CBS series 'Madam Secretary' exploring 'fake news' plot

One of television's popular political dramas could soon be seeing its own dose of "fake news."

“There’s a lot of areas that we’re exploring, especially fake news and things that are a little bit in our current press,” Lori McCreary, executive producer of “Madam Secretary,” tells ITK about what's to come on the CBS series.

“So we’re going to have a little bit of fun with that in the ‘Madam Secretary’ way. But I think this year if you watch our show you might sleep a little better on Sunday nights,” McCreary added.

ITK caught up with the producing pro at the 50th anniversary celebration Wednesday of the American Film Institute (AFI) at the Library of Congress in Washington. 


McCreary’s producing partner, Morgan Freeman, could help shape a future storyline on fake news.

The Academy Award winner — who’s appeared on and directed an episode of “Madam Secretary” — was himself the target of a recent real-life “fake news” story. The bogus article this week claimed that Freeman, who supported Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublican Nicole Malliotakis wins New York primary to challenge Max Rose Trump's evangelical approval dips, but remains high How Obama can win back millions of Trump voters for Biden MORE in the 2016 White House race, had called on President Trump to imprison the former secretary of State.

Freeman, 80, appeared surprised when ITK informed him that he was the focus of a fake news story.

“Was I?” he exclaimed. “Hadn’t heard anything about that one!"

“Preserving America’s motion picture legacy is a vital component of our great nation’s collective memory,” AFI founding director George Stevens, Jr. said in a statement about the event.

Also eyed at the gala: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) embracing Stevens, Bradley Cooper, star of "American Sniper," “Dunkirk” director Christopher Nolan, former secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, “Homeland” director Lesli Linka Glatter, NBC News's Andrea Mitchell and her husband former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale and dozens of lawmakers, including Sens. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Cure Violence Global founder Gary Slutkin says violence and epidemics follow same patterns; Global death toll surpasses half a million 21 senators urge Pentagon against military use to curb nationwide protests Overnight Health Care: Trump says US 'terminating' relationship with WHO | Cuomo: NYC on track to start reopening week of June 8 | COVID-19 workplace complaints surge MORE (D-Pa.), Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyGOP senators debate replacing Columbus Day with Juneteenth as a federal holiday The Hill's Campaign Report: Jacksonville mandates face coverings as GOP convention approaches Steyer endorses Markey in Massachusetts Senate primary MORE (D-Mass.), Dan SullivanDaniel Scott SullivanUS security starts in the Arctic Senate confirms nation's first African American service chief GOP senators urge Trump not to restrict guest worker visas MORE (R-Alaska) and Tom UdallThomas (Tom) Stewart UdallSenate rejects Paul proposal on withdrawing troops from Afghanistan OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats chart course to 'solving the climate crisis' by 2050 | Commerce Department led 'flawed process' on Sharpiegate, watchdog finds | EPA to end policy suspending pollution monitoring by end of summer House Democrats chart course to 'solving the climate crisis' by 2050 MORE (D-N.M.) and Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellDingell pushes provision to curtail drunk driving in House infrastructure package 18 states fight conservative think tank effort to freeze fuel efficiency standards Pelosi: George Floyd death is 'a crime' MORE (D-Mich.), Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.), Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), and Robert AderholtRobert Brown AderholtLobbying world The Hill's Coronavirus Report: WHO vs. Trump; Bernie's out Bottom line MORE (R-Ala.), among others. 

Rep. Buddy CarterEarl (Buddy) Leroy CarterHouse fires back at Trump by passing ObamaCare expansion Loeffler works to gain traction with conservatives amid Collins primary bid Republicans came to the table on climate this year MORE (R-Ga.) was also eyed grinning widely as he told an aide he was intent on walking the red carpet at the exclusive event. “I’m want to," he chuckled, "I'm gonna act like I'm a movie star!"