THE ‘WHITE HOUSE’ IN A NEW PERSPECTIVE
By Bliss Ndapasowa
CBS studios gives us yet another chance to explore the White House and its inter-office politics this summer following the premier of Scandal season four last month.
‘Madam Secretary’, created by Barbara Hall and produced by Morgan Freeman is a brand new American political drama currently showing on CBS Network.
The series follows the professional and personal life of Elizabeth McCord (Tea Leoni-Jurassic Park 3) former CIA analyst turned college professor, married with two teenage kids, who is called by the president of the United States to serve as Secretary of State to replace her predecessor who died in a plane crash.
Leoni could not have been a better candidate for the lead role as she portrays strength and wittiness as McCord, whom the president (Keith Carradine) praises as an out of the box thinker.
Madam Secretary, in as much as it is similar to Scandal, provides a new perspective on white house politics as the lead role is married, hence the audience never gets caught up in a place where political drama becomes centered on the character’s tumultous love life.
The show has a rather impressive start as the producers utilise its initial 44 minutes on screen to captivate viewers by exposing them to possible conspiracies and untamed drama.
Two months down the line as the Secretary of State, McCord faces an issue of american children held hostage in Syria, while the Chief of Staff plots against her.
The plot thickens as McCord is warned by one of her former CIA agents that her predecessor may have been murdered, who is later found dead in a car crash. Is the new Secretary of State’s life in danger?
The show can be applauded as a fresh scene for political drama but also proves that female faces in power remain an absolute crowd puller.
The character for McCord’s husband could have therefore been awarded to a subtle personality as Tim Daly ( The Sopranos), appears to be underutilised.
Nevertheless, the audience does not have to wait for Olivia Pope once a year to get a taste of American politics as Madam Secretary will satisfy their curiosity just as much.