you think Pop Watchers?