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We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again: Americans love Pauley Perrette. The same can’t be said about Tea Leoni. Still, the “Madam Secretary” star isn’t the least-liked fall TV actress this year. In an ironic twist, Americans liked America Ferrera the least of all leading ladies on broadcast, per TheWrap’s study of the latest Q Score roundup. Looking into the 39 top actresses across the Big 4 broadcasters’ fall schedules, we found seven women without measurements, and 34 we could rank. All numbers in the story come from a Summer 2017 study unless otherwise noted. Also Read: »
- Tony Maglio
Barbara Hall: Ploughshares Fund/Vimeo
Barbara Hall is shifting gears from the White House to the CIA. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the “Madam Secretary” creator and showrunner is working on “Family Business,” a CBS drama about a multigenerational family of spies.
“Family Business” will tell the story of a CIA family “through the eyes of its youngest generation,” THR writes, “three adult siblings who all struggle with rivalry, secrets, and making their mark in the intelligence community.” Hall is writing the script and will serve as exec producer.
“Madam Secretary” premiered on CBS in 2014. Led by Téa Leoni, the drama traces the professional and personal lives of one the most powerful women in the world: Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord. Bebe Neuwirth (“The Good Wife”), Patina Miller (“Hunger Games” franchise), and Tim Daly (Shonda Rhimes’ “Private Practice”) also star.
In early 2016 Hall signed a two-year deal with CBS Television Studios. The pact sees the showrunner continuing to oversee “Madam Secretary” while developing new projects for CBS. “Family Business” is presumably part of Hall’s deal.
Season 4 of “Madam Secretary” begins Sunday, October 8 on CBS.
“Madam Secretary” Showrunner Barbara Hall Developing CIA Drama for CBS was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
The broadcast networks have nearly 20 shows debuting this fall, including the maiden space voyage of Fox’s Orville, NBC’s look at Brave heroes and ABC’s Ten Days with Kyra Sedgwick. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.
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The Show | Wisdom of the Crowd (Sundays at 8/7c, premiering Oct. 1 at 8:30 pm)
The Competition | NBC’s Sunday Night Football, Fox’s The Simpsons/Ghosted (new) and ABC’s To Tell the Truth
Related Read Our First Impressions of ABC’s Ten Days in the Valley, »
Vulture WatchWill Dr. Elizabeth McCord win her fight to balance work and family? Has the Madam Secretary TV show been cancelled or renewed for a fourth season on CBS? The television vulture is watching for TV cancellation and renewal news, so this page is a dedicated place to track the status of Madam Secretary season four. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About?A political drama airing on the television network, Madam Secretary follows the shrewd, determined Elizabeth McCord (Téa Leoni). As U.S. Secretary of State, she battles office politics, while driving international diplomacy and negotiating global deals. She also handles domestic issues — both at the White House and at home. A college professor, Elizabeth was once a CIA analyst, who left her post for ethical reasons. She returned to »
Back together, or just a friendly outing? Most would wager the latter, but David Duchovny and Téa Leoni did reunite for a private coffee run in Malibu Thursday afternoon. The amicable exes dressed casually for the daytime outing, and an eyewitness told E! News they departed in the same car together. The X-Files alum and Madam Secretary star famously separated in 2008 while David sought professional treatment for a sex addiction. They went on to reconcile months later, only to split again in 2011. Leoni ultimately filed for divorce three years later after 17 years of not-so wedded bliss. It's not all uncommon for David and Téa to be in the same place at »
With last year’s winner Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) ineligible this year, a spot opened for a new victor to be crowned. Odds are on Claire Foy, who won both Golden Globe and SAG awards this year for her portrait of young Queen Elizabeth II in “The Crown.” She could face stiff competition from new contenders Mandy Moore, whose done great work on new show “This Is Us,” and Evan Rachel Wood, who stars as a very human android in “Westworld.” Also debuting this year was “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a showcase for Elisabeth Moss’ talent. With seven previous noms, Moss has never won. Likely to repeat their nominations from last year are Viola Davis (“How to Get Away With Murder”) and Claire Danes (“Homeland”) both of whom have won for their characters before. Robin Wright (“House of Cards”), Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”) and Keri Russell (“The Americans”) were all nominated last year as well, and »
- Variety Staff
At CBS’ pre-upfront breakfast on Wednesday, a reporter asked chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves about the lack of women leads in his new series orders. Moonves iterated that despite the lack of women in lead roles, CBS’s shows still garner women viewers with shows like “Madam Secretary” — which stars Téa Leoni — and “The Good Fight,” which is on CBS All Access. “More women watch CBS percentage-wise than any other network — so our shows have a lot of female appeal,” Moonves said. Also Read: Les Moonves: CBS Was Offered 'American Idol,' But Economics 'Made Absolutely No Sense' Moonves continued, »
- Carli Velocci and Tony Maglio
In college, I used to roll my eyes when my good friend, Courtney, welled up while watching NBC’s critically acclaimed White House drama The West Wing.
“Are you crying because something happened, or are you just crying because of America?” I’d ask sarcastically. I was a casual viewer, and usually hadn’t paid much attention to what President Bartlet and his team were up to on any given week.
“America!” she’d respond, dabbing at her eyes and laughing. I laughed, too, because — even while in the thrall of a brilliantly written, expertly acted TV series — who gets »
While cities as far flung as L.A. and Toronto often substitute for New York in film and TV (albeit inadequately, in the eyes of city natives), Manhattan and its surrounding boroughs do their share of faking it. "Most viewers don't realize that in Madam Secretary the Georgetown home Tea Leoni exits is actually a Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, carriage house, or that The Americans similarly cheats Brooklyn for Washington, D.C.," says New York City film commissioner Julie Menin. And even as some locally set series have decamped (including Showtime's The Affair, cashing in on California's revamped incentives), current productions in and »
- Bryn Elise Sandberg
CBS won a quiet Sunday night, though its Tea Leoni-led “Madam Secretary” fell to a series low of a 0.7 rating in the advertiser coveted adults 18-49 demographic, and 6.5 million viewers overall. Long-running news program “60 Minutes” was the highest-rated show of the night, for CBS and across all networks, with a 1.6 rating and 11.2 million viewers. Overall, CBS was first in ratings with a 1.5 rating/6 share in 18-49 and in total viewers with an average of 10.5 million, according to preliminary numbers. “NCIS: La” garnered a 1.1 rating with 9.2 million viewers. Also Read: 'Madam Secretary' Showrunner Barbara »
- Linda Ge
Erich Bergen is opening up about his life-changing health crisis for the first time.
In the new issue of People, the actor reveals that he was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2013 and underwent surgery and chemotherapy to treat the disease.
“Men, in general, don’t like talking about this stuff, which is why men die from it,” says Bergen, 31. “There has to be more conversation about it — there’s nothing to be ashamed about.”
A Harrowing Diagnosis »
- Jeff Nelson
Tea Leoni has signed with Wme, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned. She was previously with UTA.
On the big screen, Leoni’s credits include Bad Boys, Deep Impact, The Family Man, Jurassic Park III, Spanglish, Fun With Dick and Jane and Ghost Town. The actress has been a Unicef ambassador since 2001 and served on the national board for its U.S. Fund since 2006.
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- Rebecca Sun
As expected, the Madam Secretary TV show has been renewed for season four on CBS. The pickup was part of a big, early season renewal order from The Tiffany Network.A political drama airing on the CBS television network, Madam Secretary stars Téa Leoni, Keith Carradine, Tim Daly, Bebe Neuwirth, Željko Ivanek, Sebastian Areclus, Patina Miller, Geoffrey Arend, Erich Bergen, Kathrine Herzer, Wallis Currie-Wood, and Evan Roe.Read More… »
While on break from playing the CW series’ heartthrob Rafael, Baldoni traveled to New York to shoot two episodes of CBS’ Madam Secretary… which seems odd, until you hear him talk about the political drama and realize he’s a superfan.
Read on to hear his thoughts about playing Kevin Park, a new co-worker who catches Daisy’s eye and who may be keeping a few secrets, then make sure to press Play on »
During the 2016 presidential election celebrities found increasingly creative ways to show their support for Hillary Clinton. (Rihanna’s shirtception being the the most chill endorsement ever.) Now months after the election, stars are still standing by their candidate through cool fashion choices and even taking their support to the small screen. In one episode of Madam Secretary, Téa Leoni’s character Elizabeth McCord was spotted wearing a Hillary Clinton pendant necklace in just about every scene.
Just noticed that @TeaLeoni has been wearing this Hillary Pendant on @MadamSecretary – Pendant made by Hrc supporter https://t.co/8MqmoTFlC7 pic.twitter.com »
- Colleen Kratofil
Tim Daly assured fans that he's "all good" after after a skiing accident that occurred while he was at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
On Tuesday, a source told Et that the Madam Secretary star broke both his legs while out on the slopes, but the 60-year-old actor cited his specific injuries in a recent tweet. "Humans!!! Broke my right ankle and left knee skiing," he wrote. "Simultaneously! How's that for talent? I'm all good."
Daly is scheduled to appear on a panel with his Madam Secretary co-stars at BroadwayCon in New York City on Saturday, but it's not yet known if he'll be able to make the event. "The Madam Secretary panel schedule will be the same," a rep for BroadwayCon told Et in a statement. "We're in communication with the Madam Secretary team and are hopeful that Tim will be able to join us.”
Exclusive: Chrissy Metz Dishes on Knee Injury and Hopes »
An accident on the slopes has left writers of political drama “Madam Secretary” scrambling after star Tim Daly reportedly injured himself while skiing at Sundance. According to Variety, Daly — who plays the husband of Tea Leoni’s Secretary of State — is expected to undergo surgery on Wednesday, and doctors expect he’ll need between six to […] »
- Brent Furdyk
Ouch! Madam Secretary actor Tim Daly suffered a bad accident and broke both of his legs while skiing at Sundance, according to Deadline. Production won't be affected by Daly's injury, and he will appear in all episodes of the current third season. Writers are said to be debating whether to write his injury into the script. Daly stars opposite Téa Leoni in the CBS series. He plays Henry McCord, head of a special intelligence analyst unit and the husband of Leoni's Elizabeth McCord, who is Secretary of State in the show. In addition to playing onscreen spouses, Leoni and Daly are also a couple in real life. nullThe duo started dating in December 2014, about six months after Leoni and »
Tim Daly's Sundance Film Festival trip was cut short when he broke both of his legs while skiing in Park City, Utah.
Some have speculated that the Madam Secretary star's injury may impact production on the CBS political drama. Daly's injury could require adjustments to be made to upcoming scripts, a source tells Et.
Daly -- who plays Henry McCord, husband of Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord (Tea Leoni) -- is expected to appear in every episode of the current third season, despite his injury, the source says. »
It looks like Tim Daly might have a rough couple of months ahead of him.
The Madam Secretary actor broke both of his legs while skiing at Sundance, according to Deadline. Writers for the show are said to be debating whether or not to work Daly’s injury into the show.
Production on the show will not be impacted by the injury and the 60-year-old actor will reportedly still appear in all episodes of the current third season.
Daly plays Henry McCord, the head of a special intelligence analysis unit. He stars opposite Téa Leoni, who portrays Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord. »
- Alexia Fernandez
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