ARLINGTON, Va. (WNEW) — An Arlington soccer dad is the inspiration behind a new TV series premiering on NBC Monday night.
But it’s not Rodney Faraon’s life as a father of three that is the show’s premise, it’s his 14 years of experience as an analyst for the CIA.
“When I joined the CIA in 1991, I had already been in love with the CIA,” Faraon says. “I romanticized the agency’s mission to advise the president on what’s happening, and help him make great decisions.”
Decades later, Faraon still romanticizes the agency as the executive director of “State of Affairs.”
The show is about a CIA analyst who briefs the president.
“I’ve been there, I know how intelligence is used, not used, and sometimes abused and how much influence it has,” Faraon says.
That analyst is played by former “Grey’s Anatomy” star Katherine Heigl. He says Heigl was immediately hooked when he pitched the character to her.
“She immediately fell in love with the idea … partly because she’s never seen this character portrayed on television,” he said.
Faraon doesn’t tell the writers any classified secrets, of course, his role is to say how plausible or authentic a story might be and what jargon would be used.
The show is taped in Los Angeles but Faraon works from Arlington.
“State of Affairs” premieres Monday, Nov. 17 at 10 p.m.