emmy award winning katherine heigl's CIA drama picked up to pilot at NBC

The former "Grey's Anatomy" star will topline "State of Affairs" for the network, marking the actress' return to TV. Katherine Heigl is inching closer to returning to TV. NBC has officially picked up drama State of Affairs to pilot, coming more than three months after the network landed the project following a multiple network bidding war.

The CIA project is being developed at Universal Television with Alexi Hawley (The Following) on board to pen the script and executive produce. Heigl will star and exec produce alongside Robert Simonds, her mother/manager, Nancy Heigl, Hawley, Henry Crumpton, Rodney Faraon and Julia Franz.

The drama, described as Scandal meets The West Wing, revolves around a maverick CIA officer (Heigl) who was plucked from the field to become the president's daily briefer, assuming responsibility for targeting America's most critical threats while navigating the unique lifestyle that comes with such a high-powered job.

For the actress, the drama -- should it go to series -- would mark her return to the small screen following her breakout role as Izzie on ABC's Grey's Anatomy. Heigl left the drama in 2010 to pursue other opportunities following a creative clash with producers.

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