Three Former Secretaries of State Will Counsel Tea Leoni on Madam Secretary

Secretary of State is one of the loneliest jobs in the world, which is why it’s good to have friends when things get choppy. Secretary McCord (Téa Leoni) is going to find that out this fall when she falls into a tough spot. Luckily, she has backup. Former Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton, Colin Powell, and Madeleine Albright will be on call in Madam Secretary’s darkest hour.

CBS announced yesterday that Madam, Madam, and Mister Secretary would appear on Madam Secretary in the new season. This will mark Clinton and Powell’s first role on the show, but Albright previously portrayed herself in season two. Only three women have served as Secretary of State in real life. Condoleeza Rice, who will not appear on the show, is the only other Madam Secretary in history.

“In the episode, Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord, played by Téa Leoni, turns to the former secretaries of state to ask their advice on how to respond to a delicate situation,” CBS said.

Albright served under former President Bill Clinton, Colin Powell under former President George W. Bush, and Clinton under former President Barack Obama. Despite hailing from both sides of the aisle, all three gathered for an adorable picture with Leoni. Leoni tweeted out the smiling snapshot saying she was “incredibly honored.” The amazingly witty Albright also shared in the excitement joking, “It is always nice to consult with my successors.” Clinton added that the picture was taken on set in Brooklyn, NY. Familiar stomping ground for the former Secretary who also served as a New York Senator for eight years.

“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,” executive producer Lori McCreary said. That is an understatement. Secretary McCord has always been fully capable of handling a crisis, but it never hurts to get some advice from those who have been there before.

Watch for the special guest appearances on Madam Secretary Sunday, October 7 on CBS.

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Kelle Long

Kelle has written about film and TV for The Credits since 2016. Follow her on Twitter @molaitdc for interviews with really cool film and TV artists and only occasional outbursts about Broadway, tennis, and country music. Please no talking or texting during the movie. Unless it is a musical, then sing along loudly.