Now that The Blacklist has had its mid-season finale, NBC is filling in the post-Voice timeslot with their new series State of Affairs, starring Katherine Heigl.
Heigl plays top CIA analyst Charleston Tucker who delivers a daily briefing called “The Book,” which is the CIA’s top 10 list of THE most critical threats facing our country, to President Constance Payton (Alfre Woodard).
This is definitely a new role for Heigl, playing something other than a doctor or some sort of love-stricken girl in a romantic comedy, which is something we’ve seen her do many, many, many times.
The show is trying to compete with cable dramas, which Executive Producer Joe Carnahan reiterated back in the summer during TCA. I’m not quite sure how one can compare this to something like Homeland but we’ll see.
State of Affairs premieres Monday, Nov. 17 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.
NBC Synopsis: 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 President Constance Payton (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 and David Harbour.
Writer-director Joe Carnahan (“The Blacklist”) serves as executive producer with Dario Scardapane, 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.