September 20, 2014 at 2:42 pm #333777
Tomorrow, September 21, is the premiere of the new CBS drama series Madam Secretary, starring Téa Leoni as the Secretary of State.
Summary: Newly-appointed Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord is immediately faced with a maelstrom of complex political issues and an international hostage situation.
Anyone else planning on watching? I’ll definitely give it a few episodes because I think it has a terrific cast, and should pair well with The Good Wife.
Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.September 20, 2014 at 4:28 pm #333779
I’m excited for this. I hope BeBe Neuwirth has a Christine Baranski Good Wife type role that could score her another Emmy nomination since Gunn is out and some of the other ladies are depended on their seasons like Heady and FroggattSeptember 20, 2014 at 5:16 pm #333780
I hope this works for Leoni. I’ve always liked her even though we don’t get to see her much in films and tv….or at all. A drama isn’t exactly where I would have liked to see her next, but I’ll take it.September 20, 2014 at 5:44 pm #333781
Morgan Freeman is a producer if you all didn’t know. He’s been making the rounds on talk shows all weekSeptember 20, 2014 at 10:37 pm #333782
If a review isn’t outright negative its totally condescending! I’ve seen B and 3 star reviews that are really negative. Dumb Good Wife or dumb Homeland. I don’t think the negative reviews would kill any emmy chances but can this show make it past 13 episodes? Or to 13 episodes? It seems like it will flop.September 20, 2014 at 11:21 pm #333783
This looks awful. I don’t even want to give the pilot a chance. Maybe I’ll check back and let some of your reactions be my guide.September 21, 2014 at 2:48 pm #333784
Episode Title: “Pilot”
Synopsis: Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord faces an abundance of political challenges, most importantly an international hostage situation; the McCord children struggle to adjust to their new schools.
Discuss.September 21, 2014 at 3:39 pm #333785
Whose bright idea was it to have it premiere on one of CBS’s NFL doubleheader days? Fox gets away with this because it pads its postgame show until 8 PM, but CBS still thinks that games usually end by 7:30. Yes, there are various ways to be informed as to when the show will actually start (for example, CBS has a Twitter feed for just this reason), but how many people actually use it?September 21, 2014 at 3:47 pm #333786
CBS is starting it at 8:30pm eastern instead of 8pm, so that may help. Plus, it looks like they are re-airing it after The Good Wife tonight.
I’m actually looking forward to this. I have a soft spot for Tea Leoni. I loved her in The Naked Truth. She came on the scene with a lot of promise and has never found that just right vehicle. Comparing her to another mid-90s comedy blonde, she’s like Jenna Elfman, but with talent.September 21, 2014 at 5:09 pm #333787
Start time is now 9:04PM EST.September 21, 2014 at 6:13 pm #333788
Whose bright idea was it to have it premiere on one of CBS’s NFL doubleheader days? Fox gets away with this because it pads its postgame show until 8 PM, but CBS still thinks that games usually end by 7:30. Yes, there are various ways to be informed as to when the show will actually start (for example, CBS has a Twitter feed for just this reason), but how many people actually use it?
This is the same problem they had all of last year and the year before. They never scedule enough time inbetween football and 60 Minutes to give in a real overtime leway space like FOX does. This is one of many reasons why I hate football on network TV. You have 100 other channels dedicated to sportsSeptember 21, 2014 at 7:59 pm #333789
It was a servicable pilot, but it lacked the bite that I was hoping for to maintain long-term interest. Tea Leoni isn’t a compelling lead or a good actress, so the whole time I was hoping for some level of gravitas and spark with this lead “outside the box” female role that just wasn’t there. Barbara Hall’s writing is hit and miss and fairly toothless. I’m more interested in some of the supporting cast, like Zeljko Ivanek (always doing roles like these in show after show), Keith Carradine (hope this gives him more to do than in “Fargo,” though I know he isn’t the show’s focus, and he’s no Martin Sheen), Bebe Neuwirth (underutilized here), Tim Daly (thankless husband), and Tony winner Patina Miller (surprisingly awkward at first glance). I was also hoping we’d see more of William Sadler, but his character’s demise was so telegraphed that it was ridiculous. There might be room for improvement in the future or more of the usual case of the week sameness. It’s no match for “The Good Wife”‘s polish and depth.
Grade for “Pilot”: CSeptember 21, 2014 at 8:13 pm #333790
Didn’t really get into it that much. Leoni was ok but not greatSeptember 21, 2014 at 8:16 pm #333791
I liked it more than you did Atypical. Is Leoni on par with Margulies? No, but she has other strengths. She has an ease and confidence in herself which serves her well here. I like that she’s willing to be a little bull-headed and unapologetic and they did it without making her seem like a shrew.
They do have to find the tone they want, and I think they can. The supporting cast was very underused. So much that it makes it seem like they were all late additions to the cast and added a few scenes to the pilot for continuity. You don’t hire Bebe and give her nothing to do. I like that Leoni’s character won’t dance around Ivanek’s Chief of Staff and pretty much threatened him back.
It was a solid B for me because the structure is there, they just have to build on it.