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CBS Show 'Madam Secretary' Films In Westchester

Stars of CBS-TV's "Madam Secretary," including Tea Leoni, with staff members at Wartburg in Mount Vernon.
Stars of CBS-TV's "Madam Secretary," including Tea Leoni, with staff members at Wartburg in Mount Vernon. Photo Credit: Contributed

Hollywood has come to Westchester, as a senior housing provider served as the backdrop for a popular CBS-TV drama for several weeks.

The cast and crew of “Madam Secretary” recently filmed several scenes at various sites at Wartburg’s 34-acre campus in Mount Vernon, including shots that include some of the seniors that call Mount Vernon home.

During the two week shooting period, scenes were shot that include a yoga scene in Wartburg’s meadow, star Tim Day’s character speaking with an informant in the Juanita Friedrichs Rotunda, the facade of the Rehabilitation Center and several other prominent buildings and locations at Wartburg’s campus.

The contingency of television elite included stars Tea Leoni, Daly, Keith Carradine, BeBe Neuwirth and more than 100 crew members from the production team.

According to officials, “Madam Secretary” stars Leoni as Elizabeth McCord, the “shrewd, determined Secretary of State who drives international diplomacy, battles office politics and circumvents protocol as she negotiates global and domestic issues, both at the White House and at home.”

“The cast and crew of Madam Secretary were delightful with our staff and residents.  We were excited to welcome them to our beautiful campus," Angela Ciminello, Vice President of Development and Marketing at Wartburg stated. "It was amazing to see how a television series is filmed especially with Wartburg's campus as the backdrop."

The scenes will be featured in episodes three and four of season four, which are scheduled to air on Sunday, Oct. 22 and Oct. 29.

"Wartburg's blend of modern and historic buildings and room for various staging activities has always made it an ideal location for photography and film," Wartburg's President David Gentner added. "The cast and crew of Madam Secretary were extremely professional and a real pleasure to host.  The show certainly has a few new fans on this campus."

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