Madam Secretary (TV series)
|Created by||Barbara Hall|
|Opening theme||Theme to Madam Secretary|
|Ending theme||Theme to Madam Secretary|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||110 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||42–46 minutes|
|Distributor||CBS Television Distribution|
|Original release||September 21, 2014 –|
Madam Secretary is an American political drama television series created by Barbara Hall. It stars Téa Leoni as Elizabeth McCord, a former CIA analyst and political science professor turned Secretary of State. Madam Secretary premiered on September 21, 2014, on CBS.
Madam Secretary was renewed for a sixth season in May 2019. It was later announced that same month that the sixth season would be the final season of the series and would consist of ten episodes. It is set to premiere on October 6, 2019.
Madam Secretary explores Secretary Elizabeth McCord's life as the determined United States Secretary of State. McCord drives international diplomacy, battles office politics, and circumvents protocol if needed as she negotiates worldwide issues. The show also focuses on the personal lives of the characters.
Cast and characters
- Téa Leoni as Elizabeth "Bess" Adams McCord, the United States Secretary of State. She spent twenty years as a CIA analyst before becoming a professor of political science at the University of Virginia. She was appointed by her old boss, Conrad Dalton, who is now the President of the United States, to replace Secretary of State Vincent Marsh, who died in a plane crash.
- Tim Daly as Henry McCord, Elizabeth's husband of 25 years. A theology professor and a former Marine captain/aviator during Operation Desert Storm, his unique blend of skills are sought by the National Security Agency, which engages him as an operative in combating religious extremism. At the end of season 3, Henry is named the head of the CIA Special Activities Division.
- Bebe Neuwirth as Nadine Tolliver (seasons 1–4), Elizabeth's chief of staff who had a six-year affair with the deceased Secretary of State, Vincent Marsh, beginning when he was a senator. Originally suspicious and resentful of the new Secretary of State, Nadine soon learns to trust Elizabeth, and the two cultivate a strong working relationship. In season 1, Nadine slowly begins to date again, romancing NASA Administrator Glenn, and later falls into a relationship with the recurring political consultant Mike Barnow. In season 4, Nadine leaves the State Department to spend more time with her family.
- Željko Ivanek as Russell Jackson, White House chief of staff. His primary objective of keeping the President politically secure at home and abroad sets him up for occasional confrontations with Secretary McCord's unorthodox diplomatic maneuvering.
- Erich Bergen as Blake Moran, Elizabeth's personal assistant, and the only member of her staff that she hired rather than inherited. After college, he began a career in finance on Wall Street, but hated it. In season 5, Elizabeth made good on her promise to fire him, only to rehire him as her new assistant policy advisor.
- Patina Miller as Daisy Grant, Elizabeth's press coordinator. Daisy dates Matt during season 1 but goes on to date other men following their breakup. In season 3 she dates "Kevin" from Budget and Planning, who turns out to be an undercover operative for the CIA investigating the State Department. He is killed in a weapons-trafficking conspiracy, and Daisy subsequently finds herself pregnant with his child. In the fourth season, Daisy gives birth to a daughter Joanna Grant.
- Geoffrey Arend as Matt Mahoney, Elizabeth's speechwriter. Matt and Daisy dated during season 1, but ended their relationship.
- Wallis Currie-Wood as Stephanie "Stevie" McCord, Elizabeth and Henry's older daughter. Stevie attended Lovell University and later Georgetown University and applied to Harvard Law school. Stevie serves as an intern to Russell Jackson and was, for a time, engaged to Jareth Glover. She has an affair with Dmitri Petrov (then undercover) in season 4 that puts her in peril.
- Kathrine Herzer as Alison McCord, Elizabeth and Henry's younger daughter.
- Evan Roe as Jason McCord, Elizabeth and Henry's teenage son, a self-proclaimed anarchist. Jason is critical of political systems in general, but in season 1 he is expelled from his school for punching a student who insulted Elizabeth. He eventually dates Piper Boroumand.
- Keith Carradine as Conrad Dalton (seasons 2–present; recurring season 1), the President of the United States. Conrad served in the United States Marine Corps as a second lieutenant during the Vietnam War and was the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency during Elizabeth's time at the CIA. In the third season, Dalton secures reelection as an independent after failing to secure his party's nomination, partly due to a controversial change in policy championed by Elizabeth. He offers Elizabeth the role of Vice President during his campaign, but eventually names someone else in order to further his campaign. Elizabeth remains the Secretary of State.
- Sebastian Arcelus as Jay Whitman, Elizabeth's current chief of staff and previous senior policy advisor (seasons 3–present; recurring seasons 1–2). In season 3, it is revealed that Jay's busy schedule working for the Secretary has strained his marriage. He is currently separated from his wife Abby, who maintains custody of their daughter Chloe. Jay is promoted to chief of staff in season 4.
- Sara Ramirez as Kat Sandoval, Elizabeth's policy advisor and a former chief of staff to the UN Ambassador (seasons 4–present)
- Johanna Day as Ellen Hill, a retired admiral and the National Security Advisor. She was the first female Chairwoman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff prior to being appointed National Security Advisor.
- Tony Plana as Ed Parker, an admiral and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
- Francis Jue as Ming Chen, China's Foreign Minister and Elizabeth's Chinese counterpart
- Mandy Gonzalez as Lucy Knox, President Dalton's aide
- Mike Pniewski as Gordon Becker, the United States Secretary of Defense
- Kevin Rahm as Michael "Mike B." Barnow, a political official who is said to drift between the United States Cabinet departments. It is mentioned that he is a Rhodes Scholar, who turned his brilliant legal career into a promising political career that was cut short by a scandalous divorce six years prior to his first appearance before settling into his current job. He is often seen assisting Secretary McCord. He is also often seen with his dog.
- Jason Ralph as Harrison Dalton (seasons 1–2), son of President Dalton and long-time friend of Stevie McCord. In season 1, it is revealed Harrison has a drug addiction and is color blind. In season 4 it is revealed that he is back in rehab.
- Cotter Smith as Darren Hahn (seasons 1–2), President Dalton's first known National Security Advisor
- Patrick Breen as Andrew Munsey (season 1), the Director of the CIA and a protégé of President Dalton
- Nilaja Sun as Juliet Humphrey (season 1; guest season 3), a former CIA analyst, friend and colleague of Elizabeth and Isabelle
- Usman Ally as Zahed Javani (season 1), Iran's Foreign Minister and Elizabeth's Iranian counterpart
- Dion Graham as Fred Cole (season 1), the Bureau of Diplomatic Security Head Agent who served as Elizabeth's principal bodyguard
- Josh Hamilton as Arthur Gilroy (season 1), Stevie's 39-year-old microloan employer and ex-boyfriend
- Anna Deavere Smith as Mary Campbell (season 1), the United States Attorney General
- Marin Hinkle as Isabelle Barnes (season 1), a CIA analyst and Elizabeth's close friend, who assists the McCords with the investigation of the death of Secretary of State Vincent Marsh
- Yorgo Constantine as Anton Gorev (seasons 1–2), Russia's Foreign Minister and a friend of both Secretary and Dr. McCord
- Clifton Davis as Ephraim Ware (seasons 2–present), Director of National Intelligence
- Julian Acosta as Craig Sterling (season 2), a former US Department of Defense official who becomes National Security Advisor in season 2, much to Elizabeth and Russell's dismay, and a rival of Elizabeth's
- Alex Fernandez as Mark Delgado (season 2), the Vice President of the United States
- Angela Gots as Maria Ostrova (season 2), the President of Russia and widow of late Russian President Pavel Ostrov
- Leslie Hendrix as Louise Cronenberg (season 2), the United States Attorney General
- Jill Hennessy as Jane Fellows (season 2), Henry's DIA superior, and a member of Murphy Station; the first Ishbal Jahed task force
- Kobi Libii as Oliver Shaw (season 2; guest season 3), the Cybersecurity Coordinator. Shaw looked into the attack against Air Force One and is the love interest of Daisy Grant in the second season.
- Chris Petrovski as Dmitri Petrov (seasons 2, 4; guest season 3), a 24-year-old Russian Army captain who studied at the National War College. He was recruited by Professor Henry McCord (on behalf of the DIA) to become an American spy in exchange for getting his sick sister medical care in Stockholm, Sweden. Dmitri is captured by the Russians and eventually exchanged to the Americans for another traitor to the state. Following his capture Dmitri feels abandoned by Henry and is very angry and bitter toward him. He is placed into a witness protection program under the name Alexander (Alex) Mehranov. In season 4, he gets recruited by the CIA as an analyst.
- Masha King as Talia Petrov, Dmitri's sister who was placed into witness protection with her brother and is now his roommate
- Carlos Gómez as Jose Campos (seasons 2–3), an Ishbal Jahed task force member
- J. C. MacKenzie as Sam Evans (season 3), the governor of Pennsylvania and the presidential nominee for Dalton's party. Evans is particularly vindictive during the campaign and, following Dalton's victory through a vote in the House of Representatives, threatens to have the vote overturned due to little-known law he claims Elizabeth broke. However, he is manipulated into accepting the terms of the vote after Russel Jackson threatens to expose him for having a gene that makes him likely to develop early-onset Alzheimer's.
- René Auberjonois as Walter Novack (seasons 2–present), a State Department analyst with the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation
- Christopher O'Shea as Jareth Glover, Stevie's fiance from England. He gave up a fellowship at Oxford to return to America to be with Stevie after she had trouble adjusting to life in England. His family is a member of the upper class and even nobility in England. Stevie and Jareth broke up in season 4.
- Justine Lupe as Ronnie Baker (seasons 3–present), a United States Army captain seconded from United States Cyber Command who assists Elizabeth on several occasions
- Eric Stoltz as Will Adams, Secretary Elizabeth McCord's younger brother and a member of Doctors Without Borders
- Jordan Lage as Kohl, a United States Army general
- Sam Breslin Wright as Dylan Larson, an ex–Army Ranger who has been working for the CIA for seven years as of the start of season 4
- Christine Garver as Molly Reid, a career CIA agent, starting her career as a field agent in Chechnya. She is pregnant and due in a couple months from the start of season 4.
Dalton Cabinet and principal advisors
|The Dalton Cabinet|
|President||Conrad Dalton (Keith Carradine)||2013–present|
|Vice President||Mark Delgado (Alex Fernandez)||2013–2017|
|Teresa Hurst (Jan Maxwell/Jayne Atkinson)||2017–present|
|Secretary of State||Vincent Marsh (Brian Stokes Mitchell)||2013–2014|
|Elizabeth McCord (Téa Leoni)||2014–2019|
|Susan Thompson (acting) (Tonya Pinkins)||2019–present|
|Secretary of Treasury||Max Quinn (Michael Cumpsty)||2013–2014|
|Secretary of Defense||Gordon Becker (Mike Pniewski)||2013–present|
|Attorney General||Mary Campbell (Anna Deavere Smith)||2013–2015|
|Louise Cronenberg (Leslie Hendrix)||2015–2016|
|Unknown (shown in "French Revolution")||2016–2017|
|Hank Nolan (John Bolton)||2017–present|
|Chief of Staff||Russell Jackson (Željko Ivanek)||2013–present|
|National Security Advisor||Darren Kahn (Cotter Smith)||2013–2015|
|Craig Sterling (Julian Acosta)||2015–2015|
|ADM (Ret.) Ellen Hill (Johanna Day)||2016–present|
|Chairman of the|
Joint Chiefs of Staff
|ADM Ellen Hill, USN (Johanna Day)||2013–2015|
|GEN Kelsey Reeves, US Army (Ralph Byers)||2015–present|
|Director of National Intelligence||Ephraim Ware (Clifton Davis)||2013–present|
|Director of the|
Central Intelligence Agency
|Andrew Munsey (Patrick Breen)||2013–2015|
|Sean Williams (Larry Pine)||2015–2015|
|Dennis Ellerman (John Doman)||2015–2016|
|Hugh Haymond (Michael Gaston)||2016–present|
|Director of the|
Federal Bureau of Investigation
|Neil Hendricks (Wayne Duvall)||2013–2016|
|Keith Doherty (Michael Boatman)||2016–present|
|Chief Justice of the United States||Frawley (Morgan Freeman)||2013–present|
|Deputy Secretary of State||Steven Cushing (William Allen Young)||2013–present|
|Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs||Susan Thompson (Tonya Pinkins)||2014–2019|
|United States Ambassador to Yemen||Paul Wellington (Tim Guinee)||2013–present|
|United States Ambassador to Myanmar||Arlen Maxwell (David Rasche)||2013–2014|
|United States Ambassador to Algeria||Roy Curtis (Dakin Matthews)||2013–2016|
|Deputy Director of the FBI||Marguerite Sanchez (Roslyn Ruff)||2013–present|
|Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration||Glenn (John Pankow)||2013–present|
|Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board||Humphrey Nelson (Alfredo Narciso)||2013–present|
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||22||September 21, 2014||May 3, 2015|
|2||23||October 4, 2015||May 8, 2016|
|3||23||October 2, 2016||May 21, 2017|
|4||22||October 8, 2017||May 20, 2018|
|5||20||October 7, 2018||April 21, 2019|
In August 2013, it was announced Madam Secretary was in development at CBS, co-written by Barbara Hall. Madam Secretary is about "the personal and professional life of a maverick female secretary of state, as she drives international diplomacy, wrangles office politics and balances a complex family life."
The pilot was directed by David Semel. On May 9, 2014, Madam Secretary received a series order at CBS. A preview trailer was released on May 14, 2014. Madam Secretary premiered on CBS on September 21, 2014, and on October 27, 2014, CBS picked up the series for a full season of 22 episodes. Madam Secretary was renewed for a sixth season on May 9, 2019. On May 15, 2019, it was announced the sixth season would be the series' final season and would comprise 10 episodes. It is set to premiere on October 6, 2019.
In January 2014, the pilot was cast with Téa Leoni as Elizabeth McCord, Tim Daly as Henry McCord, Geoffrey Arend as Matt Mahoney, Patina Miller as press coordinator Daisy Grant, Bebe Neuwirth as Elizabeth's chief of staff Nadine Tolliver, Erich Bergen as Blake Moran, Evan Roe as Elizabeth's son, Jason McCord, Katherine Herzer as Elizabeth and Henry's daughter Alison McCord. Željko Ivanek as Russell Jackson, and Wallis Currie-Wood as Elizabeth and Henry's older daughter Stephanie "Stevie" McCord.
Bebe Neuwirth left the cast after the third episode of the fourth season. Sara Ramirez joined the cast as Kat Sandoval as a series regular. Hall said, "She brings a fresh perspective and a fun, energetic quality to the State Department staff."
By September 2017, the first three seasons of Madam Secretary were available on Netflix, with the fourth planned to be added in mid-2018 once it had finished airing on CBS. In Finland, Madam Secretary premiered on MTV3 on January 1, 2015. The series has been popular in Finland: 9% of Finnish people watched the first episode.
|Season||Timeslot (ET)||Episodes||First aired||Last aired||TV season||Rank||Avg. viewers|
|1||Sunday 8:00 p.m.||22||September 21, 2014||14.75||May 3, 2015||9.67||2014–15||10||14.16|
|2||23||October 4, 2015||11.79||May 8, 2016||9.99||2015–16||14||12.39|
|3||Sunday 9:00 p.m.||23||October 2, 2016||9.20||May 21, 2017||7.44||2016–17||18||10.92|
|4||Sunday 10:00 p.m.||22||October 8, 2017||7.21||May 20, 2018||6.22||2017–18||37||8.84|
|5||20||October 7, 2018||6.13||April 21, 2019||4.79||2018–19||42||8.12|
- Note: During the National Football League season and several weeks through the season, the series airs at 10:30 pm ET/9:30 pm CT to account for game or PGA Tour golf overruns (there are no delays from the Mountain Time Zone westward). Since its move to the last hour of primetime, several new episodes have been delayed a week at the last minute due to games overrunning into the 8:00 pm timeslot to allow local newscasts to start as close to 11:00 pm ET/ 10:00 pm CT as possible; in this case, a repeat of the series airs in the Mountain Time Zone westward instead, with Canada's Global following CBS's scheduling in order to take advantage of simsub opportunities.
Madam Secretary has been met with generally positive reviews from TV critics. On Metacritic, the show has a score of 66 out of 100, based on 31 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". On Rotten Tomatoes, the show holds a Top Critics rating of 72%, and an average audience score of 83%. The site's consensus for the first season reads, "Bolstered by Tea Leoni's strong central performance, Madam Secretary is a solid but unspectacular political drama."
Three women have served as Secretary of State to date: Madeleine Albright from 1997 to 2001 under Bill Clinton, Condoleezza Rice from 2005 to 2009 under George W. Bush, and Hillary Clinton from 2009 to 2013 under Barack Obama. Shortly after the series' debut, Fox News asked if the show served as a campaign ad supporting Hillary Clinton, but quoted the Los Angeles Times saying the lead character was "no Hillary knock-off" and a New York publicist calling the casting of a woman "simple business and smart on CBS' behalf." Conservative activist organization Culture and Media Institute said "The connections in the show between Elizabeth and Hillary are clear, from the blond hair to the pantsuits."
When the trailer of the fifteenth episode of season 3 "Break in Diplomacy" was released showing McCord responding to unwanted sexual advances by fictional Philippine president Datu Andrada by punching Andrada in the face, it became controversial in the Philippines. Viewers thought there were parallels between Andrada and real-life President Rodrigo Duterte, who was known for making inappropriate and sexist remarks. The Philippine Embassy in Washington published a statement protesting the negative depiction of the presidential character on its Facebook page.
The first episode of the fourth season, "News Cycle", led to a protest from East Timor's Minister of State José Ramos-Horta, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate. He said, "It is a slander against a country that only shows ignorance and racism." The TV show used the border dispute between Australia and East Timor in the Timor Sea as background story. (The dispute is transferred in the TV show to the South China Sea, although neither Australia nor East Timor borders it.) East Timor is shown as a country controlled by a Mexican drug cartel and used for drug transfer. US Secretary of State McCord is asking China to take measures to prevent the leader of the drug cartel from making a narco-state out of East Timor.
|2014||TV Guide Award||Favorite New Show||Madam Secretary||Nominated|
|2015||American Cinema Editors Awards 2015||Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial Television||Elena Maganini and Michael D. Ornstein||Nominated|
|41st People's Choice Awards||Favorite Actress in a New TV Series||Téa Leoni||Nominated|
|Favorite New TV Drama||Madam Secretary||Nominated|
|Publicists Guild of America||The Maxwell Weinberg Publicists Showmanship Television Award||CBS Television Studio/Madam Secretary||Nominated|
|2015||Humanitas Prize||60 Minute Network or Syndicated Television||Madam Secretary||Nominated|
|2016||CBS MVP Awards||Best Motivational Speech||Téa Leoni||Nominated|
|2016||Humanitas Prize||60 Minute Network or Syndicated Television||Madam Secretary||Nominated|
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