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 ClintonSaagar Enjeti: Tuesday's Democratic debate already 'rigged' against Gabbard, Sanders Ilhan Omar raises .1 million in third quarter Bloomberg rethinking running for president: report 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 CaseyHere are the Senate Democrats backing a Trump impeachment inquiry over Ukraine call Ex-GOP congressman to lead group to protect Italian products from tariffs The Hill's Morning Report - Progressives, centrists clash in lively Democratic debate MORE (D-Pa.), Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyDemocrats urge Rick Perry not to roll back lightbulb efficiency rules Ocasio-Cortez taps supporters for donations as former primary opponent pitches for Kennedy Rep. Joe Kennedy has history on his side in Senate bid MORE (D-Mass.), Dan SullivanDaniel Scott SullivanOvernight Defense: Trump hits Iranian central bank with sanctions | Trump meeting with Ukrainian leader at UN | Trump touts relationship with North Korea's Kim as 'best thing' for US Exclusive: Kushner tells GOP it needs to unify behind immigration plan Republicans grumble over Trump shifting military funds to wall MORE (R-Alaska) and Tom UdallThomas (Tom) Stewart UdallGreen groups line up behind Markey ahead of looming Kennedy fight Overnight Energy: Lawmakers show irritation over withheld Interior documents | Republican offers bipartisan carbon tax bill | Scientists booted from EPA panel form new group Overnight Energy: Top Interior lawyer accused of lying to Congress confirmed | Senate set to deny funding for BLM move | EPA threatens to cut California highway funds MORE (D-N.M.) and Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellPelosi focused on narrow impeachment probe on Ukraine: report Pelosi announces launch of formal impeachment inquiry into Trump More Democrats threaten impeachment over Trump's dealings with Ukraine MORE (D-Mich.), Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.), Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), and Robert AderholtRobert Brown AderholtHouse advances B agriculture bill Dems advance bill defying Trump State Department cuts Maryland raises legal tobacco purchasing age to 21 MORE (R-Ala.), among others. 

Rep. Buddy CarterEarl (Buddy) Leroy CarterMass shootings have hit 158 House districts so far this year Polling director: Young voters swayed by health care, economy, gun control The Hill's Morning Report - Can Trump save GOP in North Carolina special election? 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!"