Why Madam Secretary's Executive Producer Is Excited For Fans To Watch Season 5's Premiere
For any TV show that wholly centers on politics within Washington D.C., it's been mildly rough to craft storylines that can elevate how challenging things have gotten in the real world. But with its Season 5 premiere, CBS' Madam Secretary is more concerned with putting pieces back together again than in drawing out how they got split apart in the first place. Executive producer Lori McCreary spoke with CinemaBlend recently about the drama's episodes, and when I asked what she was most excited for fans to see with Season 5. In her words:
Indeed, Madam Secretary kicks off Season 5 with some of the biggest cameos of the fall season, as the CBS drama will welcome back former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who previously appeared in a Season 2 installment. As well, her successive former Secretaries Colin Powell and Hillary Clinton will be making their Madam Secretary debuts in the episode. And while Lori McCreary would no doubt be enthused by their presence even if they just made momentary appearances in a less-important episode, their inclusion for the episode plays heavily into the themes that the executive producer is so driven by. And it definitely helps the faux-reality of the situation that the trio aren't overly glorified when they arrive.
As it was revealed in the episode's synopsis, the White House will be the target of a frightening and deadly attack. Which means Elizabeth has to do some quick thinking and talking in order to keep her nuclear disarmament deal from dissolving. That's where the former Secretaries come in, and where the storyline can sidestep party lines to appeal to the American spirit in all of us, regardless of our labels and our ideals. And even though the episode might not cause any monumental changes in anyone's minds or opinions overall, it's easy to grasp why Lori McCreary is fired up about viewers finally getting to see it. She also said this:
Having seen the episode, I can vouch for Elizabeth's speech being a genuinely convincing and winning appeal for the country's citizens to put aside strifes and replace them appreciation and love for others. It's one that stands up there in the ranks of President Whitmore's speech in Independence Day, and hopefully won't be the last powerful monologue of the season.
Madam Secretary fans should keep an eye on Sara Ramirez's policy advisor Kat Sandoval, since the actress was recently talking about going back to Grey's Anatomy. Only temporarily, of course, but fake Seattle is along way from fake Washington D.C.
Set your "Presidential quote-a-day" calendars, because Madam Secretary will return to CBS (opens in new tab) for Season 5 on Sunday, October 7, at 10:00 p.m. ET. CBS has lots of other big premieres happening, so be sure to stay current with our fall TV premiere schedule.
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