Alfre Woodard
Alfre Woodard

Is it me or are more opportunities being afforded women of color in the world of TV? With Kerry Washington’s phenomenal job on ABC’s,  ‘Scandal’, and Gabriel Union on BET’s, ‘Being Mary Jane’, opportunities for black actors seem to be on the rise.

This as news comes, veteran actress, Alfre Woodard (61) will play opposite Katherine Heigl in NBC’s drama pilot, ‘State of Affairs’.Deadline.com is reporting, the drama stars Heigl as a key CIA attaché who counsels the president (Woodard) on high-stakes incidents around the world.The show is directed by Joe Carnahan and produced by Universal TV.

Woodard, recently wrapped Annabelle for New Line and Mississippi Grind for Fleck and Boden.

She has been nominated once for an Academy Award, Grammy Award, and 18 times for an Emmy Award.  And is the winner of a Golden Globe Award,  three Screen Actors Guild Awards and four Emmy’s.

This year she received an Emmy nomination for Lifetime’s, Steel Magnolias and shared in 12 Years A Slave‘s SAG ensemble nomination.

Best of luck to you and the entire cast!