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As Seen On T.V. :: Pilot Watch :: Sunday, September 21, 2014
Madame Secretary

Every new Fall season I try to watch all of the new pilots to see what they are, how they are, and if I am at all interested in adding them to my “to watch” list. Part of this comes from my profession, working in the Media side of advertising makes knowing what’s popular and on-air (and on the charts) important, but a bigger part of this is because I’m a sucker for pop culture and storytelling in all its forms.

You can think of these “Pilot Season” posts as a “I watch so you don’t have to” and maybe you’ll find one that seems in your wheelhouse and you’ll check it out, too (or, you know, spare yourself the really bad ones).

So, in this installment of “As Seen On TV” I will give a three-sentence review of the pilot for Madame Secretary. This installment will not include SPOILERS, though later episode reviews may.

Please share your thoughts in the comments to the shows I mini-review – I welcome all reactions, debate and discussions, and, as always, bring on the TV show recommendations, old and new.

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A refreshingly human look at the stresses and challenges of being a working woman, mother, wife and friend who just happens to work in the White House :: Madame Secretary “Pilot”

My thoughts in three sentences:

Though not as compelling as other White House dramas House of Cars and West Wing, this pilot offers a refreshingly relatable look at a woman in the workforce, and who works in the White House and is a) not sleeping with the president (what do you know, they are actually friends and nothing more), b) not perfectly coiffed and styled (well, except when it helped keep the press distracted), or c) unstable in some significant way. The episode ended a little too tidy in regards to the episode crisis, though it did introduce an overarching plot that may put our lead character in a position to have to work outside of her ethical parameters. Tea Leoni is great in this role, as are an assortment of recognizable supporting actors (Bebe Neuwirth, Tim Daly, Zeljko Ivanek, Keith Carradine, to name a few), and it was great to see a female lead who didn’t mention dieting, who has what seems to be a realistic relationship with her family (not perfect, but not over-the-top dysfunctional or full of stereotypes), and who is opinionated, intelligent and compassionate without being heightened emotionally – this one was so much better than that awful The Mysteries of Laura.

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Rating (out of 5): 4

Will I watch again: Yes, I think this will be a definite addition to my DVR queue.

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