Upfronts 2014: First Look At NBC’s ‘State Of Affairs’

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TVWise continues our Upfronts coverage with a first look at NBC’s new drama series State of Affairs.

State Of Affairs follows top CIA analyst — Charleston Tucker (Katherine Heigl) — who 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) 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 hour-long drama, which is set to assume the Monday night post-Voice slot in November, was penned by neither of whom will be continuing with State of Affairs beyond the pilot. Universal Television, Bob Simonds Company and Abishag Productions produces the drama which, in addition to Heigl and Woodard, stars Adam Kaufman, Sheila Vand, Cliff Chamberlain, Tommy Savas and Leslie Odom, Jr. The executive producers are Katherine Heigl, Nancy Heigl, Hawley, Bob Simonds, Sophie Watts, Henry Crumpton, Julia Franz, Rodney Faraon and Carnahan.