Téa Leoni Nabs Lead Role In CBS’ ‘Madam Secretary’

By: Zach Walton - May 14, 2014

Téa Leoni last graced us with her presence on film in 2011’s Tower Heist. After a bit of a hiatus, she’ll be back on television later this year courtesy of CBS.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Leoni has nabbed the lead role in CBS’ upcoming Madam Secretary. The series will have Leoni portraying a college professor who suddenly becomes the Secretary of State following her predecessor’s death. The series will be written and produced by Barbara Hall – the creator of Joan of Arcadia. It will be directed by David Semel – a man credited with directing episodes of famous series like 7th Heaven and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

So, what can we expect from Madam Secretary? CBS isn’t saying much at the moment, but they say it’s like a mix of The Good Wife and 60 Minutes. In short, expect a hardcore political drama with fleeting moments of lightheartedness.

Alongside the announcement, CBS also shared the first trailer for the series that seemingly spoils the first story arc:

Alongside Madam Secretary, CBS announced a whole slew of new shows hitting the network this year.

First up is Halle Berry’s Extant airing this Summer:

In the Fall, the network is airing another drama called Scorpion:

If dramas aren’t your thing, CBS will have a new comedy with The McCarthys as well:

The new shows will join series that CBS has renewed for another year, like The Big Bang Theory and The Mentalist.

Image via CBS/YouTube

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  • Jeff Becker

    Such a likeable actress. Whatever she does, I watch.

  • Pat Wheeler Palm Springs Ca

    Would walk shoeless thru shards of broken glass for one dance(and more) with Elizabeth ‘Tea’ Pantaleoni

    • Gooberhead

      She’s the reason I joined the Tea Party!

  • Robert S.

    Reviewed the five minute clip of Madam Secretary – I love it! Great cast whom all compliment each other – from the President down to the SECSTATE’s staff members. Members from great shows like Fraizer; House of Cards, et al. CBS has a winner in this one.

    • Gooberhead

      Thank the Lord you’re not a network executive in charge of programming! Or are you? Your judgement sounds remarkably similar.

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    • Tron

      In order to be accurate, the show needs to have her quit half-way through her term and run away from big issues like Benghazi and Russia.

      • Gooberhead

        And look the other way while her husband philanders with young interns, then defend him.

  • Gooberhead

    Doomed to fail.

  • Cory Ticknor

    What a crock. cbs trying to influence the 2016 elections. They should have hired some fugly old hag to play the part.