CBS has found its 'Madam Secretary.' The network has cast Tea Leoni as the lead in its new political drama pilot.
The raspy-voiced Leoni will star as the eponymous 'Madam Secretary' from writer Barbara Hall ('Homeland,' 'Judging Amy'). The drama centers on the personal and professional life of a Hilary Clinton-esque secretary of state, Elizabeth Faulkner McGill: a former teacher, who attempts to balance her political career with her personal life. The character is described as "striking" and "passionate in everything she does."
In addition to Hall serving as executive producer, the series is being co-produced by Morgan Freeman, Leoni's former co-star in the film, 'Deep Impact'.
The pilot marks Leoni's return to television in over fifteen years. The actress received her big break in the business with roles on FOX's shortlived sitcom 'Flying Blind' in 1992 and ABC's 'The Naked Truth,' in 1995 which jumped over to NBC in 1998. Since then, her big-screen credits include 'Tower Heist,' 'Spanglish,' and 'Bad Boys'.
With this casting coup, along with the strong writing and producing team behind it, 'Madam Secretary' is shaping up to be the network's next 'The Good Wife,' which isn't a bad thing at all.