Madam Secretary CBS Tim Daly Injured Rewrite Henry

Madam Secretary Star Tim Daly Injured While Skiing — Will It Force a Rewrite?

A tumble on the slopes may lead to a scramble in the Madam Secretary writers’ room.

Tim Daly, who stars as Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord’s husband Henry on the CBS political drama, broke both of his legs in a skiing accident while on vacation in Sundance, our sister site Variety is reporting. And the injury might necessitate a rewrite for his character.

Madam Secretary is currently in production on Season 3, which airs Sundays at 9/8c, and the show has been told that Daly will need six to eight weeks of recovery time following surgery. (He’s scheduled to have surgery on Wednesday.) So the show’s writers are reportedly considering a number of options for Henry, including writing Daly’s injury into the show and shooting around it. (Does Henry have a nice, big desk he can hide two broken legs behind?)

Variety reports that Daly will continue to appear in every episode this season, and that it’s possible the show is far enough along in shooting that it won’t have to adjust much to accommodate Daly’s injury. This Sunday’s episode is the 13th of a 23-episode order.

Madam Secretary fans, weigh in: Could Daly’s injury affect what plans the show had for Henry?

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21 Comments
  1. Van says:

    Less henry the better. The character is a pompous ass.

    • Hazel says:

      And you should try to be a little less douche

      • Temperance says:

        He pretty much is a pompous ass.

        • IDK says:

          Yeah, how dare he be highly intelligent, well educated and successful. Would you be happier if he was Homer Simpson? Idiot.

          • BM says:

            Not treating him like a male “Mary Sue” would do it for me. He was a fantastic character in S1. He got a Little annoying after the dirty bomb, then it got better again towards the end. But fact is, it was great to have a male character who was a professor while his wife worked in high-level politics. He did not need to morph into a “I’m just as important to national security and I know everything while I do it” kind of character.

  2. popeye013 says:

    We that was silly wasn’t it….
    Pretty sure actors have clauses in contracts preventing them doing this kind of stuff during production to avoid incidents where it causes chaos for shooting and mass-re writes!

    Get well soon though dude!!

    • BM says:

      I was wondering the same thing. You’d think there’d be a clause about not doing things like skiing in there.
      Anyway, I think it could be nice to write it in. Maybe they can also “bench” him and have him go back to S1 Henry, the one who teaches and writes books and takes care of the kids.
      Hope he has a quick recovery

    • Temperance says:

      I said the same thing. I’m guessing that there is a penalty for violating the terms of the contract….

      • BM says:

        If he has the clause in his contract, certainly. But maybe he was able to negotiate it out. After all, what are the odds, really? Breaking both legs – that must have been one hell of a crash.

    • Billy Bob Johnson says:

      I think skiing is exempted from the “Don’t Do This” list. I’m guessing things like bungee jumping and rock climbing are on the list.

  3. cogrady53 says:

    Oh dear! Get well soon Tim!

  4. Jason says:

    I want him to roll around in a wheel chair for a while, like Ironsides. He could bump into everything and we can all laugh along at his misfortune. He gets to make out with Tea Leoni on a regular basis so I won’t feel to bad for him.

  5. danoregon says:

    Did he make a wish?

  6. John Corbae says:

    Geezus, breaking both legs?? Write a retcon and give him a bit of time to heal.

    • BM says:

      I think that if women can return to set after missing only an episode or two after having a baby, he can do the same and sit at a desk or in a wheelchair on the couch and say a few lines.

  7. annieo53 says:

    OW, poor guy! I’ll take uh viewing Henry any way I can get him, wheelchair, behind a desk, in a hospital bed. LOVE Tim Daly!

  8. Mommaknowsbest77 says:

    Best wishes and hope he heals quickly!!

  9. Chuck says:

    If Lucille Ball could film her show Here’s Lucy from a hospital bed after her skiing accident, Tim Daly can do it too!

  10. Sammy says:

    Some people have a he’d time separating the character from the actor… you may not like the character but hat has nothing to do with the actor…
    Even if there is a clause in the contract, what’s done is done, there can be no worse punishment than breaking both legs. As a physical therapist I know that his co very is going to be hectic and painful buthe is in pretty good shape so he probably would recover.
    Madam Secretary is doing well story wise, the son just needs to grow up a bit.

  11. Billy Bob Johnson says:

    New story line. “Shot…Paralyzed…Will he ever walk again…Season-ending cliffhanger!!!”