Just when NBC and CNN are getting knocked around by the Republican National Committee over their planned Hillary Clinton projects (a miniseries and documentary, respectively), along comes word that CBS is mulling a new drama series about a female secretary of state.
The proposed new show — reported here on Deadline.com — is from producer Barbara Hall, who made “Joan of Arcadia” for CBS, and movie actor Morgan Freeman.
The show would be called “Madame Secretary,” the story says, and it would be about “the personal and professional life of a maverick female Secretary of State as she drives international diplomacy, wrangles office politics and balances a complex family life.”
There was no word on when the show would actually be produced and then air, or if it would be produced at all. But it’s making news because of the wrangling under way between the GOP and NBC and CNN over their miniseries and documentary about Hillary Clinton — projects that have drawn accusations of pro-Clinton biases from the RNC.
While the timing of this new CBS drama might not be optimal under the circumstances, it’s also worth noting that there have been three female secretaries of state — Madeleine Albright, Condoleeza Rice and then Mrs. Clinton. Which is to say: It’s not necessarily the case that “Madame Secretary” would be a thinly veiled biography of Hillary but more of a composite of all of them.