Showrunner Leaves Katherine Heigl-Led STATE OF AFFAIRS on NBC
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EW's source says the split is due to "creative differences" with executive producer Joe Carnahan and has nothing to do with Heigl, who left GREY'S ANATOMY with a less-than-clean rap sheet with the show's her co-stars and creative team.
Heigl plays a high-level CIA analyst in the upcoming drama series. STATE OF AFFAIRS is set to debut on Monday, November 17 on NBC.
About STATE OF AFFAIRS: Each day the President is faced with dozens of life and death decisions, and to prioritize the biggest international crises facing the country, one top CIA analyst - Charleston Tucker (Katherine Heigl, "Grey's Anatomy") - assembles the President's Daily Briefing (PDB). This list of the most vital security issues facing the nation brings with it moral and political judgment calls for Charleston and her trusted group of brilliant analysts at the agency. Aside from the political minefields she has to walk, Charlie has a close personal relationship with the President (Alfre Woodard, "Desperate Housewives") because she was once engaged to her son before a tragic terrorist attack took his life. Charlie survived that attack and is now determined to bring the perpetrators to justice. Navigating a complex personal life and a pressure-cooker profession is, of course, a challenge, and Charlie sometimes engages in boundary-pushing behavior to avoid facing her grief. But when the clock strikes 2 a.m., she is all about her job - protecting her nation, serving her President and still trying to get to the bottom of her fiancé's murder that will reveal itself as a shocking mystery.
The cast also includes Adam Kaufman, Sheila Vand, Cliff Chamberlain, Tommy Savas, Leslie Odom, Jr., Henry Zebrowski, Lenora Crichlow, Christina Kirk and Katey Sagal (narrator).
Writer-director Joe Carnahan ("The Blacklist") serves as executive producer with Katherine Heigl, Nancy Heigl, Robert Simonds, Sophie Watts, Henry Crumpton, Rodney Faraon and Julia Franz. "State of Affairs" is a production of Universal Television, Bob Simonds Company and Abishag Productions.
Writers Ben Queen ("Drive"), Rashida Jones ("Parks and Recreation") and Will McCormack ("Will & Grace") serve as executive producers. "A to Z" is a production of Warner Bros. Television and Le Train Train.
Pictured: Katherine Heigl as Charleston Tucker. Photo by Michael Parmelee/NBC.