Hail to the Chief (all five of them on TV)

April 25, 2015 8:02 PM

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Hail to the Chief (all five of them on TV)

On television, the presidency is a growth industry, as five very different chief executives — three men and two women — play significant roles this season on a broad range of shows: ABC's Scandal, CBS' Madam Secretary, HBO's Veep, Netflix's House of Cards and NBC's Katherine Heigl drama, State of Affairs.

"I think the idea of how power is acquired and then wielded is a source of endless fascination for the public," says Keith Carradine, who plays President Conrad Dalton on Secretary (Sundays, 8 p.m. ET/PT). "All the American public gets, for the most part, is a surface (view). Most people are percept...

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