Katherine Heigl used to be America’s “it-girl.” But a string of bad choices that included not “saying no” to a slew of romantic comedies has ultimately led the 35-year-old back to the medium that helped launch her career in the first place: television.
Heigl returns to TV behind a brand new NBC series called State of Affairs. Katherine plays Charleston Tucker, a former CIA field agent tasked with preparing the daily national security briefing for the President, played by Alfre Woodard.
The NY Daily News describes Katherine Heigl’s character “as exceptionally good at her job and ragged in her personal life. She was engaged to the President’s son before he was killed in a terrorist attack, and she is suffering from aftereffects of that trauma while she pushes to find out who did it.”
And while some have compared Heigl’s Tucker to Claire Danes’ Carrie Matheson of Homeland fame, there are many outlets already buzzed about the show’s potential. Unrealitytv for example has already listed State of Affairs as one of the new fall shows they are most excited to watch:
“The series has been created by writer/director Joe Carnahan from The Blacklist and if State of Affairs provides half the mystery and suspense of The Blacklist we’re set to be on the edge of our seats! Katherine was always a favourite of ours on Grey’s and let’s face it, with Scandal and House Of Cards being such big news at the minute, who doesn’t want to watch a brand new political drama?”
NBC feels the same way, having already ordered an entire season’s worth of episodes of the new drama. This kind of network support bodes well for Heigl as she attempts to reignite her stagnant career. As previously reported by Inquistr, Heigl’s career has been in a downward spiral for several years following her successful, albeit controversial run on ABC’s Greys Anatomy.
Katherine recently revealed to Marie Claire that she felt “betrayed” by her career. She also told the UK magazine that she stopped challenging herself when it came to choosing roles:
“I became a bit rote and as a creative person, that can wear you down. That was part of why I took that time off, to ask myself ‘what do you want? What are you looking for?’ I shut down all the noise.”
She also added how close she was from retiring from acting altogether. For fans of Heigl however, the trailer for State of Affairs is reason to give thanks that she did not.
You can watch the trailer for Katherine Heigl’s new show State of Affairs below: