By Michael Gioia
12 May 2014
"Madam Secretary," from writer-executive producer Barbara Hall and director David Semel, also features Tea Leoni, Tim Daly, Bebe Neuwirth, Erich Bergen, Geoffrey Arend, Patina Miller, Evan Roe and Katherine Herzer.
The series "explores the personal and professional life of a maverick female Secretary of State as she drives international diplomacy, wrangles office politics and balances a complex family life." Morgan Freeman, Lori McCreary and Tracy Mercer are executive producers.
Metcalf stars in "The McCarthys" alongside Jimmy Dunn, Kelen Coleman, Tyler Ritter, Jack McGee and Joey McIntyre. The series is described as a "story about a big Irish Catholic, sports-crazed Boston clan and the gay son whose greatest sin is not his sexuality but his desire to spend less time with his family."
Brian Gallivan is also an executive producer alongside Will Gluck, Richie Schwartz and Mike Sikowitz.
The network also picked up the comedy "The Odd People," written by Joe Keenan and Matthew Perry, who also stars and is an executive producer. The series is described as a "reboot of the classic series about the messy Oscar Madison and the neat-freak Felix Unger, who are roommates."
Also cast in "The Odd People" are Thomas Lennon, Sarah Baker, Wendell Pierce, Georgia King and Lindsay Sloane, and executive producers are Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman, Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum.
Other dramas picked up include "NCIS: New Orleans" (featuring Scott Bakula, Paige Turco, Lucas Black, CCH Pounder and Zoe McLellan); "Scorpion" (featuring Elyes Gabel, Robert Patrick, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Ari Stidham and Ernie Hudson); and "Stalker" (featuring Dylan McDermott, Maggie Q, Mariana Klaveno and Victor Rasuk).
They join "Battle Creek," which was a direct-to-series pick up and features Josh Duhamel, Kal Penn, Janet McTeer, Dean Winters, Aubrey Dollar and Edward Fordham Jr. Here's how it's billed: "Two detectives with very different worldviews are teamed up and must answer the question: Are cynicism, guile and deception enough to clean up the semi-mean streets of Battle Creek, Mich., in the face of a complete lack of resources; or is the exact opposite true – it takes naïveté, trust and a boatload of resources?"
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