It’s been reported that Katherine Heigl is close to returning to television in a new primetime drama.

The actress - who quit her role as Izzie Stevens on Grey's Anatomy in 2010 - is set to appear in the new series, which will be written by procedural veteran Alexi Hawley, whose CV includes The Following, Body of Proof and Castle.

The show will focus on how the CIA handles hotspots around the world and Heigl will star as an adviser to the US president. Heigl will also executive produce the as yet untitled show.

Heigl’s film career has failed to take off since leaving Grey’s Anatomy, with Killers, Life as We Know It, One for the Money and The Big Wedding all doing poorly at the box office.

Last year, Heigl floated the possibility of returning to Grey’s Anatomy. “If they want me to return for an arc, I would love to know where Izzie is now,” she said.

“It’s been a couple of years. I really hope she’s succeeding somewhere.”