The television gods have blessed us once again by canceling a show fronted by Katherine Heigl. Mwhahaha.
News broke over the weekend that her CBS legal drama, “Doubt,” has been axed. In 2014, Heigl tried to make a glorious return to television with “State of Affairs,” but that was canceled too. The 39-year-old actress is keeping a brave face in spite of it all, sharing pictures on her Instagram with her ever growing family and smiling like she means it. But I see right through it.
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We all know what’s going on here. Katherine Heigl has been hexed. The star of “Knocked Up,” and my personal favorite, the 1996 TV movie “Wish Upon A Star,” was publicly scorned by Shonda Rhimes, and her career has never been able to recover.
It all started in 2008. A simpler time. Heigl opted out of the Emmy race that year for her role in "Grey's Anatomy," insisting that she wasn't given good enough material to merit a nomination. Shonda Rhimes, who created the series, was not pleased to say the least.
Heigl left the show in 2010 amid rumors that she was difficult to work with.Afterward, her bad reputation haunted her. And as recently as 2014, Rhimes was telling everyone who would listen that she doesn’t put up with tomfoolery. “I don’t put up with bulls--t or nasty people,” she once said. “I don’t have time for it. There are no Heigls in this situation.”
Ooh, Heigl. Ya burnt!
There's an obvious lesson for all of us here: don't mess with Shonda Rhimes. Unless, of course, you want to go from superstar status to, "What's her name again?"