Tea Leoni stars in CBS's upcoming new drama Madam Secretary, playing -- you guessed it -- the newly appointed Secretary of State. CBS's trailer for the series gives us a pretty solid introduction to Leoni's Elizabeth McCord, a former CIA analyst and current college professor whose next career leap comes at the request of the President himself. What's evident from the video is that Elizabeth McCord is up for doing the job, but she's doing it her own way.
Madam Secretary comes from Barbara Hall, with Lori McCreary, Morgan Freeman and David Semel among the executive producers. Semel directed the pilot. Here's a look at the official synopsis:
Looking at the video, not only does Madam Secretary look like it could be another female-led drama to join The Good Wife at the the Eye, but it also looks like a great new opportunity for Leoni. It looks like Elizabeth's professional life is the primary focus here, with major world issues requiring her attention. It'll be interesting to see what kind of pacing this drama has.
Tea Leoni made a name for herself on the big screen, but she's hardly new to television. She got her start on the soap opera Santa Barbara back in 1989 and later appeared in TV series Flying Blind and The Naked Truth. She rose to bigger fame in the late 90s with starring roles in Bad Boys and Deep Impact. We haven't seen much of her in recent years, though she did appear in the recent feature comedy Tower Heist.
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