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Tea Leoni as Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord

Madam Secretary, which starred Téa Leoni as Elizabeth McCord, a former CIA analyst who becomes U.S. secretary of state (and eventually president), mixed Washington politics with international intrigue and even some old-fashioned family domestic drama during its six-season run on CBS.

Secretary McCord negotiated several global nuclear treaties (China/Russia and India/Pakistan), and managed risky international situations and domestic terrorist dangers with wise aplomb.

2016 Sentinel Awards

"Madam Secretary," "black-ish" and "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" were among the winners at the 17th annual Sentinel Awards ceremony, a glittering evening that celebrated exemplary TV storylines covering health and climate change topics and featured a special appearance by Norman Lear.

2022 Sentinel Awards

Some of the brightest stars and creative talent in Hollywood walked the red carpet at the 2022 Sentinel Awards held Oct. 25 at the Television Academy. It was an evening to celebrate TV entertainment that makes a difference, and 12 shows were honored for storytelling that tackled powerful and timely topics.

HH&S Newsletter (Spring 2022)

Our Spring 2022 newsletter spotlights posts about the HH&S Blue Sky Scriptwriting Contest; actress Alyssa Milano breaking down the unknown history of abortion in the U.S.; poor reviews for the business side of Hollywood when it comes to diversity; the return of the ATX Festival in Austin; and how robots could fill a critical care gap in long-term care facilities, ravaged by the pandemic.

50 Years After the Kerner Commission: Can Entertainment Inspire a New Will?

Few studio and network executives today probably know that the landmark 1968 Kerner Commission ever existed, or what it aimed to accomplish. Now, five decades after it was convened to examine the causes of civil unrest in American cities, the commission served as the jumping-off point for a discussion about Hollywood's part in helping to heal a divided society.

Highlights: Hollywood and Dine

We know from research that stories can have a significant impact on what people know, feel and do. For better and worse, food’s pervasive depictions in entertainment like movies, television and music can be models for behavior and beliefs. How do these images of food affect us? What if storytellers chose to use their power to inspire audiences to make healthy food choices?