Fall TV Preview

State of Affairs Shake-Up: NBC's Katherine Heigl Drama Loses Showrunner

State of Affairs Season 1

The current State of Affairs is… rocky.

TV vet Ed Bernero has vacated his post as showrunner of NBC’s new Katherine Heigl drama State of Affairs, TVLine has confirmed.

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According to EW.com, which broke the story, Bernero clashed with fellow EP Joe Carnahan. A replacement has yet to be named.

State of Affairs premieres Monday, Nov. 17 on NBC.

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  1. chaouad says:

    At least its not because of Katherine, i want her to work hard again to be where she was before the GA scandal i really hope she changed.

    • Shery says:

      What makes you think its not about Katherine? Just because they said he clashed with his fellow EP? Doesn’t mean KH doesn’t have something to do with why they were clashing. Considering her reputation and this supposed to be her big comeback, something smells rotten in Denmark. This is not a coincidence. Joe is probably in KH/her mom’s pocket and Ed was resisting whatever they wanted so he had to go.

      • Meg says:

        You’re readying way too much into this. Why such animosity toward Katherine Heigl?

      • Brooke says:

        Good grief. If they lose electric power on set, people will probably claim that Katherine Heigl looked at the fuse box and it reacted to her face. Enough already.

        • Matt says:

          Lmao so true

        • Don’t matter how pretty you are on the outside, if you stink inside, everyone eventually notices. And there’s been way, way too much stink around Ms Heigl.

        • murley says:

          Sadly this is true. As cheesy as it sounds my first reaction to that comment was “get a life”. Your comment was much better :)

        • Annie says:

          Amen. All the woman did was tell the truth. Maybe a bit less than graciously but who among us hasn’t done that more than a few times?

          • Evan says:

            There’s still the difference between telling the truth and the telling the truth in a consistent way that pisses of your writers, directors, producers, co-stars, executive producers,………..

          • KevyB says:

            So when she didn’t show up to work because she was “taking care of her child”, she was telling the truth??? Please, tell me more about this truth-telling angel!

  2. Boston2AZ says:

    Where was that exactly?

  3. Kvivik says:

    The first body falls.
    I’ll be suprised if this show even survives the first season without a mass defection of people…or just because she’s a bad actress who can’t headline a show. Whichever happens first.

  4. TW says:

    Imagine that. Turmoil on a Katherine Heigl show. Ha!

  5. Tricia says:

    This happens all the time though; a ‘tv vet’ is brought in on a new show to run it next to the creator who has a little less experience in tv and then they clash. The only reason this is news is because the show stars someone who has a reputation.

  6. Tran says:

    Looking forward to it on November 17th but if you really don’t like it or if you’re not a fan of Katherine Heigl then don’t watch it ’cause I always tell the truth.

  7. Jared says:

    Love Alfre Woodard but I dont think I can stomach 60 minutes of Katherine Heigl carrying a show. Actually I know I can’t.

  8. Gay says:

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  9. herman1959 says:

    This is another distraction the show doesn’t need, but if the EP is the same as the Blacklist’s I can see why a second show runner is needed. The Blacklist is a complex show anyway, and it’ll probably have some ratings issues due to the way it will be moving around. I really have a bad feeling about State Of Affairs, but I’ll tune into the pilot to see Alfre Woodard as the POTUS.

    • Zach says:

      He’s a Co-EP on The Blacklist. He just didn’t want to leave, even if it meant getting the opportunity to be a showrunner.

  10. TAL says:

    Reblogged this on Cerulean Chronicle and commented:
    Wow! This is a major development for “State of Affairs,” slated to premiere on November 17th…

  11. afraidofyourownmind says:

    Great! Can he come back to Criminal Minds and salvage my show from the current showrunner?

  12. luke says:

    6 episodes and it gets cancelled anyways…

    • Ann says:

      I agree. But won’t place all the blame on KH. The show is in NBC. They cancel their shows or make them unpalatable trying to chase big numbers.

      • Dean says:

        Don’t knock NBC they’ve actually had some pretty reputable shows last year. Blacklist for starters and the Chicago shows.

        • herman1959 says:

          Dean, you’re right but so is Ann. NBC has had some awesome shows over the last few years, but they are guilty of tanking shows by manipulation – an example is what has happened with Parenthood. At this point, I’m just hoping it doesn’t happen to The Blacklist…we’ll see.

  13. enufalready says:

    Good Morning Vietnam! Are people really arguing about a showrunner quitting a show? Lord what has become of this Country? Come on righties, get it together!

  14. scout says:

    It’s Obama’s fault, he should stay out of Hollywood affairs.

  15. SJ says:

    Who could blame him? I couldn’t stand working with that woman either. Or do you actually beliebe the “fellow EP” cover-up?

  16. Vicki says:

    I thought Katherine was great in Greys and in her comedic movies but I just can’t get into State of Affairs – I find it boring and un realistic unbelievable. Have tried to watch it 3 times and always seem to fall asleep. She is not a good dramatic actress