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I have mixed feelings after watching the pilot. Basic premise is interesting, and I'd be good with that, but then they throw in the assassination plot and that kind of turned me off. I would think there is enough plot wise without that, but I guess every show now has to have a murder mystery.

Other than that I like the dialog, seem a bit more intelligent than most shows, kids were not too annoying, husband seems to have a brain. I guess I'll keep watching ans see how it develops.
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I have mixed feelings after watching the pilot. Basic premise is interesting, and I'd be good with that, but then they throw in the assassination plot and that kind of turned me off. I would think there is enough plot wise without that, but I guess every show now has to have a murder mystery.

Other than that I like the dialog, seem a bit more intelligent than most shows, kids were not too annoying, husband seems to have a brain. I guess I'll keep watching ans see how it develops.
I liked it a lot. It has a great cast and I'm especially glad to see Tea Leoni back on television. Keith Carradine is perfect in his role as president. This looks to be a series that will stick around for awhile. I'm in.
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I thought it was "OK". Somehow it seemed a little flat to me. With this cast, maybe I was just expecting better. In any event, we will give at a few more episodes to decide whether it is a keeper for us.
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I liked it more than I thought I would. I'll stick around to see where it goes.
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I don't know what happened. I set my DVR and it thinks it recorded the pilot episode - but what I actually have is the season Premiere of CSI. (DirecTV TiVO DVR)

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I liked it. The show moved along at a brisk pace. Will match up well with The Good Wife.
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I'll give it a chance, but I don't think it would be that easy to get 2 American youth out of Syria. We can't even get our marine out of Mexico LOL.
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Being a pilot it's not fair to pass too much judgement on it although I'll do it anyway. I don't think they lived up to the stage they tried to present. The pomp and circumstance never rang true and they appeared they were going for such. Like the dinner reception and how she went Rambo saving the kids. Not that it doesn't have potential but I think the characters are too defined or leaning towards chariactures. With time that might change as I'm sure in the pilot they wanted to introduce everybody.

Hopefully, I'm wrong but at this point I see it more as Save of the Week.

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I don't know what happened. I set my DVR and it thinks it recorded the pilot episode - but what I actually have is the season Premiere of CSI. (DirecTV TiVO DVR)




On the east coast due to the football game going to OT, all the following programs like 60 mins and Madam Secretary got delayed. I guess DVR'S aint's smart enough .
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On the east coast due to the football game going to OT, all the following programs like 60 mins and Madam Secretary got delayed. I guess DVR'S aint's smart enough .
Yep, it's almost a constant during football season, especially when CBS has a 4:00 pm game. If you plan on recording, you might as well pad an hour on, that will usually cover you, but the guide is pretty useless for any CBS Sunday night shows.
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Or if you also like the GW then just pad it by 1hr and know occasionally the end of Madam Secretary will be on the beginning of the Good Wife
Thats what happened this week for me.
Oh, I think I'll give MS a couple more shots, not great but not bad either.....
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I don't know what happened. I set my DVR and it thinks it recorded the pilot episode - but what I actually have is the season Premiere of CSI. (DirecTV TiVO DVR)
Same thing in Portland. The West Coast schedule was fine, everything on time. Here, they just replaced the second airing of MS with an old CSI episode. [I don't watch, but I've seen the opening scene before.] The station posts last minute changes, and they have nothing noted.

You can 'buy' the pilot for free on Amazon instant video.
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I'll give it a chance, but I don't think it would be that easy to get 2 American youth out of Syria. We can't even get our marine out of Mexico LOL.
As it was going along, I was thinking about an actual, similar, event except it was with Iran. It was handled similarly....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009–11...hikers_by_Iran

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CBS finally wised up and delayed the start of '60 Minutes' to 7:30 Eastern during football season but the games occasionally still go over even that extra half-hour, especially if they go into overtime. I would think by now everyone who was interested in watching any of their Sunday night schedule would have been trained to set recordings for at least one hour later than the show they're interested in watching, two hours to be on the safe side.
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Very predictable and the good old she can make it work and everyone ells is in the way. 4 thumbs down.
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I didn't feel it was that compelling from a dramatic standpoint - the "4 months later" fast forward in time made everything feel rushed; I would've liked to see the actual transition period unfold closer to real time. Other than that, I thought that the acting and writing were pretty good (and I like Tea ).So, a bit of a mixed bag, but with enough good elements for me to keep watching.
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I didn't feel it was that compelling from a dramatic standpoint - the "4 months later" fast forward in time made everything feel rushed; I would've liked to see the actual transition period unfold closer to real time.
As a pilot I think they simply used a few minutes to put everything in place. And from the previews it appears she is still a duck out of water to some degree...

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CBS finally wised up and delayed the start of '60 Minutes' to 7:30 Eastern during football season but the games occasionally still go over even that extra half-hour, especially if they go into overtime. I would think by now everyone who was interested in watching any of their Sunday night schedule would have been trained to set recordings for at least one hour later than the show they're interested in watching, two hours to be on the safe side.
It hasn't been as big an issue on the West Coast. The general rule is, if it shows on the East Coast no later [real time] than West Coast airing, we get it at our regularly scheduled time. And that's exactly how the evening shows started out, all the prime time shows were not adjusted. Changing a 10 pm airing when the others have not been disrupted, that may be a first. But maybe it follows the rule - did east coast get the second airing on Sunday, or did they cut it out completely?
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I'm getting confused with all the west coast/east coast talk. How many episodes have aired? I forget to record it and watched the free pilot episode on amazon. Am I caught up?
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How many episodes have aired?
One - the pilot.

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East Coast (which is what Central Time gets as well) only had the single airing of Madam Secretary (a second airing of the pilot was SCHEDULED after The Good Wife) but with the delay, dropping the second airing put local schedules back on track -5 minutes. So we actually got our 10pm news at 10:05 pm.
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CBS finally wised up and delayed the start of '60 Minutes' to 7:30 Eastern during football season but the games occasionally still go over even that extra half-hour, especially if they go into overtime. I would think by now everyone who was interested in watching any of their Sunday night schedule would have been trained to set recordings for at least one hour later than the show they're interested in watching, two hours to be on the safe side.
I'm glad they did but 30 minutes isn't enough for ~10% of the time. I use to over schedule my events 60 minutes, 30 minutes would catch most but occasionally it wouldn't be enough, 60 minutes would cover 99% of the events........last night would have been one of the 1% but luckily my 1hr + CBS's 30 minutes and I was good. In CT it ran ~1hr 4 minutes long.
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I read some review that said the pilot was "weak" (I agree), but later episodes (3 or 4) got better. I think this show has potential and the cast is good. Worth recording at least.
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One - the pilot.
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East Coast (which is what Central Time gets as well) only had the single airing of Madam Secretary (a second airing of the pilot was SCHEDULED after The Good Wife) but with the delay, dropping the second airing put local schedules back on track -5 minutes. So we actually got our 10pm news at 10:05 pm.
Two showings of the same episode in one night, what was the purpose of that? I like the encore ones later in the week, I've caught a few of those when I forgot about something coming on or see a lot of people talking about it, but two in one night wouldn't help me, because I'd still miss it.
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CBS probably had nothing better to put in its place, as they haven't launched all of their new shows yet. I also enjoyed the pilot but felt that it was rushed, particularly with the decision to skip the transition period. I would also like to state up front that I suspect the husband is the mastermind behind all these assassinations. He's too perfect, so I'm suspicious of him.
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I would also like to state up front that I suspect the husband is the mastermind behind all these assassinations. He's too perfect, so I'm suspicious of him.
No fair! It's like... it's like... you've watched TV before!
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Two showings of the same episode in one night, what was the purpose of that? I like the encore ones later in the week, I've caught a few of those when I forgot about something coming on or see a lot of people talking about it, but two in one night wouldn't help me, because I'd still miss it.
Who knows? Perhaps hedging their bets that many would miss the first airing due to football overruns and want to watch the 2nd airing? Maybe they were hoping the Sunday Night Football game would be a blowout and people would switch to the 2nd airing?
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Who knows? Perhaps hedging their bets that many would miss the first airing due to football overruns and want to watch the 2nd airing? Maybe they were hoping the Sunday Night Football game would be a blowout and people would switch to the 2nd airing?
Yeah, who knows. A lot of cable shows are apt to play 3 or 4 times on the night they are broadcast, lots of time they are back to back, then last weeks followed by the new one again.
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No fair! It's like... it's like... you've watched TV before!
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I guess next week they will deal with a detained marine in Mexico.

I'm going to stick with it for a while to see how it shakes out.

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