Heigl hikes back to small screen
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.’’