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Katie Holmes to Play Manhattan Socialite in Upcoming ABC Pilot

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With her fashion line closed, Katie Holmes is focused on acting, returning to TV in her first starring role since Dawson’s Creek.

Holmes will play an “Audrey Hepburn-esque” New York City socialite in an untitled ABC drama, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Beautiful Creatures director Richard LaGravenese will write and executive-produce the show.

Holmes, 35, has been busy with movie projects and TV guest spots since the teen cult classic Dawson’s Creek ended in 2003. After splitting from ex-husband Tom Cruise, she moved with daughter Suri, 7½, to New York – a fitting location for the ABC pilot, which will follow the rivalry between two influential and manipulative Manhattan women.

But in real life, Holmes happily keeps things low-key in the Big Apple.

“I love the theater, the galleries in my neighborhood. Stuff [like] that is so much of what makes me love this city,” she told PEOPLE in February. “I love the Knicks. I love talking to my neighbors in the elevator. I like feeling a part of something big.”

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