Critic Consensus: State of Affairs benefits from Alfre Woodard's talent, but this overly serious show is dragged down by Katherine Heigl's unsympathetic character and a surfeit of unintentional laughs.
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as Charleston Tucker
as President Constance Payton
as Lucas Newsom
as Kurt Tannen
as Maureen James
as Dashiell Greer
as David Patrick
as Mitchell Manning
as Ray Navarro
as Sen. Green
as Jack Dawkins
as Sheikh Hakam
as Sen. Burke
as Stacy Dover
as Chinese President
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State of Affairs still falters by comparison to the shows that inspired it, including Homeland and The West Wing. To be blunt, it's just not nearly as smart as either, and tries to disguise that with false intensity and hyperactive production values.
What you wind up with here is a kind of half-baked version of everything the show is trying to be: it's a half-baked spy show and a half-baked character study and a half-baked political drama.
It may be a couple of weeks before we decide whether these lead characters and their ensemble will be able to mix the soap and the political intrigue into a story that makes us care enough to keep coming back.
State of Affairs is a poor fit for one and all. Telltale sign: A total of nine executive producers, including Heigl and her mother, Nancy. That's too many cooks for what turns out to be a half-baked hour of ridiculosity.
Heigl is not bad here -- that's the headline -- but the pilot is a mess.
[It] is packed with all manner of government conspiracy hoo-ha: People are always answering phones very loudly, bearded jihadists yell angrily into cameras, handguns are stored near bottles of scotch. This change makes [it] a sillier, more formulaic show.
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