Katherine Heigl’s NBC Drama State of Affairs Loses Its Showrunner

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It appears that Katherine Heigl’s State of Affairs have gotten a little messy.

The actress’s new NBC drama, which is set to premiere this fall, is apparently going through a major change, with its showrunner, Ed Bernero (Criminal Minds, Third Watch), leaving the CIA series before its November premiere. The behind-the-scenes news was first reported by Entertainment Weekly.

Reportedly, Bernero had creative differences with fellow State of Affairs executive producer Joe Carnahan, causing his exit from the show. Writer and producer Dario Scardapane (The Bridge) is the most likely candidate to take over as showrunner on the series. He is reportedly in talks with NBC about the position right now.

Despite her controversial TV history, it appears that Heigl (and her mother, Nancy, who also serves as an executive producer on the series) have not caused any of the issues that resulted in Bernero leaving State of Affairs. Television fans will remember that the Emmy Award-winning actress left the hit ABC medical drama Grey’s Anatomy after having very public problems with the series’ creative team.

During the later seasons of Grey’s Anatomy, Heigl felt that the writing for her character, Izzie Stevens, had been very poor, and she even withdrew herself from the Emmy race for Outstanding Supporting Actress back in 2008. At the Television Critics Association’s press tour last month, Heigl told reporters that she denies any claims that she has ever been difficult to work with.

In State of Affairs, Heigl plays the main character Charleston Tucker, “a CIA analyst who advises the president, played by Alfre Woodard, on international security while balancing her complicated personal life.” The series premieres on Monday, November 17th on NBC, after The Voice. Watch the trailer for State of Affairs below.

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Chris is the Managing Editor of TVOvermind. A graduate of Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, where he majored in English and Film, he has been writing for TVOvermind for over two years and has written about several different television shows, such as New Girl, Breaking Bad, Glee, and Homeland. Contact him through Twitter (@ckinger13) or email (chris@tvovermind.com).
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