NBC cancels Katherine Heigl comeback vehicle 'State of Affairs'

NBC cancels Katherine Heigl comeback vehicle 'State of Affairs'

NBC is getting out of the intelligence game, canceling "State of Affairs" after a single season.

The drama stars Katherine Heigl as Charleston Tucker, a CIA analyst who prepares the daily security briefing for the president, played by Alfre Woodard. The series was inspired in part by the experiences of Rodney Faraon, a former CIA briefer, and boasted the seasoned director-writer-producer Joe Carnahan as show runner.

The "Homeland"-esque show was meant to be a comeback vehicle for Heigl, who made an acrimonious exit from the Shonda Rhimes medical drama"Grey's Anatomy" in 2010 and went on to star in a string of lackluster romantic comedies.

But it wasn't meant to be. "State of Affairs" received largely negative reviews and generated middling ratings, despite a premium time slot following "The Voice." The premiere opened to a respectable 8.7 million same-day viewers, but ratings quickly tumbled, with about half that many viewers tuning in to the show's most recent episode in February.

"State of Affairs" is the second espionage-themed series to get the ax from NBC, which bet big on the spy genre this season. "Allegiance," which starred Hope Davis as a former Russian agent with a son in the CIA, was pulled after just five episodes. The network has not yet announced the fate of the low-rated geopolitical thriller "American Odyssey."

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