On the heels of CBS freshman drama Madam Secretary getting an early second-season renewal, Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary’s Revelations Entertainment has signed a multi-year first look deal with the studio behind the Washington, D.C. series, CBS Television Studios, for scripted television and digital media.
Madam Secretary, starring Téa Leoni as a college professor and former CIA analyst who becomes Secretary of State, marked the first scripted series for Revelations. Freeman, McCreary and the company’s VP of Development Tracy Mercer developed the idea in-house and brought it to CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler. She teamed them up with veteran showrunner Barbara Hall, who created the show, and CBS TV Studios.
“Since the beginning of our partnership on Madam Secretary, we were determined to lure Revelations to the studio in a bigger way,” said CBS TV Studios president David Stapf. “Lori, and Morgan are collaborative, insightful and a pleasure to work with in all parts of the creative process.”
Madam Secretary, starring Leoni, Tim Daly, Željko Ivanek and Bebe Neuwirth, is a bit older skewing but a major force in total viewers. It the second most watched new series of the season, averaging 14.84 million viewers, and is the No.1 scripted program in total viewers on Sunday night.
“David Stapf and his whole team at CBS Studios have been the best partners we could imagine,” said Freeman and McCreary. “Network television has been an amazing ride for us so far, and we can’t wait to see where our journey together takes us next.”
Hall, Freeman and McCreary executive produce Madam Secretary with David Semel. Revelations Entertainment is repped by CAA and attorneys Jason Sloane and AJ Brandenstein.
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