12 Years A Slave’s Alfre Woodard will bring her Oscar-nominated gravitas to the role of President Roberta Payton in NBC’s State of Affairs. Katherine Heigl stars as Charlie Whitney Tucker, a CIA agent plucked from her job to become the President’s daily debriefer. The show has been described as “Scandal meets The West Wing,” so by that logic we assume President Payton will be some kind of a sage, deceitful, compassionate megalomaniac who may or not have an affair with Katherine Heigl’s character. The Hollywood Reporter notes that Heigl’s Tucker is the ex-girlfriend of the president’s late son, but if this show has one drop of Scandal in its blood, that means nothing about their potential erotic entanglement. Absolutely nothing.
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Alfre Woodard attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) Photo: Jason Merritt/2014 Getty Images