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Madam Secretary: Season 2

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 9/10/16

I've always liked this show, even though I don't have too much time to watch it. I always feel like they try to emulate the life of Hillary Clinton, just a little bit.  Obviously, her husband is different. I really like the actors, especially Tea Leoni and Tim Daly. Of course, there are many great actors in the show, such as Bebe Neuwirth, Keith Carradine and eljko Ivanek (that man is in everything!).

The show is for anyone who likes political dramas, such as "Scandal" and "The West Wing," even though it's very different than either of those shows. It's a bit of a political soap opera, but it's got really good writing.   They also have many great guest-stars.

Do you have to be a Liberal or a Democrat to enjoy the show? Well, it probably helps. I'm guessing that the show has caused many right-wing Republicans to gnash their teeth on occasion. That's okay because most shows are more right-wing then left-wing, so it's good to have at least one or two left-wing shows, especially now that "The Good Wife" is off the air. Where art thou, David E. Kelley?

Anyway, it's a very good show, and you should enjoy it if you like political drama, or any kind of drama, really. The DVD has good in-depth features that I really liked. Make sure to check this out! New episodes air Sunday nights on CBS.


Madam Secretary Season Two

Street Date: September 13, 2016

Description: In her life, Elizabeth McCord (Ta Leoni) has led many roles, as a CIA analyst, a professor, a wife, and a mother. Now, she leads America's foreign policy as Secretary of State. The political and personal drama intertwine in 23 globe-spanning episodes, accompanied by  special features, including a special "Times Talks" presentation hosted by The New York Times, a look at the famous guest stars from the series' sophomore season, deleted scenes, and a photo gallery.

The second season continues to unfold as Elizabeth mcCord battles office politics and circumvents protocol as she negotiates global and domestic issues, both at the White House and at home. Her husband, Henry McCord (Tim Daly) goes back to work in the DIA and gets to work alongside Elizabeth.  As tensions mount with Russia and chaos brews in the Middle East, Elizabeth answers directly to President Conrad Dalton (Keith Carradine).  She tries to steer the world back from the brink of war while navigating the complex agenda of Chief of Staff Russell Jackson (eljko Ivanek).  Through it all, she knows she can rely on her brilliant staff, including State Department insider Nadine Tolliver (Bebe Neuwirth), policy advisor Jay Whitman (Sebastian Arcelus), speechwriter Matt Mahoney (Georffrey Arend), press coordinator Daisy Grant (Patrina Miller) and her charming assistant, Blake Moran (Erich Bergen).  Executive Produced by Barbara Hall, Lori McCreary, David Grae, Eric Stoltz and Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman, guest stars include Eric Stoltz, Tony Plana, and legendary television journalist Jane Pauley.

Special Features:

  • Times Talks - On September 29, 2015, The New York Times hosted Ta Leoni, Tim Daly, Morgan Freeman, Lori McCreary, and Barbara Hall for a conversation about Madam Secretary and the world of international diplomacy.
  • Season Two Guest Stars - There are some incredible guest stars featured in the second season of Madam Secretary, including Executive Producer Morgan Freeman and director and producer Eric Stoltz.  The cast and producers speak about the guest stars this season and what it has been like working with them.
  • Politics Unveiled: A Look at the Second Year - The producers and cast speak about the evolution of Elizabeth McCord and the challenges she face dealing with office, personal and world politics throughout the second season.
  • A Tour of the Oval Office - Keith Carradine, AKA "President Conrad Dalton," takes viewers on an inside tour of the newly built White House set. Start in the Oval Office, meet Keith's assistant outside of the office and take a walk down the memorable and grand hallway next to the White House Rose Garden.
  • Deleted Scenes

Runtime: Approximately 16 hours, 35 min.

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