Will Katherine Heigl silence her haters with her return to TV? Two days before a new report claimed the actress is difficult, demanding and ultimately “not worth it,” Heigl, 34, couldn’t have sounded more humble after NBC announced she’ll be starring in their upcoming CIA drama.
Heigl, who famously left ABC’s medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy” in 2010 to focus on her family and film career, issued a statement in a press release posted on her website Sept. 9, expressing her excitement on returning to TV.
“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 television,” she said. “I am thrilled and honored to have been asked to be a part of developing these stories and this character and bringing it all to life. 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!”
The show, written by “The Following’s” Alexi Hawley, will tell the story of “a maverick CIA officer (Heigl) plucked from the field to become the President’s Daily Briefer, responsible for targeting America’s most critical threats, while navigating the unique lifestyle that comes with such a high-powered job.” Executive producers on the show include Robert Simonds, Hawly, Henry Crumpton, Rodney Faraon, Julia Franz, as well as Heigl and her mother/manager Nancy Heigl.
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The “Life as We Know It” actress and mom Nancy were both slammed by TV insiders in a report by The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday, Sept. 11. “I have never experienced anything like Nancy Heigl,” a source told THR. “It’s about the mouth. ‘F— you. You are a f—ing liar.’ Whatever you’d say, you were an idiot. The call would be, ‘This is the worst craft service we’ve ever had! There’s nothing to eat! This is the worst wardrobe!’ You knew that every day, you were going to get slammed. The frustrating part is [Heigl] is incredibly talented and smart.”
Another anonymous TV executive told THR that Heigl was passed up for a lead role on a new pilot due to her alleged bad behavior. “On many levels, she would have been perfect for the role,” the exec said, “but all of us said, ‘She’s not worth it.’”