Pilot Scoop: CBS Orders Secretary of State Drama From Homeland Co-EP

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logo-cbs-300CBS is looking to put an increased focus on foreign relations next fall, placing a pilot order for an hour-long drama about a female Secretary of State, TVLine has learned.

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The project, titled Madam Secretary, chronicles the personal and professional life of a maverick female SoS as she drives international diplomacy, wrangles office politics and balances a complex family life.

Homeland writer/producer Barbara Hall penned the script and will serve as an EP alongside Morgan Freeman, Lori McCreary and Tracy Mercer.



Comments (28)

  • This actually sounds interesting. I’m gonna have to keep an eye on it.

    Comment by Zorkel – January 27, 2014 06:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • could be interesting with the right lead

    Comment by meatwad – January 27, 2014 06:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I know they will probably go younger but this sounds like a great role for Glenn Close.

    Comment by jasie – January 27, 2014 06:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • THIS^^^

      Comment by Phillip – January 27, 2014 06:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • YES! GLENN CLOSE! She would be PERFECT! She’s gold in any role she plays! Been missing her since DAMAGES!

      Comment by Dansforth – January 27, 2014 07:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Anybody BUT Glenn Close, PLEASE!!!! She is so yesterday and boring that she’d be a show killer right out of the box. Way too old and demographically unappealing for this role.

        Go with someone younger. 38 to 42 max. Dangle the cash in front of a slipping A list star to move to television but not a grandma geezer like Close.

        Comment by Oliver Queen – January 29, 2014 10:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • One Last Thing fka Horse and Wagon was the best episode Barbara Hall wrote on Homeland.

    Comment by Tran 2.0 – January 27, 2014 07:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Didn’t they already do this show with Sigourney Weaver?

    Comment by Butters – January 27, 2014 07:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This sounds amazing! I hope they cast a leading lady with the likes of Julianna Margulies’ depth and skills and not another youngster. So many great actresses in their forties/fifties around don’t have a show to showcase their talent. I would love for this show to follow the path of The Good Wife.
    I’m thinking Calista Flockhart, Marcia cross, Felicity Huffman, Lisa Edelstein, Kate Walsh, and any of the great AA actresses from Kerry Washington’s generation.

    Comment by Riley – January 27, 2014 07:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Love! This!!!!

      Comment by Young Matthew – January 27, 2014 07:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I could see Felicity Huffman in this role.

      Comment by jasie – January 27, 2014 07:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Lisa Edelstein. Crazy talented and incredibly sexy in a suit

      Comment by Levi – January 28, 2014 12:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Lisa Edelstein is the lead of a new pilot called Girlfriends´Guide i think but if that doesn´t work i think this role has her name writen all over it.

        Comment by Hey – January 28, 2014 04:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Political Animals rehash

    Comment by woodyinho – January 27, 2014 07:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Angella Bassett

    Comment by meah – January 27, 2014 10:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • A Condy Rice-esque inspiration would be great, they could cast someone like Gina Torres

    Comment by Apples – January 27, 2014 11:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This will be awful. Though I like politics I always cringe while watching American political shows. As a Canadian, it’s difficult for me to deal clearheadedly with American political stories. I will definitely pass on this.

    Comment by Ally Oop – January 28, 2014 01:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hostages part 2…only this time it is the sec of state who is holding the government hostage until they bomb 13 people in Yemen with no terrorist connection.

    Comment by Anne – January 28, 2014 06:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You have it bass-ackward.

      This will be about HRC who pumps up the jihadistinians while screwing Israel, who sets the stage for Kerry and Obama to ease the sanctions on the iranians so they can build nuclear weapons to attack Israel, and eventually is so involved with her Muslim Sisterhood, bi-sexual chief of staff that she allows 4 Americans to be raped and murdered in Benghazi.

      Film at 11.

      Comment by Les Legato – January 28, 2014 09:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I agree with everyone here. The plot will only work if the lead is good. This is not the time to get a lead that will crap on the role. Going with an established actress is going to be better than an unknown because this woman will carry the show. This is another way CBS can get females to lead on their network besides the Good Wife.

    Comment by lll – January 28, 2014 08:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Pass. Sounds boring, and I’m sure they’ll put some left wing twist into it, since it’s a network show.

    Comment by Heathers – January 28, 2014 08:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Guys, why would you delete a comment about the Blind Item? What the heck is going on here?

    Comment by vioricabritton – January 28, 2014 08:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Bwahahaha … joke’s on me. Wrong thread. My bad! Sorry guys. Too many “Homeland” episodes.

      Comment by vioricabritton – January 28, 2014 08:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • More unrealistic nonsense…brought to you by CBS of course. The largest network recipient of government bailout money.

    Comment by Weezy – January 28, 2014 08:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hmmm… I wonder, could there be a former female SoS who may be running for President in 2016, who could possibly benefit from a show that presents a strong, positive image of such a character? Naw… Hollywood would never do anything like that, would they? /sarc

    Comment by Skip – January 28, 2014 02:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Are they going to call it “I Dream of Hillary”?

    Comment by Scott – January 28, 2014 02:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Will they include a terrorist attack where 4 Americans are killed in Benghazi and the Secty of State didn’t answer the 3 am call…or any other call for help for that matter?

    Comment by CarlyC – January 29, 2014 08:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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