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CBS announced its 2014-15 programming slate this morning. Among the network's new series is Barbara Hall and Morgan Freeman's political drama MADAM SECRETARY starring Broadway's Patina Miller and Bebe Neuwirth. Get a First Look below:

First Look - Patina Miller, Bebe Neuwirth Star in New CBS Series MADAM SECRETARY

MADAM SECRETARY stars Téa Leoni as Elizabeth McCord, the shrewd, determined, newly appointed Secretary of State who drives international diplomacy, battles office politics and circumvents protocol as she negotiates global and domestic issues, both at the White House and at home. A college professor and a brilliant former CIA analyst who left for ethical reasons, Elizabeth returns to public life at the request of the President following the suspicious death of her predecessor.

The President values her apolitical leanings, her deep knowledge of the Middle East, her flair for languages and her ability to not just think outside the box, but to not even acknowledge there is a box. McCord's team includes her Chief of Staff Nadine Tolliver (Emmy Award winner Bebe Neuwirth), speechwriter Matt Mahoney (Geoffrey Arend), press coordinator Daisy Grant (Patina Miller) and her charming assistant, Blake Moran (Erich Bergen). As McCord debates third world problems and finesses foreign dignitaries at work, that's just a warm-up for when she goes home to her supportive husband Henry (Tim Daly) and their two bright children (Katherine Herzer and Evan Roe), where "politics" and "compromise" take on new meaning. MADAM SECRETARY is a CBS Television Studios production, in association with Revelations Entertainment. Barbara Hall ("Judging Amy") is an executive producer with Revelations' Lori McCreary and Academy and Golden Globe Award winner Morgan Freeman, and David Semel. The pilot was directed by David Semel.

Miller won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in Diane Paulus' new production of PIPPIN, now playing at the Music Box Theater.

The actress was nominated for the 2011 Tony Award for her lead role in Sister Act. She also garnered Drama Desk, Drama League & OCC Award nominations for her performance. Her other theater credits include Off-Broadway's Ragtime, Lost in the Stars, Hair and Romantic Poetry.

She is currently filming in the role of 'Commander Paylor' for the third and fourth installments in The Hunger Games franchise -- Mockingjay parts 1 and 2 -- due out in 2014 and '15.

Neuwirth's previous TV credits include Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, Bored to Death, Law & Order, Frasier, Hack, Deadline, Cheers and more.

Neuwirth has also starred on Broadway in The Addams Family, Fosse, Chicago and Sweet Charity -- both for which she won Tony Awards -- Damn Yankees, Little Me, Dancin' and A Chorus Line.

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