Katherine Heigl Gets her (State of) Affairs in Order

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Ever since her departure from Grey’s Anatomy, Katherine Heigl has been plagued by reports of being “difficult” to work with. Her world post-primetime Isobel Stevens,was filled with as many box office fails (KillersThe Big WeddingOne for the Money), as hits (27 DressesKnocked Up), and plenty of negative criticism on both ends of the board. Now, four years after her last major role on television, she’s getting her affairs in order.

Next month, Heigl will return to the small screen as the lead in NBC’s State of Affairs. She’ll star as Charleston “Charlie” Tucker, a CIA operative out for revenge when her fiancé—the President’s (Alfre Woodard) son—is assassinated. It’s a stark departure from her fragile Seattle Grace character, but Heigl is up for the challenge.

“Something about her feels like an adult to me in ways that other roles haven’t,” she said in an interview withE!. “I don’t know if it’s because I feel like an adult. I feel like I’m finally like a legitimate grown-up with two children and a husband of almost seven years. I feel like a grown-up who has taken on a grown-up role.”

In case you’re wondering, that could be a dig to the queen of Thursday nights, Shonda Rhimes. Admittedly, the most-powerful showrunner in Hollywood probably doesn’t care. “There are no Heigls in this situation,” she told People earlier this month. We digress.

Tune in to NBC on November 17 at 10:00 p.m. to see if TV’s new “secret weapon” delivers.