Foreign Policy

She plays an ambassador, so she’ll spend most of the series waiting for Senate confirmation, right?

Keri Russell is set to star in the new series as a career Foreign Service officer appointed the U.S. ambassador to London. | Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP Photo

The first clue that an upcoming Netflix show called “The Diplomat” is fiction is that the main character — played by Keri Russell of “The Americans” fame — is a career Foreign Service officer appointed the U.S. ambassador to Britain.

That almost never happens. In the real world, the perch atop one of America’s most vital embassies — one housing so many U.S. agencies that it’s practically a mini-U.S. government abroad — usually goes to a rich person who helped fund the president’s campaign and can throw a big party. And that person is nearly always a man.

Still, despite its eyebrow-raising elements, the show, which is in production, is stirring buzz among America’s thousands of career diplomats. Some have already offered expertise to the show’s creators. Given the bad news they face daily, why not root for a show that glamorizes their profession with a lead actress like Russell?

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