NBC Orders a Casey Wilson Comedy, a Katherine Heigl CIA Drama, and More


NBC has picked up the first new shows of its 2014-2015 lineup, and they really run the gamut from FTW to WTF. On the FTW side: Casey Wilson-Ken Marino comedy Marry Me. On the WTF side: Katherine-Heigl-is-in-the-CIA thriller State of Affairs. And somewhere in the middle: Russian spy drama Allegiance, and Traffic-esque drama Odyssey.

Marry Me tells the story of longtime couple Annie (Happy Endings' Wilson) and Jake (Marino), who get engaged only to quickly realize it's harder than it looks. Happy Endings creator David Caspe will write and executive-produce with Jamie Tarses and The Goldbergs' Seth Gordon, who also helmed the pilot. The comedy, which earned a spot on Tim's recent list of promising pilots, also stars Sarah Wright, Tymberlee hill, John Gemberling, Tim Meadows, and Dan Bucatinsky.



Allegiance is a high-octane thriller that introduces the O'Connor family and their son, Alex (Gavin Stenhouse). Alex is a decorated American war hero and CIA analyst, a true patriot who loves his country and family. Unbeknownst to him, both his parents (Scott Cohen and Hope Davis) as well as his sister (Margarita Levieva) are part of a dormant Russian sleeper cell that has just been reactivated.

The Adjustment Bureau's George Molfi will write, direct and executive-produce Allegiance with Homeland's Avi Nir. Annie Ilonzeh, Morgan Spector, Alex Peters, and Kenneth Choi will also star.



State of Affairs stars Grey's Anatomy alum Heigl as a CIA attaché (yes, you read that correctly, Heigl is playing a character who's affiliated with the CIA) who counsels the president (Alfre Woodard) on international security. She balances her intense political responsibilities with a complicated personal life. Heigl will executive-produce with writers Joe Carnahan (The Blacklist) and Alexi Hawley (Castle). Adam Kaufman, Sheila Vand, Leslie Odom Jr., Tommy Savas, Farshad Farahat, and Cliff Chamberlain round out the cast.



And finally, Odyssey is about three families who are torn apart when a stranded female soldier (Pushing Daisies' Anna Friel), a disillusioned corporate attorney (Peter Facinelli) and a political activist are pulled into the same shocking international mystery. The Following producers Adam Armus and Kay Foster will write and executive-produce the drama with Deception's Peter Horton. Treat Williams, Jim True-Frost, Jake Robinson, Nate Mooney, Adwale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Elena Kampouris, and Daniella Pineda will also star.


Will you watch Marry Me, Allegiance, State of Affairs, or Odyssey?



This article originally appears on TV Guide.com.

This article originally appears on TV Guide.com.

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May 09, 2014
Likely will watch Marry Me, and maybe will watch Allegiance and State of Affairs.
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May 07, 2014
Looks like I am gonna hit the snooze button on my TV next season.
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May 07, 2014
I swear there is another show exactly like Allegiance on tv right now. Isn't The Americans the same plot, I haven't watched it yet but it is on my list to watch eventually.

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May 07, 2014
Odyssey - "The Following producers Adam Armus and Kay Foster will write and executive-produce the drama"

Well that settles that, not even giving that a shot.
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May 07, 2014
Odyssey: "Sgt. Odelle Ballard (Anna Friel, "Pushing Daisies") - a soldier, mother, wife and the unit's only female member - discovers computer files that suggest a major U.S. corporation is funding the Jihadists. But before she can tell anyone, her team is attacked and left for dead. News is reported that the unit was wiped out, but the truth is that Odelle survived and is the only witness to her assassination by U.S. Special Forces.

Meanwhile, Harrison Wolcott, a political activist and trust fund kid, meets a hacker (translation: rich liberal hero meets poor liberal hero) who claims to have unearthed a massive military-industrial conspiracy.

Um sooo, it's evil U.S. soldiers, evil U.S. corporations, and the evil Defense Department verses the brave political mavericks. Typical NBC, yeah i'll pass.



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May 07, 2014
No thanks. Passing on all 4. They really don't sound very interesting. So unless by a miracle the trailers when they are finally made look interesting I'm not going to watch.
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May 07, 2014
Allegiance doesn't sound bad, I guess i'll give it a try.

State of Affairs ? - CIA show with Katherine Heigl

Covert Affairs ? - CIA show with Piper Perabo

Hard to choose ? Not really.
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May 07, 2014
Could only one new comedy order (that we know of) mean that not only is Community coming back for a sixth and likely final season, but that it MAY even get a FULL SEASON ORDER?
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May 07, 2014
Marry Me!
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May 07, 2014
Marry Me sounds booooooorinzzzzzzzzzZZZZ!!!
Allegiance seems to me trying to sail in the same Waters as "The Americans", so let's wait and see (but probably not watching it).
Seeing what Katherine Heigl can do opposite of lame Comedy, I can wait to give this one a try. And I wish her and the Show all the best :-). Will watch that one.
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May 07, 2014
I think Allegiance could be great, though it will undoubtedly be compared heavily to The Americans.

I'll also give Odyssey a chance, though it will either win over big audiences or sink quickly.
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May 07, 2014
Good lord, why all the hate on Katherine Heigl?
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May 07, 2014
I don't mind Heigl. It's another boring, most likely uninteresting CIA show I take issue with.
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May 07, 2014
Yeah, I've never understood that. Apparently, she's a bit of a challenge to work with on the set and maybe has an undeserved diva complex, but I've liked her performances ever since I met her on Roswell.
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May 07, 2014
There are enough shows about cops, the FBI, and the CIA. How about a drama or dark comedy centered around the NOAA, FAA, FCC, postal service, FDA, or IRS?
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May 07, 2014
State of Affairs.. Covert affairs.. Enough of CIA affairs already !! staaahp
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May 07, 2014
Depending on the timeslot I'll give Marry Me a chance because of Casey Wilson, everything else I'll most likely pass on.
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May 07, 2014
Allegiance sounds outdated. Russia isn't the threat it once was.

State of Affairs sounds like a wasted opportunity. If you're going to use the CIA you need a good action story.
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May 07, 2014
Well, the way Putin is behaving these days, Allegiance might suddenly become damn accurate...
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May 07, 2014
I don't watch political dramas, but why not Katherine Heigl as a person affiliated with the CIA? Just because she's been typecast as a yellow-haired chick-flick damsel doesn't mean she has to continue down that path. It looks like she's had to put her money where her mouth is with the show as well, which says to me that she couldn't get this kind of role without bankrolling it herself. I say props to her. If it fails it fails, but let's see how she goes without judging it first. (Who am I kidding we're all here to judge shows...)
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May 07, 2014
I'd give it a chance, haven't all these shows taught us that people deserve second chances?!
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May 07, 2014
A State of Avoidable Affairs.
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May 07, 2014
I think I'll be watching Allegiance, State of Affairs and Odyssey.
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May 07, 2014
hahaha. someone is willingly working with katherine heigl? good luck with that. on the other hand, yay for the casey wilson show. im still mourning happy endings :(
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May 07, 2014
I'll give a try to all of them, then most likely promptly give up on half of them, and only keep one after a few episodes. The question is which one?
(As for Katherine Heigl, hey, that might be fun! And I'd have never thought Piper Perabo could be the star of a half-decent spy-show either...)
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May 07, 2014
I am a big fan of Alfre Woodard so will give State Of Affairs a go despite its lead actor
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May 07, 2014
I'm wary that Allegiance, Odyssey, and State of Affairs all have very similar themes (politics, secrets, lies, betrayal, conspiracies, scandals etc.), and there's already enough series' with similar themes on the air in The Americans, Homeland, 24, Scandal etc. Of the three though, Allegiance sounds the most promising.
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May 07, 2014
Did NBC not read my comment on Tim's article about pilots that should not be made? I made a very strong case for State of Affairs.
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May 07, 2014
I'll check out Marry Me, but only for David Caspe and Casey Wilwon, because Happy Endings was the best, but other than that, the premise sounds pretty generic. But then again, so was the premise of Happy Endings.
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May 07, 2014
I'll try them all and hope for the best.
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May 07, 2014
Odyssey SOUNDS good, but then you look at who the creative team are (veterans of The Following and Deception, two of the WORST shows out in the past few years. It's going to be a clusterfrak.

Katherine Heigl as CIA officer say what?
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May 07, 2014
I almost want to give State of Affairs a shot, just to see why anyone would think that would be a good idea, but realistically or probably if I watch any of these it will be Marry Me.
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May 07, 2014
'Katherine Heigel is in the CIA thriller State of Affairs"

That sentence alone is a blanket statement on how awful network television is.How could this seem like something people would want to watch.
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May 07, 2014
Nailed it!
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May 07, 2014
That sounds like something i'd watch !!
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May 07, 2014
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May 07, 2014
They keep killing the things we like to watch. What makes you think they think?
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May 07, 2014
But.. i like Katherine Heigl.. :P
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May 07, 2014
You poor soul.
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May 07, 2014
I will be checking out all 4. I'm excited for State of Affairs and Odyssey the most.
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