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Each day the president is faced with hundreds of life-and-death decisions, and to prioritize the biggest international crises facing the country, one top CIA analyst – Charleston Tucker (Heigl) – assembles the president’s Daily Briefing. Aside from the political minefields she has to walk, Charlie has a close personal relationship with the president (Alfre Woodard) because she once was 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.
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Jun 5, 2015 4:25AM EDT
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I really liked this show and was very disappointed that NBC cancelled it! It pisses me off the networks cancelling a show without the time to let it develop, give me a break NBC you've done this way too much!
I liked the story premis, the acting, of course the strong female leads, which probably threatens the suit guys!
I think it should be given another season, with new dynamic writers.! But then what makes me think that my opinion or comments here would even be seen by the network? Let alone be considered, we the People have no say in big network programming!!!!

I really liked this show and was very disappointed that NBC cancelled it! It pisses me off the networks cancelling a show without the time to let it develop, give me a break NBC you've done this way too much!
I liked the story premis, the acting, of course the strong female leads, which probably threatens the suit guys!
I think it should be given another season, with new dynamic writers.! But then what makes me think that my opinion or comments here would even be seen by the network? Let alone be considered, we the People have no say in big network programming!!!!

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Dec 14, 2014 4:21AM EST
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State of a Affairs is an ongoing NBC semi-fast paced procedural political drama trying to ride the success of Madam Secretary. Like Madam Secretary, it boasts a strong female lead capable of getting things done in a world of fillibusters and stall-tactics.

Charleston Tucker (Katherine Heigl) plays an Ex-CIA agent that now leads a team of former-analysts whose job is to prepare POTUS's daily briefing by gathering the latest intelligence on world crises.

While the show deals with controversial political and international issues, it lacks a cast of strong characters and plays to much into Charlie's Spy past, leaving much to be desired. While State of Affairs is not a bad show, it is a no Madam Secretary, The West Wing or even Crisis

State of a Affairs is an ongoing NBC semi-fast paced procedural political drama trying to ride the success of Madam Secretary. Like Madam Secretary, it boasts a strong female lead capable of getting things done in a world of fillibusters and stall-tactics.

Charleston Tucker (Katherine Heigl) plays an Ex-CIA agent that now leads a team of former-analysts whose job is to prepare POTUS's daily briefing by gathering the latest intelligence on world crises.

While the show deals with controversial political and international issues, it lacks a cast of strong characters and plays to much into Charlie's Spy past, leaving much to be desired. While State of Affairs is not a bad show, it is a no Madam Secretary, The West Wing or even Crisis

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Nov 30, 2014 3:29PM EST
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wanted to like this but I don't think i'll be watching much longer :(

wanted to like this but I don't think i'll be watching much longer :(

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Nov 18, 2014 12:53AM EST
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I have to say that this was surprisingly good. I didn't hold out much hope for this even though I liked the premise. But we have Scandal and Homeland, not to mention Covert Affairs. So there are lots of opportunities to get a dose of White House/CIA story-lines. Also, State of Affairs has a female lead, which I am very glad about (redressing that balance), but it did make it seem like it might be very similar to what is out there already.

Katherine Heigl, despite being so very beautiful, manages to portray a cynical and believable battle-weary edginess. Her facial expressions are none too sweet, she is condescending, rude and judgmental. But Ms Heigl manages to make the character work. The storyline of her fiance who was the son of the US President being killed one year previously introduced sufficient tension, uncertainty, and links to other characters without having to reveal too much in one go. The pilot's storyline was tenuously related to her fiance's death without it becoming overwhelming and it gave the opportunity for the characters to discuss other players.

It is refreshing to see the US President depicted as a black woman. I hope that the writers develop her character sufficiently. I look forward to a complex, flawed yet strong individual. Maybe charming, yet controlling? It will be interesting to see.

I am sufficiently hooked to want to see more and am intrigued to know more about the other characters.

I have to say that this was surprisingly good. I didn't hold out much hope for this even though I liked the premise. But we have Scandal and Homeland, not to mention Covert Affairs. So there are lots of opportunities to get a dose of White House/CIA story-lines. Also, State of Affairs has a female lead, which I am very glad about (redressing that balance), but it did make it seem like it might be very similar to what is out there already.

Katherine Heigl, despite being so very beautiful, manages to portray a cynical and believable battle-weary edginess. Her facial expressions are none too sweet, she is condescending, rude and judgmental. But Ms Heigl manages to make the character work. The storyline of her fiance who was the son of the US President being killed one year previously introduced sufficient tension, uncertainty, and links to other characters without having to reveal too much in one go. The pilot's storyline was tenuously related to her fiance's death without it becoming overwhelming and it gave the opportunity for the characters to discuss other players.

It is refreshing to see the US President depicted as a black woman. I hope that the writers develop her character sufficiently. I look forward to a complex, flawed yet strong individual. Maybe charming, yet controlling? It will be interesting to see.

I am sufficiently hooked to want to see more and am intrigued to know more about the other characters.

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by daviswaldenContributor
Feb 27, 2015 1:09AM EST
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State of Affair's rather over-the-top political problem of the week seems to be more sensational than necessary and has a cliché conspiracy. Katherine Hiegl seems to be the one and only star of the show. You're better off watching Madam Secretary.

State of Affair's rather over-the-top political problem of the week seems to be more sensational than necessary and has a cliché conspiracy. Katherine Hiegl seems to be the one and only star of the show. You're better off watching Madam Secretary.

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Jan 13, 2015 12:08PM EST
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As much as I love Katherine Heigl, i'm not totally in love with her character. The portrayal of the characters done by her Alfre Woodard is pretty good, but that's all to be said about the show to me. IT lacks a good main plot as the plot was kinda exciting before the midseason premiere of the first season, what with all the mystery and stuff, but after that it's kinda mehh. Also, the constant portrayal of Muslims and Arabs kinda turns me off of the show as a whole, but I keep watching hoping for it's improvement.

As much as I love Katherine Heigl, i'm not totally in love with her character. The portrayal of the characters done by her Alfre Woodard is pretty good, but that's all to be said about the show to me. IT lacks a good main plot as the plot was kinda exciting before the midseason premiere of the first season, what with all the mystery and stuff, but after that it's kinda mehh. Also, the constant portrayal of Muslims and Arabs kinda turns me off of the show as a whole, but I keep watching hoping for it's improvement.

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Dec 18, 2014 10:11AM EST
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This show started out incredibly promising, my husband and I were really excited, but after the third episode, we're pretty much done with it. It gets harder and harder to maintain a positive opinion of Katherine Heigl's character, and once you start to dislike a main character, it's all downhill from there. I appreciate the whole 'girl power' thing they're trying to do on a political front, but it's just not working.

This show started out incredibly promising, my husband and I were really excited, but after the third episode, we're pretty much done with it. It gets harder and harder to maintain a positive opinion of Katherine Heigl's character, and once you start to dislike a main character, it's all downhill from there. I appreciate the whole 'girl power' thing they're trying to do on a political front, but it's just not working.

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Dec 2, 2014 4:59PM EST
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Good performance by all of another CIA based series. With Heigl as the leader of a field-operations group inside the Company who was engaged to the Predident's son , Alfe Woodard as the POTUS ! So far . so good but still needs a little more character development all-a-round . Has real potential to be a thrilling show !

Good performance by all of another CIA based series. With Heigl as the leader of a field-operations group inside the Company who was engaged to the Predident's son , Alfe Woodard as the POTUS ! So far . so good but still needs a little more character development all-a-round . Has real potential to be a thrilling show !

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Jan 28, 2016 2:21PM EST
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State of Affairs was a powerful political drama marking Katherine Heigl's return to television. Cancelled after one season, this show was okay but not strong enough to make it stand out.

State of Affairs was a powerful political drama marking Katherine Heigl's return to television. Cancelled after one season, this show was okay but not strong enough to make it stand out.

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Mar 13, 2015 6:19AM EDT
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This is a respectable TV Show in my opinion and I hope the network brings it back. Sure, there is plenty of cliché aspects to it; conspiracy, action, violence. Yet after viewing an episode I found myself looking forward to the next element. Allegiance on the other hand left me with a "Oh come on" feeling afterward.

This is a respectable TV Show in my opinion and I hope the network brings it back. Sure, there is plenty of cliché aspects to it; conspiracy, action, violence. Yet after viewing an episode I found myself looking forward to the next element. Allegiance on the other hand left me with a "Oh come on" feeling afterward.