'State of Affairs’ stars no shrinking violets

November 24, 2014 4:17 AM

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In last week’s premiere, NBC’s CIA drama State of Affairs gave viewers a healthy dose of drama by introducing us to Charleston Tucker (Katherine Heigl), the daily security briefer to President Constance Payton (Alfre Woodard), shortly after her fiancé — who also happens to be Constance’s son — is assassinated.

State of Affairs is following the path blazed by other shows featuring tough, even unpleasant, women who get things done in Washington, but it has the potential to take some of these ideas further. Rather than showing women as the powers behind the throne, a la Scandal, State of Affairs puts a woman...

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