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Katherine Heigl Stars in New NBC Drama

Katherine Heigl
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Grey's Anatomy star Katherine Heigl will return to primetime in NBC's new State of Affairs as a CIA attaché tasked with giving daily briefings on global incidents to the President, a role played by Alfre Woodard

Because you can never have too many fictional, blond CIA agents on television, NBC has picked up Katherine Heigl’s new drama series, State of Affairs.

Unlike Claire Danes on Homeland, the Grey’s Anatomy alumna won’t be recruiting assets for overseas intelligence missions—instead, she’ll give daily briefings to the President of the United States, played by Alfre Woodard. The women’s intertwined histories only add to the pressures of the job: Heigl’s character, Charleston “Charlie” Tucker, was engaged to the Commander in Chief’s son before a terrorist attack claimed his life, and she’s still searching for answers about his death.

The show will be Heigl’s first regular television role since the actress left Grey’s Anatomy in 2010, Entertainment Weekly notes.


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