Despite appearing on one of the most-popular shows in the past decade in “Grey’s Anatomy,” and then seguing that into a film career that featured such projects as “27 Dresses” and “Knocked Up,” the past couple of years have not been kind to the actress. She has appeared in fewer projects, and her reputation has not exactly changed since she bashed the “Grey’s Anatomy” writers for her story, and publicly referred to the Judd Apatow movie with Seth Rogen as “sexist.”
So what is her new opportunity coming in the form of? Her NBC pilot series “State of Affairs,” which is going to be a CIA story that takes a little bit of what makes “Scandal” interesting, and also some of what many people love about traditional spy and White House projects. Heigl would star in the series as a woman who becomes a daily briefer to the President on everything he or she needs to know, and also the complications that come with having such a job. Alexi Hawley (“The Following”), Nancy Heigl (Katherine’s mother), Bob Simonds,Sophie Watts, Rodney Faraon, Henry Crumpton and Julia Franz are all on board to produce, which sounds like a ton of cooks in the kitchen.
Do we think that this show can be successful? Sure, mostly because Heigl still is well-liked by many viewers, and she also is extremely talented. There’s never been any denying there. Maybe this will be a great fresh start for her, but she needs to overcome first of all the fact that we already have “Scandal,” “Homeland,” and “Covert Affairs.” We don’t know if there is room for another show on TV about a powerful woman in Washington DC / the inner workings of the government.
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