Scoop: USA Network Greenlights Political Miniseries From Brothers & Sisters' Greg Berlanti

It’s no longer politics as usual at USA Network.

In a major programming departure, the cabler — home of decidedly lighter drama fare like Psych, Burn Notice and Royal Pains — has greenlit a six-hour miniseries from onetime Brothers & Sisters savoir Greg Berlanti about a fictional former first family in turmoil.

Titled Political Animals, the project will focus on Elaine Barrish, a divorced former First Lady and current Secretary of State as she struggles to keep her family together while simultaneously dealing with the crises of the State Department. She finds an unlikely ally in Susan Berg, a famous D.C. journalist who has spent her career tearing Elaine down.

“We’ve been chasing Greg for years,” said USA Network co-president Jeff Wachtel. “We can’t think of a better partner to be working with as we expand the storytelling reach of the network.”

Berlanti wrote and will direct the pilot and serves as executive producer along with Laurence Mark.