Hillary Clinton hasn’t made her run for President in 2016 official, but some think CBS may be helping her campaign with its new drama “Madam Secretary,” which debuted Sunday between “60 Minutes” and “The Good Wife.”
Culture and Media Institute’s Katie Yoder says the series, starring Tea Leoni, appears to be nothing short of “pro-Hillary propaganda.” She says, “The connections in the show between Elizabeth and Hillary are clear, from the blond hair to the pantsuits,”
Leoni plays a former CIA analyst turned stay-at-home mom who is thrust into the position of Secretary of State. The premiere episode dealt with young American hostages held in Syria, in which she courageously handles the crisis.
Yoder isn’t convinced that “Madam Secretary” will work in Clinton’s favor should she run.
“Madam Secretary” was brought to life by actor/producer Morgan Freeman and executive producer Lori McCreary, who told the L.A. Times that the idea for the show came when she saw Clinton “raise her fist” while testifying before Congress with regards to the 2012 Benghazi attacks.
Next week’s episode is reportedly titled “Another Benghazi,” while the third week delves into an Edward Snowden-like hacker causing chaos within the State Department.
The L.A Times wrote that Leoni’s McCord is “no Hillary knock-off,” and that she was not a “career politician” but one with a functional and relatable home life.
Ronn Torossian, CEO of New York-based publicity firm 5WPR noted that it isn’t at all surprising that a major network has cast a powerful woman as the lead for its new fall TV series. “It is simple business and smart on CBS’ behalf. Media chatter will increase in coming months about a possible leading woman politician, so surely it makes sense to give ‘Madam Secretary’ a prestigious spot on the network,” he said.
According to the Denver Post, creator-producers Barbara Hall and Lori McCreary deny the Hillary Clinton inspiration: “We believe this show and its characters have been written to tell the story of an apolitical woman at the pinnacle of the diplomatic world. She thinks outside of the box and party lines…”