State of Affairs

State of Affairs Information

State of Affairs is an American espionage thriller series created by Alexi Hawley, which premiered on NBC on November 17, 2014, during the 2014-15 American television season. The series stars Katherine Heigl as CIA analyst Charleston Tucker, who is tasked with assembling and presenting the President's Daily Briefing on the most vital security issues facing the country, and Alfre Woodard as first black female President Constance Payton, who, in a different world, would have been Tucker's mother-in-law.


NBC acquired the rights of the series in September 2013. In January 2014, the network announced the project had received a pilot order. The pilot was ordered to series in May 2014. In August 2014, Ed Bernero left his position as showrunner before the show's premiere because of "creative differences with fellow executive producer Joe Carnahan."

Cast and characters

Main cast

  • Katherine Heigl as Charleston "Charlie" Whitney Tucker, top CIA analyst, responsible for the President's Daily Briefing.
  • Alfre Woodard as President Constance Payton, President of the United States.
  • Adam Kaufman as Lucas Newsome, CIA director briefer.
  • Sheila Vand as Maureen James, CIA Secretary of Defense briefer and Charlie's best friend.
  • Cliff Chamberlain as Kurt Tannen, CIA State Department briefer.
  • Tommy Savas as Dashiell Greer, CIA briefer to various agencies within United States Intelligence Community.
  • David Harbour as David Patrick, Chief of Staff.

Recurring cast

  • Derek Ray as Jack Dawkins, JSOC operator.
  • James Remar as Syd Vaslo, former CIA agent who runs a "clandestine service".
  • Farshad Farahat as Omar Abdul Fatah, terrorist responsible for the convoy attack that killed the President's son.
  • Mark Tallman as Aaron Payton, deceased son of the President and fianc of Charlie.
  • Chris McKenna as Nick Vera, MIA agent.
  • Nestor Carbonell as Raymond Navarro, CIA director.
  • Courtney B. Vance as First Gentleman Marshall Payton, pro bono counsel for advocacy groups and husband of the President.
  • Christopher Michael Holley as Earl Givens, CIA analyst.
  • Melinda McGraw as Senator Kyle Green, President Payton"?s rival.

Series overview

Season Episodes Originally aired Nielsen ratings
First aired Last aired Viewers
(in millions)
1 13


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Viewers = 8.69 ShortSummary = It is the one-year death anniversary of Aaron Payton, the President's son and Charlie's fiance. When preparing the day's President's Daily Briefing (PDB), the team is made aware of the abduction of an American doctor in Kenya and the possibility that he will be killed in a few hours. But the JSOC team tracking Omar Abdul Fatah feels they've a good possibility of killing him. But in the absence of confirmation and that they cannot get the other senior leadership of Fatah's group, Charlie refuses to add it in the PDB. The CIA Director feels that she has disobeyed orders and therefore suspends her. However, she meets with the President and convinces her that the life of the hostage is more important, leading the President to order the JSOC team to rescue the doctor instead. LineColor = 36454F }}

Viewers = 5.78 ShortSummary = When a Soviet sub hacking into U.S undersea cables in the Bering Sea gets damaged in an Arctic cyclone, the CIA asset onboard sends a distress call. The U.S. tries to save him, but when it seems the situation might escalate into a war with Russia, the President orders Charlie to convince the asset to sink the submarine. Meanwhile Charlie is being haunted by the fact that Abdul Fatah was a CIA asset and she was his handler when the attack on the President's son happened. But she still has so many unanswered questions. LineColor = 36454F }}

Viewers = 7.04 ShortSummary = When Boko Haram kidnaps 20 girls returning from a soccer match, Charlie puts it at the top of the PDB. The President orders her to find out where the girls are kept but tells her that the U.S. cannot get involved directly in this fight. Meanwhile the President is meeting with the Chinese Premier at Camp David. Charlie finds out that China has oil interests near the site where the girls are held captive. She convinces the President to persuade the Premier to use a small security team belonging to a PMC (Controlled Outcomes) for oil refinery security. But the team is actually authorized to rescue the girls using the pretense of refinery security as cover. Meanwhile, it seems there are more secrets about what Nick Vera and Charleston were involved in. LineColor = 36454F }} </ref>

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The series started with generally negative reviews from critics, but most reviewers praised Alfre Woodard's performance. It received a collective score of 43/100 based on 28 critics from Metacritic. On Rotten Tomatoes the show got a rating of 26% rotten based on 42 reviews. Amy Amatangelo of Boston Herald gave the premiere grade "C", stating that "Alfre Woodard isn"?t given a lot to do as President Constance Payton in the premiere, but, unlike Heigl, she does have the gravitas for the role, and the show would be wise to use her more. The series sets up some interesting reveals in the hour"?s final moments. They potentially could make the show more interesting. But for now the state of affairs is rather mediocre."


Live + SD Ratings

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Episode Air date Time slot (EST) Rating/Share
1 1 "Pilot" Mondays
10:00 p.m.
2.2/7 8.69 22 25 7
2 2 "Secrets & Lies" 1.5/4 5.78
3 3 "Half the Sky" 1.6/5 7.04
4 4 "Bang, Bang"
5 5 "Ar Rissalah"
6 6 "Masquerade"

Live + 7 Day (DVR) ratings

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Episode Air date Time slot (EST) 18-49 rating increase Viewers
(millions) increase
Total 18-49 Total viewers
1 1 "Pilot" Mondays
10:00 p.m.
2 2 "Secrets & Lies"
3 3 "Half the Sky"
4 4 "Bang, Bang"
5 5 "Ar Rissalah"
6 6 "Masquerade"

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