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Katherine Heigl is officially returning to television with State of Affairs. NBC picked up the political drama and two others to go straight to series.
Heigl has long shown interest in getting back on TV after leaving Grey’s Anatomy in 2012. She shopped the drama to several networks before it landed at NBC in September and earned a series order in January. On Tuesday night, NBC put in a series order for the project, notes Entertainment Weekly.
In State of Affairs, Heigl plays a CIA analyst who is dedicated to her job, but has a complicated private life. Joe Carnahan, who directed the Blacklist pilot, is among the executive producers on the project.
Clearly, NBC has been happy with the success of The Blacklist, so State of Affairs isn’t the only new series with government intrigue joining the line-up. Allegiance sounds very much like FX’s The Americans, with a former KGB agent (Hope Davis) recruiting an American businessman (Scott Cohen) and falling in love with him. Their son (Gavin Stenhouse) learns their shocking secret in the present day.
According to Deadline, the last of the trio is Odyssey, written by Adam Armus and Nora Kay Foster. In this one, Anna Friel plays a sergeant who learns that a U.S. company is funding Jihadists. Peter Facinelli plays an attorney working for that company.
The three shows will premiere during the 2014-2015 TV season.