Alfre Woodard is going where no U.S. woman has gone before (in real life): straight to the Oval Office. The Oscar and Emmy nominee is set to join NBC's political pilot, 'State of Affairs,' as the POTUS (with maybe the mostest?).
'State of Affairs' is described as 'Scandal' meets 'The West Wing,' and comes from scribes Alexi Hawley ('The Following') and Joe Carnahan ('The Blacklist'), who will also direct the pilot. The series follows a maverick CIA attache, Charleston "Charlie" Whitney Tucker (Katherine Heigl), who was pulled from the field to become the president's daily security briefer, and must learn how to balance America's most critical threats with her new unique lifestyle.
Woodard will play President Roberta Payton, who hires Charlie. In an interesting twist, Charlie also happens to be the ex-girlfriend of President Payton's late son.
Certainly no stranger to the small screen, Woodard has accrued 17 Emmy nominations and four wins for her work on 'Hill Street Blues,' 'L.A. Law,' 'Miss Evers' Boys' and 'The Practice.' She earned another nomination for her work on the 'Steel Magnolias' remake. Woodard has also enjoyed a prolific film career, having earned an Oscar nomination for 1984's 'Cross Creek' and appearing in this year's Best Picture Oscar winner, '12 Years a Slave.'
The casting brings Woodard back to the Peacock network where she began her TV career on 'Hill Street Blues' and 'St. Elsewhere.'