Following on from picking up new series’ The Slap and Emerald City, NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt today announced pilot orders for their Katherine Heigl CIA drama project and a new comedy hailing from Pars & Recreation alum Amy Poehler, who just inked a three-year overall deal with Universal Television.
State of Affairs stars Katherine Heigl as a key CIA attaché who counsels the president on high-stakes incidents around the world. She balances her intense political responsibilities with a complicated personal life. Universal Television, Bob Simonds Company and Abishag Productions are producing with Joe Carnahan, Katherine Heigl, Nancy Heigl, Alexi Hawley, Bob Simonds, Sophie Watts, Henry Crumpton, Julia Franz and Rodney Faraon serving as executive producers.
Meanwhile, NBC’s new (and as yet untitled) comedy project from Parks & Rec alum Amy Poehler follows a young woman who’s trying to find herself, but in the meantime she’s working as the aide to a group of elderly people. Orange Is The New Black alum Natasha Lyonne has been cast as the lead. Universal Television, Paperkite Productions and 3 Arts are producing with Amy Poehler, Dave Becky, Jon Fener and Josh Bycel serving as executive producers.
In addition to the series and pilot orders, Greenblatt was pressed by reporters at the TCA panel about the future of the Poehler fronted Parks & Recreation, which is the top rated show on the network’s disastrous Thursday night comedy line up. Greenblatt initially said he was “bullish” on the show returning for another season, before he revealed that it “is going to have a seventh season.” Following on from that remark his top lieutenant, NBC President Jennifer Salke, was keen to stress that no decision had been made on the fate of perennial bubble show Community.