Heigl hikes back to small screen

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KATHER­INE Heigl has lined up her first prime time tele­vi­sion gig since Grey’s Anatomy. The 34-year-old played Dr Izzie Stevens from 2005 to 2010 and ap­peared in a slate of films that in­clude the block­busters 27 Dresses, Knocked Up and One for the Money.

Three years later, she’s set to star in a brand new TV drama for NBC, in­dus­try web­site Dead­line.com re­ports.

The un­ti­tled pro­ject, penned by The Fol­low­ing’s scriptwriter Alexi Haw­ley, tells the story of a CIA an­a­lyst whose job it is to de­brief and strate­gise with the pres­i­dent on the most press­ing global and national mat­ters.

Heigl’s char­ac­ter re­port­edly jug­gles her high-stakes ca­reer and a com­pli­cated pri­vate life.

The Emmy-win­ning ac­tress will serve as ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer along­side her mother Nancy Heigl un­der their Abishag Pro­duc­tions ban­ner, ac­cord­ing to the web­site.

The women will team up with Alexi, Robert Si­monds, Ju­lia Franz, plus Aard­wolf Creative’s Henry Crump­ton and Rod­ney Faraon. Heigl is over­joyed to be in­volved in the pro­ject. ‘‘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 says in a state­ment.

‘‘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.’’

Kather­ine Heigl

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