When we first heard that Katherine Heigl was hoping to find her way back to TV, we have to be honest here and say that we did not exactly think that it was going to happen. the actress left a bad taste in the industry’s mouth after “Grey’s Anatomy,” and while it is always possible to learn from your past mistakes and move forward, that does not always equal that there are going to be a large contingent of people out there really interested in allowing you to actually move on.
However, Heigl has officially landed a network for her previously-reported CIA drama, and it is an organization that has a knack for taking big risks time and time again. This drama was written by Alexi Hawley (“The Following”) and focuses on Katherine’s character of a CIA analyst who is constantly near a breaking point, in between dealing with a busy personal life and also working to brief the president.
In a statement, here is what the actress had to say about the script pickup:
“The story is not only compelling and intelligent but a look behind the curtain at the CIA we haven’t seen before in film or television. I am thrilled and honored to have been asked to be a part of developing these stories and this character and bringing it all to life. NBC has been a true partner in their passion and support for the show that we’ve dreamed of making and I could not be happier about joining forces with them. Together, with our brilliant writer Alexi Hawley, I believe we are going to make great television!”
As far as if this show will end up airing, there are many stepping stones still in the way. She has to first ensure that the pilot gets made, and at that point, NBC will make the choice between it and other projects. Heigl’s name will be a big sell at the time, but our major concern is that there is a conflict between this and another CIA drama starring a young, blonde woman in “Covert Affairs,” which is on another NBCUniversal channel in USA.