Katherine Heigl is making a big change as she goes from ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy to NBC’s State of Affairs and returns to series television. The Seattle Grace alum exited the ABC show that made her a star under tumultuous circumstances in 2010. Heigl’s new series on NBC has the actress playing a determined CIA analyst with demons and a personal agenda. State of Affairs premieres Monday, November 17 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.
The spectre of Heigl’s Grey’s Anatomy exit has followed the star ever since and labeled her as “difficult.” However, the actress has disputed that accusation and contends that she was young, as well as naive regarding her newfound fame. She does not dispute that she could have handled her exit from the hit ABC medical drama differently, but the actress claims she has learned and matured a great deal since that point in her life. Heigl has credited her growth to being a wife and mother, as well as experiencing setbacks in her career.
As Katherine Heigl goes from Grey’s Anatomy to her new series, State of Affairs, the actress is poised to play Charleston “Charlie” Tucker, a CIA analyst, who assesses the nation’s most alarming security threats as the president’s daily briefer. Charlie also has a personal agenda associated with her job. Her fiancé was murdered in Kabul, Afghanistan a year ago in an attack, which Charlie survived. The president, who is played by veteran actress Alfre Woodard (Desperate Housewives), was her fiancé’s mother and would have been Charlie’s mother-in-law.
State of Affairs has already encountered its fair share of controversy. The inclusion of Heigl’s manager mother, Nancy, as an executive producer alongside the actress has apparently ruffled some feathers. Additionally, Ed Bernero, who created the CBS hit series, Criminal Minds, quit soon after the pilot over alleged disagreements with show creator Joe Carnahan (The Blacklist) and was replaced by Dario Scardapane of the cancelled FX series, The Bridge. Moreover, the series pilot is certain to elicit a response since it features a decapitation of a British aid worker by Middle Eastern militants, which was shot months before ISIS’ public beheadings.
Other issues surrounding Charlie’s character on State of Affairs is the fact that she cannot remember what really happened a year ago when the diplomatic convoy was attacked and the love of her life was killed. Charlie may have survived, but she is living with guilt and anger, as well as a need to avenge her fiancé’s death not only for her sake, but for the president, which binds the women on a professional and personal level.
Katherine Heigl is returning to series television in a major way as she goes from ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy to NBC’s State of Affairs in a new political drama, which the actress not only stars in, but will also executive produce, along with her mother. The former Grey’s Anatomy star exited the ABC show in 2010 to focus on a movie career. When Heigl’s film career fizzled, she focused on her growing family. Now, the actress has returned to series television in State of Affairs on NBC, as a determined CIA analyst with demons and a personal agenda. State of Affairs premieres Monday, November 17 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.
By Leigh Haugh
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