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NBC Lands Katherine Heigl’s CIA Drama Project With Put Pilot Commitment

By | Monday September 9, 2013 @ 11:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After lengthy negotiations, NBC has closed a deal for a drama project starring Grey’s Anatomy alumna Katherine Heigl with a put pilot commitment. Written by Alexi Hawley (The Following), the untitled drama, laid off at Universal TV, stars Heigl as a key CIA analyst whose job it is to debrief and strategize with the president on the most pressing global and national matters. She balances this incredibly high-stakes job and trusted relationship with her complicated personal life. Heigl and her mom Nancy Heigl executive produce under their Abishag Prods banner along with Hawley, Robert Simonds, Henry Crumpton and Rodney Faraon, who has debriefed several presidents. This is the first TV project to come out of a joint venture between Aardwolf Creative and film producer Simonds. Julia Franz, who works with Simonds, will also exec produce. It also marks the return to primetime of Emmy winner Heigl. “I have been passionate about, and enthralled by, this project from the moment Hank, Rodney and Bob brought it to me over a year ago,” she said. “The story is not only compelling and intelligent but a look behind the curtain at the CIA we haven’t seen before in film or television.” CAA reps Heigl and Hawley who is manged by the Shuman Co.

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Networks Eyeing CIA Drama Starring Katherine Heigl

By | Thursday August 8, 2013 @ 8:03pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Three and a half years after her exit from Grey’s Anatomy, Katherine Heigl is looking to return to primetime as the lead of a new drama project, which has been shopped to broadcast and cable networks. NBC appears a strong contender, though I hear that there is interest/offers from multiple networks, so a decision likely won’t be made until next week. It’s written by Alexi Hawley, co-executive producer on Fox’s gritty new drama The Following, and I hear the procedural focuses on how the CIA handles hotspots around the globe, with Heigl playing an adviser/communications liaison for the U.S. president. I’ve learned that feature producer Robert Simonds (The Pink Panther) had been developing the project with Hawley, Heigl and a team of former senior CIA officials. Heigl, who I hear responded to the strong female character at the center of the show, is executive producing with her mother/manager Nancy Heigl, Hawley, Simonds and Julia Franz. There is no studio attached to the drama, which is expected to be laid off after it lands at a network. I hear both broadcast and cable networks are in the running for the project, though Heigl is not expected to return to ABC as I hear the network is not in the mix, likely because of similarity in the setting to ABC’s DC drama Scandal, from Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes. Hawley, identical twin brother to writer-producer Noah Hawley, … Read More »

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