Emmy winner and Oscar nominee, Alfre Woodard, has been tapped to play the POTUS in NBC’s newly acquired series, State of Affairs.
In 2012 Kerry Washington made history as the first black woman to receive top billing in a major network primetime series in nearly 40 years as Scandal’s (ABC) Olivia Pope. Newbie actress, Nicole Beharie (42, American Violet) added to that history-making feat when Sleepy Hollow premiered on Fox last fall. Now the decorated Woodard continues in the upcoming series, which also stars Katherine Heigl.
Woodard will be the first woman of color to portray a United States President on primtime television.
State of Affairs chronicles the career of CIA officer Charleston “Charlie” Tucker (Heigl) who has been hired by President Payton (Woodard) as her daily briefer.
Tucker’s relationship with President Payton is complicated as Heigl’s character is also the ex-girlfriend of Payton’s deceased son.
Directed and written by Joe Carnahan (The Blacklist and The Grey), State of Affairs features Leslie Odom Jr. (Red Tails) as Chief of Staff, another person of color in a position of power.
No premiere date has been given yet nor has a day/time slot been announced and it isn’t exactly clear how many episodes of the series have been ordered by NBC. Though I’m not a huge fan of Katherine Heigl (understatement), this is a project I’ll be here for because of the legendary Alfre Woodard. Admittedly she’s enough alone to support the project and see where the journey takes us.
Now let’s just hope NBC and the creators and show runners of State of Affairs get it right with this one. When getting it so wrong is so easy, there’s always a bit of worry but I’ve got a pretty good feeling about this one. What do you think? Do you think State of Affairs will get it right? Do you have any other predictions or concerns for Woodard’s new role as TV’s latest POTUS?
Stay tuned as we get more details on this series slated to premier this fall on NBC.