Some of the big news from CBS is starting to trickle out this morning, and it pertains to Madam Secretary first and foremost.
This morning, network programming head Kelly Kahl confirmed that the show will be ending with an abbreviated ten-episode final season. In a lot of ways, this move was expected — the ratings for Madam Secretary haven’t been good for a while, and the primary reason why it lasted this long is due to it consistently generating some international sales and it does well in syndication. Yet, all things must end, and the show gets to end now with a season that will allow Elizabeth McCord to be able to run for office. It will be airing this fall in its typical timeslot, so you’re not going to have to wait a long time in order to see it.
In a statement today discussing the renewal, Kahl had the following to say:
“I think it’s important to respect the audience. It’s hard when a show just goes away. We like to be able to do this, and send the show off with a great deal of respect and celebration.”
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With giving final-season orders to both Madam Secretary and Criminal Minds, what we are seeing here is a specific strategy from Kahl as programming head that CBS wants to be reasonably committed to trying to find a way in order to ensure that some of these shows all get the respective ending that they deserve. It’s a tradition that we hope continues over the next few years.
We also think that, in the case of Madam Secretary in particular, this renewal matters significantly since this show represents a sense of political idealism that a lot of people appreciate. Elizabeth may be imperfect, but you always get the sense that she means well and has the best interests of the country at heart. She is the sort of person this country should really be looking for within a specific President of the United States and with that in mind, hopefully her tone can be a beacon to real-life politics. We certainly understand that this is a fictional show, but there are still some real-life lessons that can be learned.
Will Madam Secretary end with someone referring to Elizabeth as Madam President? For the time being, that’s what we are hoping for perhaps more so than anything else. We don’t think that we’ll get to see her as President all that much if she wins, but we foresee this series being more about the path she takes in order to get there.
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