“Madam Secretary” Showrunner Barbara Hall Developing CIA Drama for CBS

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Barbara Hall is shifting gears from the White House to the CIA. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the “Madam Secretary” creator and showrunner is working on “Family Business,” a CBS drama about a multigenerational family of spies.

Family Business” will tell the story of a CIA family “through the eyes of its youngest generation,” THR writes, “three adult siblings who all struggle with rivalry, secrets, and making their mark in the intelligence community.” Hall is writing the script and will serve as exec producer.

Madam Secretary” premiered on CBS in 2014. Led by Téa Leoni, the drama traces the professional and personal lives of one the most powerful women in the world: Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord. Bebe Neuwirth (“The Good Wife”), Patina Miller (“Hunger Games” franchise), and Tim Daly (Shonda Rhimes’ “Private Practice”) also star.

In early 2016 Hall signed a two-year deal with CBS Television Studios. The pact sees the showrunner continuing to oversee “Madam Secretary” while developing new projects for CBS. “Family Business” is presumably part of Hall’s deal.

Moonlighting,” “Northern Exposure,” “Joan of Arcadia,” “Judging Amy,” and “Homeland” are among the writing credits on Hall’s stacked resume.

Season 4 of “Madam Secretary” begins Sunday, October 8 on CBS.

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