Ready to get political? CBS executives sure hope you are, as they have today opted to order a White House set drama pilot from Morgan Freeman's production company Revelations Entertainment.
'Madame Secretary' follows the personal and professional lives of a no-nonsense female Secretary of State, as she attempts the difficult task of balancing the pressures of international diplomacy and Washington backstabbing with the everyday pressures of raising a family. The script was written by 'Joan of Arcadia' creator Barbara Hall, who will also serve as an executive producer should the pilot be picked up to series.
This marks the first drama pilot order of the year for CBS, which stands in stark contrast to competing networks like ABC, NBC, and FOX, which are snapping up new dramas like candy. I guess when you're the most watched network on TV, you can afford to be choosier on what you take a chance on.
Hopefully this experiment goes better than ABC's 2005 Geena Davis vehicle 'Commander in Chief,' which revolved around the hypothetical first term of the USA's first female President. The series earned tons of critical praise, but never made a dent in the ratings, and was quietly canceled after one season of 18 episodes.
Sadly, there are no current plans to have producer Freeman appear on the show itself. We already know he can play a convincing POTUS. Stay tuned to TVRage for future updates on the development of 'Madame Secretary.'