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All hail Tea Leoni!

The actress has signed on for the lead role in the CBS drama pilot Madam Secretary, TVGuide.com has confirmed.

Madam Secretary centers on the personal and professional life of a maverick female Secretary of State as she pushes international diplomacy, deals with office politics and balances a complicated family life. Joan of Arcadia creator Barbara Hall wrote the pilot and will executive-produce along with Oscar winner Morgan Freeman, Lori McCreary (Invictus) and Tracy Mercer (Through the Wormhole).

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Leoni and Freeman shared the screen once before when he was the man in charge, playing the President of the United States in the 1998 disaster flick Deep Impact.

Best known for her film roles in Bad Boys and Jurassic Park III, Leoni starred in the mid-'90s sitcom The Naked Truth and also appeared on The X-Files and Frasier.

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