State of Play, the new political drama starring Katherine Heigl, has to find a new showrunner.

'State Of Play' Showrunner Exits

State of Play showrunner Ed Bernero (Criminal Minds, Third Watch) is leaving the thriller, sources told Entertainment Weekly.

Bernero’s departure is reportedly due to rising tensions between him and fellow State of Play executive producer Joe Carnahan. It is unknown what differences the two had regarding the promising show. Heigl, who has been rumored to be difficult to work with, is not believed to be involved.

At the Television Critics Association’s press tour, Heigl countered claims that she was difficult on set, saying, “I can’t really speak to that. I can only say that I certainly don’t see myself as being difficult. I would never intend to be difficult."

In State of Play, Heigl plays CIA analyst Charleston Tucker. Her job in Washington includes briefing and advising the president, who will be played by Alfre Woodard, on matters of international security. The show will follow her as she juggles her career with her personal life.

State of Affairs will premiere Nov. 17 on NBC.

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