It’s not easy being America’s sweetheart. Just ask Katherine Heigl. The 35-year-old star tried to wear the crown for a few years, but it never sat comfortably on her head, and after a string of box office flops, she fled Hollywood for Utah. Now, with NBC’s “State of Affairs,” she’s ready to stage a comeback. But will America welcome her back into their homes?
“She did get some blowback in the past, but the core audience loves her romantic comedies,” says Jennifer Salke, NBC president of entertainment. “I think people are very forgiving when they see a character played so well by her.”