CBS Developing Female Secretary Of State Drama From Barbara Hall & Morgan Freeman

EXCLUSIVE: While NBC is grappling with controversy triggered by its planned miniseries about Former Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton, CBS is putting in development a drama series about a fictional female Secretary of State. Madame Secretary, from Joan Of Arcadia creator Barbara Hall and Oscar winner Morgan Freeman, explores 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. Hall is writing the project, from CBS TV Studios and Freeman’s Revelations Entertainment. She is executive producing with Revelations’ Freeman, Lori McCreary and Tracy Mercer. Hall is with UTA, Brillstein Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham; Freeman is with CAA. NBC’s mini Hillary, which has led to the network’s exclusion from GOP primary presidential debates, recounts Clinton’s life as a wife, mother, politician and cabinet member from 1998 to the present, including her four-year stint as Secretary of State. The project is still looking for a studio after a deal with Fox TV Studios fell through.

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Comments (27)

  • And this is different from the awful POLITICAL ANIMALS because???

    Comment by Ripley — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 2:21pm PDT  
    • Because she isn’t divorced on this show and she’s not gonna run for president and the show sounds like it will be more about the job.

      Comment by American — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 7:44pm PDT  
  • “Political Animals” called and they’re not happy…

    Comment by Jinjeon — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 2:21pm PDT  
    • Ummm… Greg Berlanti is no Barbara Hall. This will be FANTASTIC.

      Comment by writer88 — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 4:25pm PDT  
      • CBS doesn’t want one hour shows about a woman on their network. The Good Wife is the only show on CBS with a sole female lead. NCIS, Criminal Minds, CSI, The Mentalist, Elementary, Hawaii 5-0, Blue Bloods all have women in tight jeans running around in secondary roles with men driving the plot. Women under 35 that is. Men on CBS can be any age or any race. But they better not be gay — another big Moonves no. I hope Hall is getting paid a lot of money not to have her show picked up. She’s a terrific writer.

        Comment by Paul Stanton — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 8:47pm PDT  
    • Good, then Greg Berlanti can apologize to Barbara Hall for ripping off Joan of Arcadia for Eli Stone.

      Comment by wake up — Sunday September 1, 2013 @ 11:36am PDT  
  • So, basically an American version of Borgen?

    Comment by Sareeta — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 2:29pm PDT  
  • I hear crickets already.

    Comment by The Questioner — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 2:39pm PDT  
  • It needs to be Angela Bassett

    Comment by Tim — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 3:05pm PDT  
    • One could hope!!! With Morgan Freeman attached, not exactly far fetched.

      Comment by Seth — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 4:31pm PDT  
      • Why? Because blacks have each other in speed dial?

        Comment by crystal — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 4:51pm PDT  
  • It sounds like “Commander in Chief”, which I liked until the insipid personal stories torpedoed the whole thing…

    Comment by visotoo — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 3:08pm PDT  
  • The West Wing’s position as the best political network series ever…is still safe.

    Comment by FTCS — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 3:15pm PDT  
  • More leftist crap from Hollywood

    Comment by Funny Reeferman — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 4:11pm PDT  
    • And you’re loving it, big boy!

      Go ahead and tune in. You might just learn how right we really are.

      Comment by They are firing Renee — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 5:25pm PDT  
      • No, we’ll learn how LEFT you all are, and how disgusting to boot!

        Comment by Mr T — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 4:18pm PDT  
    • It could very well be a Republican Secretary of State.

      Comment by fluffo — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 6:20pm PDT  
  • I won’t watch that.

    Comment by L — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 5:21pm PDT  
  • If it’s not run by The Good Wife folks than who cares.

    They are the only ones who have created anything worth noting on CBS besides college sports.

    Comment by Joan of Bark — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 5:24pm PDT  
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