And there was Freeman, chatting up Maureen Dowd; CBS newsman Bob Schieffer (who has a cameo in the show’s premiere episode) mingling with the actors who play young Foggy Bottom aides; and Daly, shooting the breeze with Philippe Reins, the longtime aide to another former SecState, Hillary Clinton.
So let’s get one thing straight: Elizabeth McCord, Leoni’s character, IS NOT HILLARY, PEOPLE. “Kissinger!” the actress responded when asked which real-life diplomat-in-chief she emulated, gesturing to her slouchy pantsuit.
And Daly tried to preempt the critics who might perceive the show as a pro-Clinton docu-drama, given its “West Wing”-like reverence for governance that’s so unlike many other installments of the Fake Washington genre (see the dark and treacherous side in “House of Cards,” or the delightfully neurotic folks of “Veep”).
“It’s not some liberal Hollywood conspiracy to elect Hillary,” he assured us.
Meanwhile, Real Washington was enjoying the moment. Albright was all smiles, and Reines tells us that the show gets plenty of details right.
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