The "Scandal Effect" is taking over and bringing many female lead roles to TV, including Katherine Heigl's return.
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The former Grey's Anatomy star is back on television to play a top CIA analyst, Charleston Tucker, in State of Affairs. Ironically enough, according to Entertainment Weekly's senior writer Tim Stack, this is a result of Grey's creator Shonda Rhimes' other hit show Scandal. "Katherine Heigl was a huge star and then she made some bad choices and had some bombs. I think TV is a great medium for women. ...I think it's the best move for her," he said of her return.
"It's all about the roles," said Heigl, 35, who left Grey's in 2010. "It's all about the story: Where can I find the stories I want to tell? For me it never really mattered much what the medium was, whether it was TV or film."
Heigl's new gig is just one of many female leading roles coming this Fall season. Her former Grey's co-star Kate Walsh will star in Bad Judge, while Will & Grace actress Debra Messing returns to TV in The Mysteries of Laura.
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