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Tim Daly has been cast in the upcoming CBS series “Madam Secretary,” from “Joan of Arcadia” creator Barbara Hall. Daly will play Henry, the wife of Leoni’s Secretary of State Elizabeth McGill and the father of their two children. Henry is described as a professor who’s something of a tweedy academic and an expert on and college professor of medieval religious history. He can talk about St. Thomas Aquinas for hours without repeating himself. The former “Private Practice” actor joins a cast that includes “The Naked Truth” actress Tea Leoni. Also read: Janet McTeer Cast in Vince Gilligan, »
- Tim Kenneally
News and notes from all over TV:
- Cinemax's crime drama "Banshee" has been renewed for a third season, the network announced Thursday (Jan. 30). The show is currently airing Season 2 Friday nights at 10 p.m. Et/Pt, as the net grows ever tighter around the man pretending to be Banshee Sheriff Lucas Hood (Antony Starr). Season 3 is scheduled for a 2015 release.
- Jimmy Fallon has lined up his final guests for his tenure on "Late Night." Following three "Best Of" compilations from Feb. 3-5, on Feb. 6 Fallon will welcome Colin Farrell, Chris Pratt and 2 Chainz performing with The Roots. Fallon's last "Late Night" on Feb. 7 will feature Andy Samberg and The Muppets.
- The finale of "American Horror Story: Coven" earned the best Live+Sameday ratings for a finale in the franchise's history, earning 4.2 million total viewers, which is up 85 percent over last year's "Asylum" finale. It also ranked third »
Earlier this week, we reported that Homeland writer Barbara Hall was developing a political drama for CBS called Madam Secretary that would center on an "maverick" Secretary of State. The Hollywood Reporter announced that Tea Leoni has been cast in the role. With her sporty, no-nonsense appearance and intelligent demeanor, Leoni is a great choice, even though the actress is primarily known as a comedy performer (Spanglish, TV's The Naked Truth). The character has now been given a name (Elizabeth Faulkner McGill) and a brief background sketch (teacher turned national politician). The premise of the show -- a woman balancing high-stakes issues at work and a complicated family back home -- makes it a worthy complement to The Good Wife, another show about an ordinary woman who becomes extraordinary.
- Inkoo Kang
Tea Leoni has found two new gigs at once — one as an an actress, and one as the U.S. Secretary of State. “The Naked Truth” actress Leoni has been cast to star in the drama “Madam Secretary,” which earlier this week received a pilot order from CBS. Also read: CBS Orders Dating Comedy Pilot ‘Save the Date’ The drama will revolve around the personal and professional life of a maverick female Secretary of State as she drives international diplomacy, wrangles office politics and balances a complex family life. “Joan of Arcadia” creator Barbara Hall is writing and executive producing the project. »
- Tim Kenneally
This is a big casting coup right off the bat this pilot casting season. CBS has set Tea Leoni as the lead in drama pilot Madam Secretary, from Joan Of Arcadia creator Barbara Hall and Oscar winner Morgan Freeman. The drama, written by Hall, explores the personal and professional life of a maverick female Secretary of State (Leoni) as she drives international diplomacy, wrangles office politics and balances a complex family life. CBS TV Studios is producing with Freeman’s Revelations Entertainment, with the company’s Freeman, Lori McCreary and Tracy Mercer executive producing alongside Hall. Leoni has stayed away from network television since 1998 when her NBC sitcom The Naked Truth ended its run. She has been constantly approached for pilots ever since, but her only TV gig in the past 15 years was the 2011 HBO pilot Spring/Fall. Last year, CBS also started pilot casting season in a big way, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Tea Leoni is headed back to TV as the star of a CBS drama pilot.
The Jurassic Park II and Tower Heist actress has landed the title role in the network’s Madam Secretary, playing the U.S. Secretary of State. The logline: “About the personal and professional life of a maverick female Secretary of State as she drives international diplomacy, wrangles office politics and balances a complex family life..”
Leoni’s last series was the comedy The Naked Truth, which ran on ABC in 1995 and then jumped to NBC through 1998. Madam Secretary is from writer Barbara Hall (Judging Amy) with executive producers Morgan Freeman, »
- James Hibberd
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