Madam Secretary on CBS: Tea Leoni returns to TV!

Madam Secretary

Sept. 21
Airs: Sundays at 8pm
Who’s In It? Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Bebe Neuwirth

Madam Secretary CBS Tea Leoni

The Naked Truth’s Leoni returns to series television after a 16-year absence, playing Elizabeth McCord, a former CIA analyst turned college professor (and a married mom) who unexpectedly rises to the role of U.S. secretary of state, in this drama co-executive produced by Morgan Freeman and Judging Amy’s Barbara Hall.

“I’ve always really enjoyed a fish out of water — a lively fish out of water — and by about page 2 of the script, I knew that’s what this was going to be,” says Leoni of being lured back to the small screen. “And Barbara’s writing is just, well, spectacular. I called [CBS Entertainment Chairman] Nina [Tassler] after my first read through the script and said I was in.”

Like Showtime’s Homeland and NBC’s new State of Affairs, Madam Secretary counts on viewers accepting Middle East unrest as the stuff of entertainment — and something subject to dramatic license.

Only time will tell if its solid cast can overcome any lingering apprehensions.

Madam Secretary premieres Sunday, Sept. 21 at 8pm on CBS

Téa Leoni in Madam Secretary: © 2014 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved Credit: Craig Blankenhorn

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