Hollywood has given us a woman President and they were ahead of the curve with an African-American. Now NBC is upping the ante with Alfre Woodard, who has been cast to play President Roberta Peyton in a pilot being developed for Katherine Heigl.


From the Hollywood Reporter;

Described as Scandal meets The West Wing, the drama revolves around a maverick CIA officer (Heigl) who was plucked from the field to become the president's daily briefer, assuming responsibility for targeting America's most critical threats while navigating the unique lifestyle that comes with such a high-powered job.

Woodard will play President Roberta Payton, who hired Heigl's perfectionist Charleston "Charlie" Whitney Tucker — her late son's ex-girlfriend — to be her legal briefer.

(h/t: Chicago Defender)