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Like most CBS dramas, “Madam Secretary” was clearly developed with a time period in mind — another high-powered, classily cast drama about a woman with ripped-from-the-headlines undertones. Yet this lead-in to “The Good Wife” plays more like a slightly simple-minded return to “The West Wing,” with Tea Leoni as the reluctant Secretary of State, chosen (after her predecessor’s somewhat suspicious death) specifically for her lack of political ambitions. So come for the Hillary factor, and stay for the feel-good foreign policy practiced with courage and intelligence, or at least, so CBS hopes.
A former CIA analyst, Leoni’s Elizabeth McCord is minding her own business in academia when she’s summoned by the president (Keith Carradine, at his avuncular best in what’s described as a recurring role), saying he needs her clear-eyed counsel and refusing to take no for an answer. Not surprisingly, she is not exactly welcomed with »
- Brian Lowry
If viewers chose shows based solely on stars they like, “Madam Secretary” would be doomed. Tea Leoni, the star of the upcoming CBS political drama, has the lowest Positive Q Score (7), according TheWrap‘s study of actresses on new and key returning fall TV shows. On the other hand, “NCIS” would still be in good shape going into Season 12, thanks in large part to the beloved Pauley Perrette. She topped our list with a whopping 31. See photos: 45 Fall TV Actresses Ranked by Popularity (Photos) Here's how the marketing company arrives at its results for its clients, which include television networks, »
- Tony Maglio
Madam Secretary CBS Premieres: Sept. 21 Airs: Sundays at 8pm Who’s In It? Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Bebe Neuwirth 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 … Continue reading →
- Lori Acken
Robert Bianco recommends his top 10 new shows to watch on TV this fall. He says "the two best broadcast pilots" he has seen are from the CW network: "Jane the Virgin" (Gina Rodriguez) and "The Flash" (Grant Gustin). The others you should watch are: "Black-ish" (ABC, Anthony Anderson), "Gotham" (Fox, Ben McKenzie), "How to Get Away with Murder" (ABC, Viola Davis), "Madam Secretary" (CBS, Tea Leoni), "Forever" (ABC, Ioan Gruffudd), "Constantine" (NBC, Matt Ryan), "Scorpion" (CBS, Robert Patrick), and "Cristela" (ABC, Cristela Alonzo). USA Today -Break- The upcoming seventh season of "Nurse Jackie" will be its final one for Showtime. It will air next spring on the premium channel and continue to star Emmy winners Edie Falco and Merritt Wever. Three-time Emmy champ Tony Shalhoub ("Monk") will join the cast as a new doctor. TV Guide Related: C »
Morgan Freeman will join the cast of Universal and Mrc's “Ted 2,” the actor's representative told TheWrap on Wednesday. In the follow-up to the hit about a foul-mouthed stuffed bear named Ted, Freeman will play a civil rights lawyer who helps Ted resolve legal issues. The film is currently in production in Boston and is bringing back much of the original cast, including Mark Wahlberg. Seth MacFarlane is writing, directing and will voice Ted. The original film grossed $218 million domestically. Freeman is an executive producer on upcoming CBS pilot “Madam Secretary” starring Tea Leoni and recently voiced Vitruvius in “The Lego Movie, »
- Gina Hall
Until the future brings us a reality in which there are, like, TV channels dedicated solely to sports, CBS will endeavor to keep fans of The Good Wife and its other Sunday programs alerted to football-related delays.
Related Fall TV Spoilerpalooza: Exclusive Scoop From 42 Returning Favorites, Including The Good Wife
New for the coming TV Season, the “CBS Eye-lert” system is inviting TV-philes to download the CBS App for iOS, to set up mobile push notifications about Sunday delays. Also at the CBS Eye-lert website, you can click to follow the network’s Facebook and/or Twitter feeds, which also report on start time delays. »
After winning two Emmys last week, Allison Janney said something that should be considered a truism but isn't. Explaining her successful return to TV after a sojourn in movies, the 54-year-old told Variety, "Television is a woman's medium."
Since "The West Wing" went off the air eight years ago, Janney has landed a number of supporting character roles in movies, mostly mom parts. Back on TV, however, she won Emmys this year (her fifth and sixth) for stretching to play two very different parts: a woman trying to salvage a difficult marriage in the premium-cable drama "Masters of Sex," and a recovering alcoholic whose daughter and granddaughter have followed in her reckless footsteps on the network sitcom "Mom."
Janney certainly seems to be an example of how television is friendlier to 54-year-old actresses than film is. But is television really "a woman's medium"?
Actually, you could argue that television has »
- Gary Susman
Here's everything you need to know about CBS' new fall shows! We know you're short on time, so we won't bore you with lame details and just cut to the chase on whether these new series are worth your precious time. We are not holding back. No filter! On Monday, we shared how we really feel about the CW's two new shows, Tuesday we presented ABC's new line-up and today it's CBS's turn. Téa Leoni returns to the spotlight with political drama Madam Secretary, her first TV role since playing herself in a 2000 episode of The X-Files. Maggie Q and Dylan McDermott team up to take on stalkers in Kevin Williamson's Stalker. NCIS heads to New Orleans for its latest spinoff and »
“What a wonderful time for women on television,” she said in her speech. “And all the women that I’m nominated with here tonight is such a testament to that. But truly, this belongs to Robert and Michelle King; all our writers, who never cease to amaze me with 22 episodes a year.”
And journalists wasted no time asking her about both issues when she made her way to the press room at the end of the awards.
As far as roles for women on TV, Margulies mentioned that she accepted her award from Viola Davis, who stars in the upcoming “How to Get Away with Murder” and also cited projects like Tea Leoni’s upcoming “Madam Secretary.”
“You don’t see the kinds »
- Whitney Friedlander
Cable networks often replay episodes of shows on the night they premiere — sometimes more than once — but that’s not a luxury that broadcasters, who are under greater ratings pressures, can afford. But Sept. 21 falls one day before the start of the TV season, so CBS saw an opportunity to give viewers multiple chances to watch the newbie with little ratings risk.
The Eye’s lineup that night will start at 7:30 p.m. Et (6:30 p.m. Ct), following late-afternoon coverage of “The NFL on CBS,” which will be highlighted by a Super Bowl rematch between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos.
The season premiere of “60 Minutes” at 7:30 p.m. Et will benefit from that huge lead-in, and CBS »
- Rick Kissell
Well, this is one way to keep your new show from getting lost amidst an inevitable Sunday primetime delay. CBS announced on Wednesday (August 20) that next month's "Madam Secretary" premiere will get a same-night encore to combat inevitable confusion caused by an NFL doubleheader. The network has a Super Bowl rematch between the Broncos and Seahawks sure to draw huge numbers and already scheduled to push the start of Sunday, September 21 primetime to 7:30, which regular CBS viewers know means something closer to 7:36 or 7:47 or 8:03 or something equally unpredictable. As it stands now, "60 Minutes" will kick off its 47th season at 7:30, followed by the premiere of the Tea Leoni drama "Madam Secretary" at 8:30. The sixth season premiere of "The Good Wife" will air at 9:30, followed immediately by an encore of the "Madam Secretary" premiere. [This will, of course, not have any impact at all on West Coast viewers, for whom CBS' Sunday lineup will start promptly at 7 p.m. on September 21 as well as every subsequent Sunday throughout the fall.] As CBS previously announced, the 15th season of "CSI" will premiere on September 28 at 10 p. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Actors David Duchovney and Téa Leoni secretly filed for divorce earlier this summer.
David Duchovney, Téa Leoni Divorce
Duchovney filed for divorce from Leoni back in June and cited an "irretrievable breakdown of the relationship," reported TMZ. The couple settled the terms of the divoce out of court.
Per the conditions of the divorce, Duchovney and Leoni, who both live in New York City’s Upper West Side, will have joint legal custody of their two kids – Madelaine West, 15, and Kyd Miller, 12. Leoni will have primary physical custody of the two children.
Duchovney will pay $8,333 in child support and $40,000 in spousal support. The Californication actor is also responsible for paying for all other extra expenses concerning the children, including camps, private schools and college.
Duchovney and Leoni’s marriage has long been on the rocks. The couple, who married in 1997, separated in 2008 after it came to light that Duchovney had a sex addiction, »
Former X-Files star David Duchovny now has an ex-wife in Téa Leoni. The actor, 54, and Leoni, 48, are divorcing after 17 years of marriage, a source confirms to People, adding that the two have been separated for months. According to TMZ, the divorce papers were filed in June and cite "an irretrievable breakdown" as the cause of the split. The former couple will reportedly share joint legal custody of their two children, son Kyd Miller, 12, and Madelaine West, 15, but Leoni will have primary physical custody, with Duchovny paying $8,000 a month in child support, as well as $40,000 a month in spousal support. He »
- Anya Leon, @anyaluise
David Duchovy and Tea Leoni have filed for divorce, TMZ reports. The couple previously announced their separation back in June 2011. Duchovy filed papers in June, citing an irretrievable breakdown of the relationship. The 54-year-old actor and Leoni, 48, will have joint legal custody of their two children, daughter Madelaine, 15, and son Kyd, 12. Leoni will have primary physical custody. Other terms of the divorce include Duchovy having to pay $8,333 a month in child support and $40,000 a month in spousal support. The X-Files alum and [...] »
David Duchovny has divorced Tea Leoni ... TMZ has learned.The divorce went completely under the radar. We've learned it was filed in June and they settled all the terms themselves.David filed the documents, citing an irretrievable breakdown of the relationship. Under the terms of the divorce ... David and Tea have joint legal custody of their 2 kids -- ages 15 and 12 -- and she has primary physical custody. They both live on the Upper West Side »
- TMZ Staff
Why are so many female characters depicted as successful in their professional lives but “broken” in every other way? “Madam Secretary” is Hall’s effort to bust out of what has become a TV cliche.
Tea Leoni stars as a former CIA analyst who is reluctantly recruited as Secretary of State after her predecessor dies mysteriously. The conflict for Leoni’s Elizabeth McCord comes as she grapples with her high-pressure, 24/7 job where national security is in fact on the line every day. But she has a solid marriage with her religion professor husband, played by Tim Daly, and healthy relationships with her two kids.
“The challenge of trying to create a woman in a strong position of leadership is to not show her life being broken everywhere else, »
- Cynthia Littleton
[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.] Show: "Madam Secretary" (CBS) The Pitch: "Yo NBC, I see your shocking show about a woman who's a detective And a mother and I raise you... A Secretary." "That's not actually all that progressive." "Of State?" "Good enough." Quick Response: It seems silly that "Madam Secretary" has to steal its core premise from ABC's short-lived "Commander in Chief" -- A woman with ties to a Virginia university is chosen to become a DC power-player due to her outsider credentials and lack of interest in higher office -- but nearly everything in the set-up to "Madam Secretary" is silly, from the excruciating posturing from President Keith Carradine -- "You don't think outside the box. You don't even know there is a box." -- to the Vast Government Conspiracy that may or may not be afoot. [Hint -- It is. It always is.] If you get past all of the silliness, maybe you'll be able to see a confident »
- Daniel Fienberg
In Madam Secretary, Leoni will play newly appointed secretary of state Elizabeth McCord. Elizabeth’s husband will be played by Tom Daly. Though Leoni’s character is starting off in the cabinet in the West Wing, the actress is optimistic that McCord will one day make her play for the presidency.
“Wait until year four,” Leoni said Thursday at the Television Critics Association.
Leoni also addressed why she’s deciding to return to television now, when she’s turned down a number of offers over the years. The mother of two revealed that now that her kids are older, she’s in a position where she can spend more time away from home to commit herself to a TV project.
"My kids at 15 and 12 are ready. »
This coming fall, CBS is premiering a new series called Madam Secretary, in which Téa Leoni plays a character that was, at least partly, inspired by Hillary Clinton. During a presentation at today's Television Critics Association summer conference, the show's executive producer Lori McCreary explained how it was Clinton's testimony at hearings over the 2012 attack in Benghazi that helped give her the idea for the show. »
- Matt Wilstein
"Madam Secretary" shares a Washington D.C. setting with one of TV's hottest dramas, "Scandal," but the similarities will end there. "Secretary," a new CBS drama starring Tea Leoni as a one-time CIA analyst who steps into the role of Secretary of State, airs on Sunday nights beginning this fall, serving as a natural bridge between the in-depth current events reporting of "60 Minutes" and the high class drama of "The Good Wife." So don't expect to see Leoni sleeping with the President or facing off with a mother who's an international terrorist. As executive producer Barbara Hall ("Joan of Arcadia") explained during a panel discussion at the TCA 2014 summer press tour, she's aiming for something more, shall we say, realistic. "From what I understand about 'Scandal' and [NBC's] 'State of Affairs,' [our show] is a little less heightened reality than that," Hall explained. "We're really trying to pull back the curtain on »
- Geoff Berkshire
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