Even more political shows coming to TV next fall

Actress Katherine Heigl (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Katherine Heigl is to star in “State of Affairs.” (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Haven’t gotten your fill of watching D.C. in 2D? Well, don’t fret. There seems to be no end to the number of versions of the nation’s capital that will fit onto the small screen. Unwilling to let ABC have all the fun with “Scandal,” NBC recently ordered the poli-dramas “Allegiance” and “State of Affairs” to series, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

“Allegiance” sounds a lot like a mash-up for FX’s “The Americans” and CBS’s “How I Met Your Mother.” It’s a spy drama about a young CIA analyst, Alex, who discovers his dear old mom and dad are in fact deactivated Russian spies. Also, the mother country would like Alex to join the family business. Drama!

Next up on the roster for the next year is Katherine Heigl’s return to TV. She’s set to star in “State of Affairs,” which is being billed as a “Scandal” meets “West Wing” mega show. Heigl plays a “maverick CIA officer” (okay) who becomes the president’s “daily briefer.” Alfre Woodward will play the president, so we’re assuming the biggest “Scandal” plot point — hanky panky in the oval — won’t translate to “State of Affair,” but you never know.

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Helena Andrews is the co-author of The Reliable Source. Follow her on Twitter @helena_andrews, and send your hot tips, sightings, and gossip to reliablesource@washpost.com.
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Helena Andrews · May 7, 2014