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Last week, CBS premiered the new political drama Madam Secretary, which stars Téa Leoni as Elizabeth Faulkner McCord, the U.S. Secretary of State. It's hardly a far-fetched concept, as we've seen three female secretaries of state since 1997: Madeleine Albright, Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. But it's nonetheless rare to see a fictional universe with a woman in one of the nation's top three positions of political power. (Yep, even in fake realities, politics is a man's game.) And historically speaking, Hollywood has played it as a joke more often than not. So which fictional female presidents, vice presidents »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
Let the scheduling games begin! With upfronts looming, TV honchos have been locked in pilot screenings all week, feverishly trying to decide which shows will make it to the fall schedule. Yet one trend has emerged: This year, the studios have succeeded in spreading the wealth, selling shows not just to their inhouse counterparts, but to the other networks as well. Why the change? The increasingly crowded TV landscape means networks need to prove they can be competitive in luring top talent, explains one exec. Broadcasters’ limited inventory means they also want to cast the widest possible net. And greater flexibility in signing other studios as co-producers has eased the financial pressure to keep shows in the family.
Following is a look at the shows generating buzz:
20th Century Fox
- Debra Birnbaum
Wettig will play Liana Grant, the matriarch of one of the country’s wealthiest and most powerful families.
The pilot comes from writer and executive producer Corinne Brinkerhoff. Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Heather Kadin of K.O. Paper Products and Scripted World’s Rob Golenberg and Alon Aranya are also executive producing.
- Nikara Johns
Tracey Ullman (The Tracey Ullman Show) has signed on to CBS’ single-camera comedy pilot Good Session, opposite James Roday and Rich Sommer. Written by John Hamburg and Matt Miller and directed by Hamburg, the project revolves around a happy couple, Joel (Roday) and Lindsay (Tbd), who go to a therapist to help them decide if they should have a baby but quickly discover they have more to discuss. Ullman will play Ellen, the astute, straightforward therapist who uses her own brand of insight and humor to inspire the couples she helps to tell the truth. Related: 2014 CBS Pilots Emmy and Golden Globe winner Patricia Wettig (thirtysomething, Brothers And Sisters) has joined the cast of CW‘s drama pilot Identity, exec produced by Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci. It centers on Mia (Ahna O’Reilly), a young New Yorker who learns she needs an organ transplant to survive and her only »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
The CW and CBS Television Studios pilot, “Identity,” has found a worthy actress to play the matriarch of its suspect central family. Patricia Wettig will play Liana Grant, the matriarch of the wealthy family in the the drama project from Fox's “Sleepy Hollow” producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Also read: CW Pilot ‘iZombie’ Rounds Out Cast With Newcomer Rahul Kohli The pilot follows Mia (Ahna O'Reilly), a young woman in need of a transplant who learns she is related to a powerful family whose son (Matt Barr) is her only hope for a donor organ. Things are complicated when the CIA approaches. »
- Jethro Nededog
5 items from 2014
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