BSkyB's Sky Living to Air 'Madam Secretary' in U.K.

Madam Secretary (CBS)
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Stars: Tea Leoni, Tim Daly, Bebe Neuwirth, Geoffrey Arend, Patina Miller, Erich Bergen, Katherine Herzer
Team: Barbara Hall, Morgan Freeman, Lori McCreary, Tracy Mercer, David Semel

Centers on 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.

The CBS drama, starring Tea Leoni, is one of the top-rated new fall shows in the U.S.

U.K. pay TV giant BSkyB has licensed new CBS drama Madam Secretary, starring Tea Leoni and executive produced by Morgan Freeman, for its Sky Living network.

CBS Studios International and BSkyB announced the deal for the exclusive U.K. TV rights on Thursday without disclosing financial details. The show will premiere on Sky Living in the coming months.

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The show is Sunday’s most-watched scripted show on U.S. broadcast TV. It premiered to more than 17 million viewers, making it one of the top-rated new fall series. Sky Living has already aired CBS drama Elementary since its debut in 2012.

"Madam Secretary is television at its very best; strong characters and gripping storylines that draw in the viewer week after week," said Stephen Tague, senior vp, Europe for CBS Studios International. “We are pleased to continue working with Sky to bring the best U.S. programming to U.K. audiences.”
“I knew as soon as I saw Madam Secretary at this year’s L.A. screenings it was perfect for Sky Living," said Antonia Hurford-Jones, Sky Living's channel director. “It’s a smart, pacy quality drama which has you hooked from the start. I feel confident our customers are going to love it.”

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Leoni stars as Elizabeth McCord, the newly appointed secretary of state who handles international diplomacy, office politics and global and domestic issues, both at the White House and at home. A college professor and a brilliant former CIA analyst who left for ethical reasons, she returns to public life at the request of the President following the suspicious death of her predecessor.

Her team includes her chief of staff, Nadine Tolliver (Bebe Neuwirth) and others. Tim Daly plays her supportive husband.

In Britain, CBS Studios International recently also sold new fall series Scorpion to ITV and NCIS: New Orleans and CSI: Cyber to Viacom's Channel 5.

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