When “Madam Secretary” returns to CBS for its final season in the fall, the show should probably have a new title — “Madam President.”
In May, Season 6 ended with Elizabeth McCord (Tea Leoni) declaring her candidacy for president. When Season 7 begins on Sunday, Oct. 6, she will be in the Oval Office as the newly elected chief executive.
“We have not announced anything, but we are doing about a two-year time jump,” Amy Reisenbach, CBS’ executive vice president of current affairs, told The Salt Lake Tribune. “When we come back, Elizabeth will be president. It will be about 100 days into her presidency.”
They are not, however, changing the title of the series. “But we had discussions about that,” said Kelly Kahl, president of CBS Entertainment.
The series will jump over the primaries and the general election, for the most part. “There will be flashbacks to the campaign,” Reisenbach said.
When “Madam Secretary” premiered in September 2014, Elizabeth McCord — a former intelligence officer — was appointed secretary of state by her former boss at the CIA, President Conrad Dalton (Keith Carradine). He has since been reelected to a second term, running as an independent, and McCord was his choice as his heir apparent.
CBS announced in May that “Madam Secretary” was renewed for an abbreviated, 10-episode final season.
The cast includes Tim Daly as Elizabeth’s husband, Henry; Kathrine Herzer, Evan Roe and Wallis Currie-Wood as her children; Sebastian Arcelus, Geoffrey Arend, Erich Bergen, Patina Miller and Sara Ramirez as State department staffers; and Zeljko Ivanek as the White House chief of staff.