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MADAM SECRETARY
Air Date: Sunday, January 15, 2017
Time Slot: 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST on CBS
Episode Title: (#MS312) "The Detour"
[NOTE: The following article is a press release issued by the aforementioned network and/or company. Any errors, typos, etc. are attributed to the original author. The release is reproduced solely for the dissemination of the enclosed information.]

ELIZABETH AND HER STAFF GET A SURPRISE ON THEIR DEVELOPMENT AID TRIP TO AFRICA WHEN THEY DISCOVER THAT CHINA IS READY WITH THEIR OWN AID PLANS TO OFFER TO THE CONTINENT, ON "MADAM SECRETARY," SUNDAY, JAN. 15

Tonya Pinkins Returns to Guest Star as Susan Thompson, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs

"The Detour" - When Elizabeth and her staff fly to Africa to offer development aid to the continent, they are caught by surprise when the Chinese arrive there first, ready to outmaneuver the U.S. with competing offers of aid. Also, when turbulence on their plane ride to Africa leaves Daisy unnerved, she and Susan Thompson (Tonya Pinkins)
go on a welcome tour of Africa, admiring the beauty of the continent. And, the FBI asks Henry to help investigate a Christian cult member who may have helped build the bomb used in the Illinois coffee shop attack, on MADAM SECRETARY, Sunday, Jan. 15 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

REGULAR CAST:

Téa Leoni (Elizabeth McCord)
Tim Daly (Henry McCord)
Bebe Neuwirth (Nadine Tolliver)
´┐Żeljko Ivanek (Russell Jackson)
Keith Carradine (President Conrad Dalton)
Sebastian Arcelus (Jay Whitman)
Patina Miller (Daisy Grant)
Geoffrey Arend (Matt Mahoney)
Erich Bergen (Blake Moran)
Kathrine Herzer (Alison McCord)
Wallis Currie-Wood (Stephanie "Stevie" McCord)
Evan Roe (Jason McCord)

RECURRING CAST:

Francis Jue (Chinese Foreign Minister Chen)

GUEST CAST:

Matt Meinsen (DS Agent Matt)
Roslyn Ruff (Marguerite Sanchez)
Tonya Pinkins (Susan Thompson)
James McCaffrey (Rex Mayfield)
Jeremy Rishe (Ethan Welsch)
Arian Moayed (Mohammed "Mo" Alwash)
Obba Babatunde (President Silvanus Fabre)
Avery Glymph (FBI Agent Clark Stokes)
Gregory Jones (FBI Agent Owen Wendt)
Walter Brandes (Ted)
Irene Sofia Lucio (Pilar)
Jason Kaufman (Commander)
Christine Toy Johnson (Kathy Akimoto)
Michael Bakkensen (Darren Taylor)
Eva Kaminsky (Jenny Bach)
Afemo Omilami (President Babacar Diome)
Claire Simba (Justine)
James Joseph O'Neil (Colonel McKay)
Stephen Lee Anderson (Captain)
Justin L. Wilson (Nathan Hobson)

WRITTEN BY: Matt Ward

DIRECTED BY: Martha Mitchell

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MADAM SECRETARY (CBS)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
9/21/14 - ???
STATUS:
currently airing (winter 2018)
TIME SLOT:
sundays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
CURRENT SEASON:
4 (22 episodes)
DESCRIPTION:
(from CBS's press release, March 2017) CBS today announced early renewals of 18 returning series for the 2017-2018 season, displaying the programming depth and stability of America's Most Watched Network. Additional returning series pick-ups for next season will be announced at a later date. The shows renewed to date include 6 comedies, 9 dramas, 1 reality series, 2 newsmagazines and a roster of hit programs across every night of the week. They also include the #1 scripted program/comedy THE BIG BANG THEORY; the #1 drama NCIS; the #1 new series BULL; the #1 new comedy KEVIN CAN WAIT; and the #1 newsmagazine 60 MINUTES. In addition, 5 freshman shows are part of the Network's early renewals, including BULL, KEVIN CAN WAIT, MACGYVER, MAN WITH A PLAN and SUPERIOR DONUTS. Following are the renewed series to date for the 2017-2018 season: THE BIG BANG THEORY, BLUE BLOODS, BULL, HAWAII FIVE-0, KEVIN CAN WAIT, LIFE IN PIECES, MACGYVER, MADAM SECRETARY, MAN WITH A PLAN, MOM, NCIS, NCIS: LOS ANGELES, NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, SCORPION, SUPERIOR DONUTS, SURVIVOR, 48 HOURS and 60 MINUTES. CBS will finish the current season as America's Most Watched Network for the 14th time in 15 years. The Network will announce its new fall 2017-2018 schedule on Wednesday, May 17 at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Erich Bergen as Blake Moran
· Evan Roe as Jason McCord
· Geoffrey Arend as Matt Mahoney
· Katherine Herzer as Alison McCord
· Keith Carradine as Conrad Dalton
· Patina Miller as Daisy Grant
· Sara Ramirez as Kat Sandoval
· Sebastian Arcelus as Jay Whitman
· Tea Leoni as Elizabeth McCord
· Tim Daly as Henry McCord
· Wallis Currie-Wood as Stephanie "Stevie" McCord
· Zeljko Ivanek as Russell Jackson
RECURRING/PREVIOUS CAST INFORMATION:
· Bebe Neuwirth as Nadine Tolliver
CREW INFORMATION:
· Barbara Hall as CRTR/EP
· David Semel as DIR (Pilot)
· Lori McCreary as EP
· Morgan Freeman as EP
· Tracy Mercer as EP
GENRE(S):
· drama
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· CBS Television Studios
· Revelations Entertainment