*Alfre Woodard will play the President of the United States on NBC next season.

The network has given a season order to the pilot “State of Affairs,” starring “Grey’s Anatomy” alum Katherine Heigl in her return to television.

Heigl plays top CIA analyst Charleston “Charlie” Tucker. Aside from the political minefields she has to walk, she’s tasked with assembling POTUS’ Daily Briefing. She also has a close personal relationship with the president because she was once engaged to her son before a terrorist attack took his life. Charlie survived that attack and now is determined to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The cast also includes Adam Kaufman, Sheila Vand, Cliff Chamberlain, Tommy Savas and Leslie Odom Jr.’s Nellie Andreeva reports:

“The project is in need of a showrunner as Alexi Hawley, who wrote the original script, has left, and Joe Carnahan, who is getting high marks for rewriting and directing the pilot, is busy with ‘The Blacklist.’ I hear Tom Szentgyorgyi is eyed for the job if The Mentalist is not renewed, which appears likely.”