November 13, 2019
  • 11:46 am Breaking Apart That Anti-Good Omens Campaign
  • 10:38 pm Chernobyl’s Hot Zone: A Sleepy Summer Finds Drama in a New Genre
  • 11:10 am HBO Reminds Fans That It Has Other Stuff Besides GOT
  • 12:21 am On The Good Fight, Even Ball Lightning is Partisan
  • 9:22 pm CNN’s Hiring of Sarah Isgur is a Travesty

In a world where the government is chaotic when it isn’t shut down. Madam Secretary often seems like a reminder of how our government should be operating. The real world leaves much to be desired when one watches this show. The show about moral, good, people working in government trying to do the right thing, tweeted as much from their official twitter account. Reality isn’t subtle.

There was some confusion among  tv schedule watchers about why exactly Madam Secretary would choose to air an episode this important two days before Christmas. Wouldn’t this be a ratings killer? Well, perhaps, but at a time where barely any shows are airing. CBS may have wanted to stoke the family table discussions this year and the cheers and some jeers are already appearing on social media. The episode was almost like a docudrama about Trump’s border separation policy and it ends with a cliffhanger.

Yet, wouldn’t the Football games delaying the show about half an hour hurt ratings as well? Maybe but I think CBS knows it’s audience after four years. The policy nerds who like shows about US policy making (me) or women who want to watch Tea Leoni kick ass every week are likely not watching football games. They also likely watch it on DVR.

I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a ratings stunt, but if it works all the power to them. Everyone in the show clearly thought that more people should be talking about this topic and that’s why it was so prominently featured in the episode. While some shows shy away from politics. This show fearlessly walks right into it. Often showing both sides of whatever issue it happens to be covering.

Congrats on 100 Episodes! Here’s to 100 more?


John J. Falco