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A network television channel planning a program about a female secretary of state? Sounds familiar. Well, it's not that secretary of state. 

As NBC and CNN get shunned by the RNC because of their Hillary Clinton projects in the works (a minseries and documentary, respectively), Deadline's Nellie Andreeva reports that CBS is finding a subtler way to capitalize on the 2016 Hillary frenzy. The network is developing a drama series about a fictional female secretary of state called Madame Secretary written by Joan of Arcadia creator Barbara Hall and co-executive produced by one-time fictional president Morgan Freeman. The show, per Andreeva, "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." Ha. Complex. Heard that, Bill? 

So this will presumably be about Hillary Clinton in the way The Good Wife is about Silda Spitzer or, well, Hillary Clinton. It will make headlines for the implicit connection, but won't actually elicit any ire from the GOP. Very clever, CBS.

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