August 22, 2014

On The List: Madam Secretary

Last on my list for this upcoming season is CBS’s Madam Secretary. Admittedly I am still a little hesitant about this show but I plan on giving it  a try.

Madam Secretary stars Tea Leoni as Elizabeth McCord. We follow her as she tries to balance her personal and professional life as Secretary of State.

This will be airing on Sundays which I think will serve as a nice companion to The Good Wife (yay for more women led shows in prime time slots!). I am a little worried though as to if it will be able to build a solid fan base as Sunday night football games notoriously run over and change the times when their shows are supposed to start. The Good Wife has an established following so they’re not usually affected, Madam Secretary is new so it may be an uphill battle if it doesn’t stick right away. I think the goal may be for Alicia fans to become interested in Elizabeth so they are willing to tune into both. (Alicia is the main character in The Good Wife for those who aren’t familiar).

Per CBS:

“MADAM SECRETARY stars Tèa Leoni as Elizabeth McCord, the shrewd, determined, newly appointed Secretary of State who drives international diplomacy, battles office politics and circumvents protocol as she negotiates global and domestic issues, both at the White House and at home. A college professor and a brilliant former CIA analyst who left for ethical reasons, Elizabeth returns to public life at the request of the President following the suspicious death of her predecessor. The President values her apolitical leanings, her deep knowledge of the Middle East, her flair for languages and her ability to not just think outside the box, but to not even acknowledge there is a box. McCord’s team includes her Chief of Staff Nadine Tolliver, speechwriter Matt Mahoney, press coordinator Daisy Grant and her charming assistant Blake Moran. When McCord debates third world problems, finesses foreign dignitaries at work and does battle with the President’s combative Chief of Staff Russell Jackson, it’s just a warm-up for when she goes home to her supportive husband, Henry, and their two bright children, where “politics” and “compromise” take on new meaning.”

 

Check out this first look below:

I think it has promise though with the influx of new shows and viewers having so many options, the script will have to be really good to keep the audience’s attention.

I’ll be checking it out when it premieres on September 20th at a special time, 8:30pm ET.

 

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