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  • eastwest
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    Since these are becoming a thing now, look at this GoldDerby headliner going from a bargain basement Julia Roberts to a bargain basement Claire Danes. Go with God, Katherine.

    Networks Eyeing CIA Drama Starring Katherine Heigl

    By NELLIE ANDREEVA | Thursday August 8, 2013 @ 8:03pm PDT

    Three and a half years after her exit from Grey’s Anatomy, Katherine Heigl is looking to return to primetime as the lead of a new drama project, which has been shopped to broadcast and cable networks. NBC appears a strong contender, though I hear that there is interest/offers from multiple networks, so a decision likely won’t be made until next week. It’s written by Alexi Hawley, co-executive producer on Fox’s gritty new drama The Following, and I hear the procedural focuses on how the CIA handles hotspots around the globe, with Heigl playing an adviser/communications liaison for the U.S. president. I’ve learned that feature producer Robert Simonds (The Pink Panther) had been developing the project with Hawley, Heigl and a team of former senior CIA officials. Heigl, who I hear responded to the strong female character at the center of the show, is executive producing with her mother/manager Nancy Heigl, Hawley, Simonds and Julia Franz. There is no studio attached to the drama, which is expected to be laid off after it lands at a network.I hear both broadcast and cable networks are in the running for the project, though Heigl is not expected to return to ABC as I hear the network is not in the mix, likely because of similarity in the setting to ABC’s DC drama Scandal, from Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes. Hawley, identical twin brother to writer-producer Noah Hawley, has worked in TV for the past seven years, including stints on his brother’s ABC series The Unusuals and Castle. His teaming with Heigl was first reported by USA Today.

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    Icky
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    Since these are becoming a thing now, look at this GoldDerby headliner going from a bargain basement Julia Roberts to a bargain basement Claire Danes. Go with God, Katherine.

    mess-see

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    eastwest
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    [quote=”eastwest”]Since these are becoming a thing now, look at this GoldDerby headliner going from a bargain basement Julia Roberts to a bargain basement Claire Danes. Go with God, Katherine.

    mess-see[/quote]

    #sorrynotsorry 

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    SaraR
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    I usually don’t think that Katherine Heigl deserves all the shit she gets.

    But this sounds shitty and I’m gonna give her shit for it.

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    Halo_Insider
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    Has Heigl seriously done anything even approaching decent since 2007/2008?

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    eastwest
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    Y’all just know that Shonda is in Shondaland manor just teeheeing.

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    Icky
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    I hope the show slays and she wins alltheawards.

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    SaraR
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    Y’all just know that Shonda is in Shondaland manor just teeheeing.

    Too bad Grey’s Anatomy officially turned to shit when she wrote out George and Izzie, though.

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    CanadianFan
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    ^^ Yeah.

    Season Two was juicy melodrama… then it kind of turned mediocre, and then next thing I know, Meredith is drowning and Izzy is f*cking a ghost.  

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    eastwest
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    [quote=”eastwest”]Y’all just know that Shonda is in Shondaland manor just teeheeing.

    Too bad Grey’s Anatomy officially turned to shit when she wrote out George and Izzie, though.[/quote]

    That, the hype of the show at the time, and “ghost sex” really sent the show off the rails. But allegedly it’s watchable television again. 

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    SaraR
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    That’s actually how I feel about Scandal. Really liked it in the first season, when the short order (only seven episodes) mandated a tight, coherent story. Same with the first 8 or so episodes of season two.

    Then the next thing I know there are like four different moles in the US government and Huck is having seizures on the floor and getting tortured to Motown’s greatest hits. #dafuq

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    eastwest
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    ^^ Yeah.

    Season Two was juicy melodrama… then it kind of turned mediocre, and then next thing I know, Meredith is drowning and Izzy is f*cking a ghost.  

    Lawd! I forgot about Meredith’s technicolor underwater purgatory episode. Terrible awful.

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    eastwest
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    Sara, your “Scandal” slander is NAWT ALLOWED in my thread! (but low key, I just legit hollored at the Mowtown music joke).

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    Icky
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    I’m sorry, but why do we hate Queen Heigl? Are there like real reasons?

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    Bill Buchanan
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    A CIA show with a sex symbol as a female lead? Please no. When you have great actresses like Jessica Chastain and Claire Danes in the lead that sends a good message (competent and intelligent=successful). But you put Heigl in there the message becomes (HOT=successful).

    Plus, this sounds like a messy show that is impossible to sustain and Heigl has only done shit recently.

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