Hillary Clinton, Colin Powell Guesting on 'Madam Secretary' Season 5 Premiere

The two former real-life secretaries of state will be joined by a third former secretary, Madeleine Albright, on the episode.
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From left: Hillary Clinton, Tea Leoni, Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright

The fictional secretary of state of CBS' Madam Secretary will turn to three former real-life holders of the post when the show begins its fifth season this fall.

Hillary Clinton, Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright will appear as themselves in the episode, set to air Sunday, Oct. 7. The trio filmed their cameos on July 11, Madam Secretary's first week back in production.

"We’re delighted to have these three former secretaries of state be part of our season premiere," said series creator and executive producer Barbara Hall. "It was a privilege to experience their perspectives and discourse both in and behind the scenes."

Added executive producer Lori McCreary: "Having three powerhouses of diplomacy agree to come on our show is awe-inspiring and humbling. And that we were able to find a time in their busy schedules when they were all available is a miracle."

In the episode, Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord (Tea Leoni) asks Albright, Powell and Clinton for advice on a delicate matter.

Albright served as secretary of state from 1997-2001 under President Bill Clinton and was the first woman to hold the post. She has appeared on Madam Secretary once before, guest-starring early in season two. She also has played herself on Parks and Recreation and Gilmore Girls.

Powell was President George W. Bush's secretary of state from 2001-05. The former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff had an uncredited cameo on JAG in 1997. 

Clinton served under President Barack Obama as secretary of state from 2009-13. She did a cameo on Broad City in 2016 and appeared opposite her Saturday Night Live portrayer, Kate McKinnon, in 2015.

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