Sorry, Izzie fans — Katherine Heigl is returning to TV, but not to Grey's Anatomy. TVLine reports that the 34-year-old actress will star in a new CIA drama, which was just scooped up by NBC. (We first heard of the prospect exactly one month ago.)
In the upcoming and still-untitled series, Katherine will play a "key CIA analyst whose job it is to debrief and strategize with the president on the most pressing global and national matters."
Of course, this analyst will also also navigate treacherous waters in her personal life, too. (Doesn't it sound just like a Shonda Rhimes show?)
Alexi Hawley, a writer-producer for Castle and Body of Proof, penned the script, while former CIA officer (and actual president-debriefer) Rodney Faraon will executive-produce the series.
"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," Katherine raves in a statement. "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 timing could be pivotal for Katherine, as her big silver-screen career isn't faring so well. Her last two movies, One for the Money and The Big Wedding, were flops critically and commercially.
Is it a coincidence that Katherine's biggest movies to date — Knocked Up, 27 Dresses, and The Ugly Truth — all came out before her tumultuous Grey's Anatomy exit? We think not.
Perhaps another starring TV role will reinvigorate her appeal. Or, shall we say, perhaps this new show is just what the doctor ordered.