Madam Secretary (CBS)
Premieres Sun., Sept. 21 at 8 pm
Much like The Good Wife wasn’t not not loosely based on Elliot Spitzer’s family post-affair, Madam Secretary isn’t exactly not not overtly sending Hillary Clinton vibes your way. Tea Leoni plays Elizabeth McCord, a former CIA analyst who is tapped to be the new secretary of state when the sitting one dies mysteriously. It’s easy to imagine, as she balances her family life with, oh, WORLD PEACE, that Leoni’s Secretary McCord might laugh in the face of Messing’s Detective Diamond. The show is less ripped-from-the-headlines than The Good Wife, but executive producer Lori McCreary says that its mere existence is owed to a question that was raised as Clinton was weathering the Benghazi hearings: what is life really like for the secretary of state? Tim Daly co-stars as McCord’s husband, Keith Carradine plays POTUS, and a bonkers supporting cast is on board for extra intrigue, including Bebe Neuwirth, Zjelko Ivanek, and Patina Miller.