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Bebe Neuwirth to Co-Star CBS' 'Madam Secretary'
Tony winner and Frasier alum Bebe Neuwirth is returning to series television.
The actress has signed on to co-star in CBS' political drama Madam Secretary, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Created and written by Homeland's Barbara Hall, the drama centers on the personal and professional life of a maverick female secretary of state (Tea Leoni) as she drives international diplomacy, wrangles office politics and balances a complex family life.
Neuwirth will play Nadine, the chief of staff to Leoni's Elizabeth. The role marks Neuwirth's return to series television following roles in Frasier, Cheers, Deadline, Law & Order: Trial by Jury and episodes of The Good Wife and Blue Bloods. She's a four-time Emmy nominee, taking home the statuette for her supporting turns in Cheers. She's repped by ICM Partners.
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The actress, who won Tony Awards for her work in Sweet Charity and Chicago, joins a cast that includes Private Practice's Tim Daly as Elizabeth's husband and Geoffrey Arend as Elizabeth's speechwriter.