Nine years, later CBS has approved a pilot for “Madam Secretary,” starring Tea Leoni as a “maverick female Secretary of State” who “balances a complex family life.” There’s no word on whether “complex” means wildly adulterous husband. The Hollywood Reporter elaborated:
From Homeland’s Barbara Hall, Madam Secretary centers on 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 will play Elizabeth Faulkner McGill, a teacher turned secretary of state who is described as striking in every way and full of passion for everything she does.
“Maverick” would seem to rule out Condi Rice, a woman Hollywood and other liberals saw as a Bush doormat. TV scribes see “Madam Secretary” as another version of the CBS hit “The Good Wife,” in which the lead character was married to an….adulterous politician. That fits.
The Good Wife is very well done. This thing, though, sounds like a standard Hollywood propaganda potboiler. I doubt it will last beyond the first season.