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Secretary" review by Suzanne
Airs Sundays 8/7c on CBS
This show is good at subterfuge. At first you might think
it's a by-the-book political drama loosely based on Hilary
Clinton. Obviously, the character of Elizabeth looks
very similar to Hilary (she's much prettier than Hilary, of
course, and younger), and she's a female Secretary of State
that was formerly working with the president.
However, Leoni's Elizabeth is a former CIA agent, which
gives her a bit of an edge. Also, she's married to a loyal
professor (Tim Daly) and has two children. The standard
politics story might remind you of "West Wing" or "Scandal",
but there are layers to it and a bit of intrigue that
carries from episode-to-episode. Elizabeth finds out that
her predecessor may have been murdered, and the guy who
tells her about that is then found dead. Danger, Will
The president is played by Keith Carradine, one of many
fine well-seasoned actors I like in the show. The Chief of
Staff, who is Elizabeth's professional nemesis, is the
fabulous actor Željko Ivanek, who has played the bad guy in
many shows (but he also can play a very likable guy, too).
In the pilot, it's tempting to say it's a very mediocre show
where everyone is as they seem, but towards the end, things
pick up. I think this is one of those shows that will get
more interesting over time. Most of the characters very
likable, which is good.
Some might try to compare it to the show "The Good Wife"
that follows it, but they're very different shows. "The Good
Wife" grabs you by the throat (or other body part) and
doesn't let go. This one is more of a slow-burning type of
show. Like a fuse. I look forward to seeing more!
If you do watch or record this or "The Good Wife", make
sure you also record the show or two after that because
football tends to push the shows back on Sundays, especially
if you live on the East coast.
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