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Madam Secretary Season 6: Air Date, Cast, Recap, Update

Updated May 10, 2019
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If you have ever caught yourself wondering what it is like to be the Secretary of State of the United States of America, you could give ‘Madam Secretary’ a watch. Created by Barbara Hall and having Morgan Freeman and Cory McReary as its executive producers, ‘Madam Secretary’ is an American political drama television series that airs on CBS.

As the name of the show suggests, ‘Madam Secretary’ follows chronicles the life of Elizabeth McCord, a former CIA analyst and a political science professor, after she becomes the US Secretary of State.

Season 1 of the show premiered on September 21, 2014, and despite approval from viewers, it failed to create a lasting impression on television critics. However, despite lacking critical acclaim, the show has enjoyed a good run, and has seen five seasons air till date. Now, fans of the show are wondering whether ‘Madam Secretary’ will make a comeback and offer more juicy political drama. Here’s everything we know about its next season.

Madam Secretary Cast: Who is in it?

In the show, Tea Leoni takes up the role of the Elizabeth McCord, a veteran CIA analyst and political science professor at the University of Virginia who gets picked as the Secretary of State by her former boss and current US President Conrad Dalton (played by Keith Carradine). Tim Daly, meanwhile, plays the role of Henry McCord, Elizabeth’s husband of 25 years, who is a war veteran, a professor, and a counter-terrorism operative.

The power couple aside, Bebe Neuwirth plays Nadine Tolliver, who goes on to become one of Elizabeth’s most trusted aides. Željko Ivanek stars as Russell Jackson, the White House chief of staff, and Erich Bergen plays Blake Moran, Elizabeth’s personal secretary. Additionally, Patina Miller plays the role of Daisy Grant, Elizabeth’s press coordinator, while Geoffrey Arend plays Matt Mahoney, Elizabeth’s speechwriter.

On the family side, Wallis Currie-Wood and Kathrine Herzer plays the roles of the McCords’ elder and younger daughters, Stephanie and Alison, respectively. Additionally, Evan Roe plays the part of Jason McCord, the Henry and Elizabeth’s teenage son, a self-proclaimed analyst.

If the show does get renewed by CBS for a sixth season, we expect most of the aforementioned cast members to reprise their roles in the political drama.

Madam Secretary Plot: What is it about?

The plot of ‘Madam Secretary’ picks off when the President of the United States, Conrad Dalton, has to pick a new Secretary of State following the death of the incumbent Secretary of State in a plane crash. He ends up picking Elizabeth for her ability to think outside the box.

However, Elizabeth’s appointment as Secretary of State does not go smoothly. Within a couple of months of her appointment, she is handed a massive responsibility after two American children are held hostage in Syria, and she has to oversee proceedings to try and ensure their release. Shortly after this incident, she is faced with yet another crisis after crowds threateningly surround the US Embassy in Yemen and ends up bombing the place.

As the plot develops, Elizabeth has to deal with one international crisis after another while navigating a political landscape that is rife with constant betrayal, political backstabbing, and the possibility of end-of-the-world crises. At the same time, Elizabeth also struggles to investigate the mysterious death of her predecessor, which stinks of foul play. Further, the show’s handling of foreign affairs is quite thoughtful, and many of the crises that Elizabeth has to grapple with take inspiration from real-life events, and are presented in gripping single-episode or multi-episode story arcs.

The tension surrounding this intense and uncertain life is made to feel very real thanks to Tea Leoni’s great acting and her intriguing background as an intelligence analyst. Other leading cast members, too, add value to the show by delivering solid performances. However, at certain times, certain story arcs do feel forced, and notably, the story arcs surrounding the supporting characters are quite weak. That said, if you have an active interest in current affairs and world politics, the show makes for an enjoyable watch.

Despite trying to create an intense political show, ‘Madam Secretary’ has not had much luck with television critics, who have criticized it for being an underwhelming show in spite of all its potential. Season 1 of the show was given a score of 67% on Rotten Tomatoes, and other seasons remain unrated. On the other hand, ‘Madam Secretary’ has been able to endear itself to politically-inclined viewers, and it enjoys a decent overall rating of 7.6/10 on IMDb, after over 17,000 votes.

Madam Secretary Season 6 Release Date: When will it premiere?

‘Madam Secretary’ season 5 premiered on October 7, 2018, and the 20-episode season concluded on April 21, 2019. As far as the next season goes, we have good news for the fans. On May 9, 2019, CBS renewed the show for another season. Considering the massive popularity of the show, it’s not a surprising decision at all. 

All the last five seasons premiered in October. So our best guess is that ‘Madam Secretary’ season 6 will premiere in October 2019. We will update this section as soon as we hear more.

Madam Secretary Trailer:

While we wait for an update on ‘Madam Secretary’ season 6, check out the clip below to refresh your memories. If you haven’t seen the show yet, head over to CBS to catch all the episodes of the previous seasons.

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  • One of the best shows to come out of the USA – and the main characters play their roles brilliantly. Its one show I never miss yet I don’t live in the USA nor do I follow US politics at all…….just a show that you know is probably not too far from the actual truth of political lives around the globe.