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October 19, 2014

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headlines format can make it tricky to wrap anything up neat- ly on a weekly basis. Never see- ing a crisis resolved can be a bit of a bummer when you're invested in a series and its char- acters, though, so the home front, as well as the in-between world of office politics, allows for problems to arise and see a resolution in the time frame of the series, or even an episode. A further step in making McCord relatable — formida- ble though she may be — is that "she can't be a lifetime politician," Hall said. "I want- ed to bring her in from a real- world situation." When the series opens, McCord is a college professor and former CIA analyst. She break into the world of scripted television, and Tassler charged them with coming up with a character — ideally a woman — with a compelling story. The light bulb came on a short time later during the Benghazi hearings. Discussions arose as to how such sensitive situations would be handled in the White House and abroad, and the material started coming in fast and heavy. "What really happens in those American embassies overseas?" McCreary said to "The Hollywood Times." "What's life like for the secre- tary of state ... and how do you even plan a single moment of your life, a baseball game, when at any minute you could be dealing with rocket attacks in Israel, a military coup in Pakistan and a border crisis with Mexico? Sometimes that's all before lunch." The inspiration for the char- acter of Elizabeth McCord her- self came, according to McCreary, when then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified before Congress regarding the 2012 attack in Benghazi. "It was, honestly, the moment when she raised her fist," the producer told the "L.A. Times." McCord's home life also pro- vides a venue for conflict reso- lution. With so many global con- flicts spanning years or even decades, the ripped-from-the- newly appointed U.S. secretary of state, as she juggles her chal- lenging job at the White House and her home life. A new epi- sode of the freshman series airs Sunday, Oct. 19, on CBS. The premise for "Madam Secretary" was born after a meeting with two of its execu- tive producers, Lori McCreary and acclaimed actor Morgan Freeman ("The Shawshank Redemption," 1994), and CBS chairman Nina Tassler. McCreary and Freeman were looking to first starring television role in 16 years in "Madam Secretary," CBS's new political drama that premiered last month. Leoni plays Elizabeth McCord, the By Jacqueline Spendlove TV Media A licia Florrick, Olivia Pope, Carrie Mathison — prime time has become a popular place for strong female characters. Téa Leoni ("Deep Impact," 1998) joins the ranks with her Wishbone Restaurant 2 x 6.5" TV October 19 - 25, 2014 TIFTAREA TIFTAREA Téa Leoni stars in "Madam Secretary" SUNDAY DAYTIME OCTOBER 19, 2014 10 AM 10:30 11 AM 11:30 12 PM 12:30 1 PM 1:30 2 PM 2:30 3 PM 3:30 4 PM 4:30 5 PM 5:30 6 PM 6:30

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