September 10, 2013 04:08:20 GMT
The project, which will mark the 'Grey's Anatomy' star's return to TV, is described as 'Scandal' meets 'The West Wing'.
Katherine Heigl's comeback TV project lands at NBC. The Peacock nabs the untitled drama, which was eyed by other networks, with a put pilot commitment. Heigl will headline the show and executive produce it along with her mother Nancy Heigl, Alexi Hawley, Robert Simonds, Henry Crumpton and Julia Franz.
Described as "Scandal" meets "The West Wing", the story centers on "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," The Hollywood Reporter reports.
Heigl says, "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. 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 TV."
She adds, "NBC has been a true partner in their passion and support for the show that we've dreamed of making, and I could not be happier about joining forces with them. Together, with our brilliant writer Alexi Hawley, I believe we are going to make great television!"
Should it get a series order, the project will mark the 34-year-old actress' return to the small screen since bowing out of "Grey's Anatomy", where she portrayed Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens, in 2010.