state of affairs katherine heigl ed bernero joe carnahan gi 'State of Affairs': Showrunner leaves Katherine Heigl drama

Katherine Heigl’s upcoming NBC drama, “State of Affairs,” is losing an executive producer prior to its November premiere. Ed Bernero is leaving the show, according to Entertainment Weekly, leaving fellow executive producer Joe Carnahan at the helm of the espionage thriller.

Why is Bernero (next to Heigl in the picture above) out? An unidentified source indicates that the change comes from creative differences between Bernero and Carnahan. Additionally, this same source tells EW that Bernero’s exit has nothing to do with the show’s star. Heigl famously departed “Grey’s Anatomy” due to conflict with the show.

The change does not seem likely to impact the “State of Affairs” premiere date of Monday, Nov. 17. On the show, Heigl plays CIA analyst Charleston Tucker, charged with advising the president (Alfre Woodard) — who also happens to be Tucker’s former almost-mother-in-law — on security matters.

Posted by:Laurel Brown