Screen Savors: Statecraft, virgins and hip hop

There is a lot to like about the new series that have started in 2015. Madam Secretary, about a female secretary of state in the US, is fun to watch, but isn’t a great series. It’s a kind of combination of The West Wing, Homeland and a less comic version of Veep. Téa Leoni, with her gorgeous WASP princess looks, is supposed to be Elizabeth McCord, a former CIA operative and honest academic whom the president, played by Keith Carradine, knows he can trust. She isn’t given as much access to the president as she would like and spends a lot of time sparring with his scheming chief of staff, played by Zeljko Ivanek.


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