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Apparently, all it takes for “Madam Secretary” to avoid the sophomore TV slump is four heartbeats – as Téa Leoni finds her character promoted to the highest office in the land following a series of very unfortunate events. CBS’ political drama is upping the ante this season with dramatic new plot twists and guest appearances by Academy-Award winner Morgan Freeman, Eric Stoltz (who also serve as executive producers) and a cameo by real-life Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. “You have to come back and turn the volume up a bit, make it the same show but a little bit different,” showrunner. »
- Itay Hod
In the Madam Secretary Season 2 premiere “The Show Must Go On” (CBS, Sunday, Oct. 4, at 8pm Et/Pt), Elizabeth (Téa Leoni) must take the oath of office when the president’s (Keith Carradine) plane disappears over the Pacific Ocean. Also, Henry (Tim Daly) is asked to recruit one of his Russian students to work for the U.S. government by Jane Fellows (Jill Hennessy), his new Defense Intelligence Agency handler. Morgan Freeman directs this episode and also guest-stars as Supreme Court Chief Justice Frawley. Photo: Credit: Sarah Shatz/CBS ©2015 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved
- Ryan Berenz
A missing plane brings major changes to Sunday's Madam Secretary season-two premiere. In the CBS drama's season-one finale, Elizabeth McCord (Tea Leoni) learned that there wouldn't be espionage charges pressed against her, while Elizabeth and Henry's (Tim Daly) daughter Stevie (Wallis Currie-Wood) began a potentially problematic relationship with President Dalton's (Keith Carradine) son, Harrison (Jason Ralph). Executive producers Barbara Hall — who created the show — and Lori McCreary spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about Elizabeth stepping up to the plate when the president's plane vanishes and executive producer Morgan Freeman auditioning for his role
- Ryan Gajewski
Peter Kay, Lucy Speed and newcomer Laurie Kynaston continue to charm in the Danny Baker biopic, Cradle to Grave; reality TV goes sinister as 14 contestants try to survive off-grid in Hunted; and romantic hopefuls try their hardest to shine in First Dates. Plus: the pressure’s on for Téa Leoni in the Madam Secretary finale, and season two of wacky animation Rick and Morty gets underway
The dawn of harsh-reality TV: 14 contestants become fugitives, alone or in pairs, attempting to remain at large in Britain for 28 days without giving away their locations via electronic communication or CCTV. They’re being trailed by “hunters” whose day job is tracking criminals, and whose level of access to online information is frightening. The point is that staying off-grid, for even a short time, is both practically difficult and psychologically draining. In the surveillance age, is withdrawing from society even an option? Jack Seale
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- Jack Seale, Graeme Virtue, Hannah J Davies, Julia Raeside, Jonathan Wright, David Stubbs
Madam Secretary will have some family business to attend to when the CBS drama returns.
According to EW.com, Peter is an adventurer and risk-taker who will try to settle an old conflict with Elizabeth when he comes to town.
Madam Secretary returns Sunday, Oct. 4, at 8/7c on CBS; Stoltz’s first episode will air sometime in November. »
Hillary Clinton is just like you. She loves sitting in rocking chairs and she also watches The Good Wife. Yes, Clinton is a fan of the CBS series starring Julianna Margulies as a spurned lawyer-wife whose husband is embroiled in a sex scandal at the start of the series. Yep. The Good Wife loves casting real life political figures—Donna Brazile is basically a recurring character on the show now—so Hillary, your time may come! Clinton, who is campaigning for the 2016 presidency, also revealed she's into The Good Wife's Sunday night companion Madam Secretary. Yes, the Téa Leoni show about a female secretary of state. Yep. Clinton revealed her TV favorites in an interview with South Carolina »
Power, plots and controversial haircuts … Hillary Clinton may have set her sights on the White House, but the TV characters she inspired – in Veep, House of Cards and Madam Secretary – are way ahead of her
If imitation really is flattery, then Hillary Rodham Clinton should be thrilled by the American TV schedules. As she sets out on her second bid to become the country’s first woman president, three fictional female politicians – all based to some extent on her – are running alongside.
In the latest series of Veep (broadcast in the UK on Sky Atlantic), central character Selina Meyer is already president; and, with CBS having commissioned a second term of Madam Secretary (the first season is currently on Sky Living), the narrative logic seems to point to secretary of state Elizabeth McCord (Téa Leoni) launching a bid for the White House. Viewers of House of Cards (Netflix) must also »
- Mark Lawson
Crossing Jordan and Law & Order alum Jill Hennessy is set for a recurring role on CBS drama series Madam Secretary. Hennessy will play Jane Fellows, Henry’s (Tim Daly) new Defense Intelligence Agency handler who is a commanding yet discreet political operator known for keeping cool in a crisis and who might not always see eye-to-eye with Henry. Her character will be introduced during the series’ second-season premiere on Sunday, October 4. Téa Leoni stars as Secretary of… »
Madeleine Albright, the Us secretary of state who under Bill Clinton helped shape the country’s stance on the Balkans and Iraq, is to pass on her hard-earned wisdom to one of her successors – though an entirely fictional one.
She is to take a guest role as herself in CBS political drama Madam Secretary, starring Téa Leoni as Elizabeth McCord, a secretary of state drafted in following the suspicious death of her predecessor. She then attempts to wrest control of global events at the same time as she wrangles her family life.
Beyond honored to have @Madeleine Albright on the #MadamSecretary set today! #MatchingPins pic.twitter.com/faUH1ZcPFr
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- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will guest star as herself on an episode of the CBS drama “Madam Secretary,” the network announced Tuesday. In the episode, which will air this fall, Albright advises Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord (Téa Leoni) on how to navigate a sticky situation with National Security Advisor Craig Sterling (guest star Julian Acosta) that is threatening to fracture her relationship with President Dalton (Keith Carradine). Albright is the first woman to become the U.S. Secretary of State. She was nominated by President Bill Clinton on Dec. 5, 1996, and was unanimously confirmed by a U.S. »
- Joe Otterson
Hollywood has taken notice of Téa Leoni’s powerful portrayal of a fictional secretary of state in the CBS breakout drama “Madam Secretary.” Leoni plays Elizabeth McCord, a former CIA operative pulled into politics by her former boss, now president of the United States. While she is one of the most powerful women in Washington, McCord faces the delicate challenge of balancing a demanding career and family life. An Emmy contender for Best Actress in a Drama, Leoni spoke to TheWrap about her character’s real-life inspiration , her costar Tim Daly and Los Angeles traffic. Also Read: CBS Renews 'Madam. »
- Kathy Zerbib and Anita Bennett
Kris Wall reviews Lego Jurassic World…
You have to hand it to Traveller’s Tales, they’re clearly huge fans of the licences they come to develop for with each new Lego game they make. Despite one coming out seemingly every 6 months now, each one features an obvious love, respect and understanding of the licence material that has managed to translate the worlds of DC, Marvel, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit into some hugely fun, charming and endlessly inventive platform games. They’re games by fans, for the fans.
As a kid with a short attention span, I liked and enjoyed a lot of different things in rapid, fickle succession, but my childhood came to be defined by three things, three loves that endured my youth and lasted to this day, Batman, Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park. Traveller’s Tales have already adapted Batman and Indiana Jones »
- Kris Wall
This month has seen Wire alums Aiden Gillen (Baltimore politico Tommy Carcetti) wrap his fifth season as ever-scheming puppet master Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish on Game of Thrones, and Pablo Schreiber (in-over-his-head dockworker Nick Sobotka) return as “Pornstache” on season three of Orange Is the New Black. Schreiber also debuts on HBO’s The Brink as a slightly out-of-his-mind, pill-popping fighter pilot, but he’s just one of a number of stars from The Wire showing up on television this season. With a snazzy new Blu-ray boxed set out to help remind viewers where many of these actors came from, here’s a roundup of where you can find them — cops and gangbangers alike.Amy Ryan (Beadie Russell)Without a doubt the biggest star in a minor role on The Wire, Amy Ryan — whose main claim to fame pre-Wire was playing Téa Leoni’s friend on the unbearable sitcom The Naked Truth »
- Ivan Cohen
I don’t know if anyone involved in Jurassic Park III had an idea about why the movie needed to be made other than Universal Pictures keeping the IP alive. Steven Spielberg had moved on, and if he couldn’t find life in a sequel, who was going to be able to attempt it just four years later? Going with Spielberg’s former VFX art director Joe Johnston wasn’t a terrible bet, but it was also a journeyman choice. Johnston was proficient enough to get the job done, but lacked the vision to see anything through beyond “more dinosaurs.” This time, the movie spins the wheel and lands on a slightly more credible protagonist with Sam Neill returning to play Alan Grant, who is lured to Isla Sorna under the false pretenses of being a dinosaur guide to wealthy couple Paul (William H. Macy) and Amanda Kirby (Téa Leoni »
- Matt Goldberg
14 years ago, Universal Pictures was banking on the re-invention of one of its top movie franchises becoming its biggest hit of the summer. The studio handed one of its greatest money-making franchises to a visionary director and tasked him with breathing new life into a sagging franchise. This director would need to create a movie that winked at its past, while also expanding its world beyond its memorable but somewhat limiting premise. Sound familiar?
Long before Jurassic World there was Jurassic Park III, a 2001 movie that has largely been swept under the rug by fans of the blockbuster film series. Pinpointing exactly why Jurassic Park III is so often ignored is difficult. When Jurassic Park III is referenced in the public discourse, it's often unfavourably compared to the original Jurassic Park or disregarded as being as bad or worse than The Lost World. Make no mistake - Jurassic Park III is much, »
We love Bad Boys here at Thn, and can’t believe that Michael Bay hasn’t serviced us with one since 2003. Now it looks like the challenge of putting a Bad Boys 3 movie onto the screen has fallen to The Grey director Joe Carnahan who is in very early talks to write and direct.
The filmmaker, who also brought us that rather brilliant Narc movie many years ago, will actually rewrite David Guggenheim‘s ‘strong draft’ for a potential Bad Boys 3 movie for producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Deadline, who broke the story, reveal that this could be Will Smith‘s next movie following his work on the Suicide Squad movie over at Warner Bros.
- Paul Heath
Adventure runs wild when renowned paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) agrees to accompany a wealthy adventurer (William H. Macy) and his wife (Tea Leoni) on an aerial tour of Isla Sorna, InGen's former breeding ground for prehistoric creatures. But when they're terrifyingly stranded, Dr. Grant discovers that his hosts are not what they seem and the island's native inhabitants are smarter, faster, fiercer and more brutal than he ever imagined in this heart-stomping thriller. Jurassic Park III featured: Director: Joe Johnston Sam Neill as Dr. Alan Grant William H. Macy as Paul Kirby Téa Leoni as Amanda Kirby Alessandro Nivola as Billy Brennan Trevor Morgan as Eric Kirby Michael Jeter as Udesky John Diehl as Cooper Bruce A. Young as M. B. Nash Laura Dern as Dr. Ellie Degler Taylor Nichols as Mark Degler Mark Harelik as Ben Hildebrand Julio Oscar Mechoso as Enrique Cardoso Blake Michael Bryan as »
Its been a while since we've had a worthwhile disaster movie at the cineplex. Back in the 1970s, the genre was a staple of the summer movie season with audiences devouring multi-strand plots, which saw stars both old and new struggling for survival against any and every catastrophe an ambitious movie producer could think of.
Despite giving audiences some bona fide classics such as The Poseidon Adventure (1972) and The Towering Inferno (1974), the genre has been rather dead as of late with lackluster offerings such as Poseidon (a weak 2006 imitation of the far better original) and the overly confident 2012 (2009). Yet this week, the genre hopes for a resurgence with the impressive looking San Andreas (2015). Starring Dwayne Johnson, San Andreas details a rescue pilot’s frantic search for his family following the most powerful and devastating earthquake ever to hit the West Coast.
One of the few noteworthy offerings following the post- »
- Frank Calvillo
Madam Secretary, Season 1, Episodes 18-22
Created by Barbara Hall
Airs Sundays at 8pm (Et) on CBS
The final few episodes leading up to the season finale have been very episodic, with the season finale tying up all loose ends into a very satisfying conclusion. Each episode delivers an interesting and clear standalone crisis situation that is interwoven well with the ongoing narrative. The series as a whole has been one of the finest and consistently entertaining shows from last year’s fall lineup. Madam Secretary manages to keep interest by presenting honest and relateable characters in situations that are compelling and diverse, and has a strong perspective. This political procedural drama has truly grown into an impressive and worthy television staple that has earned its second season order.
The main thread that has been lingering in the background since the pilot has been Elizabeth McCord’s suspicion of foul play »
- Jean Pierre Diez
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