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

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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.



Comments (13)

  • sounds suspiciously like Borgen – which rocks

    Comment by evs – January 30, 2012 09:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Fits in line with USA’s motto, “Characters Welcome”. Lots of characters in politics…

    Comment by Jack – January 30, 2012 09:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No mention of Everwood? Sad.

    Comment by Mike – January 30, 2012 09:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • sounds a lot like a fictionalized version of Hillary Clinton.

    Comment by matthew c – January 30, 2012 10:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Except she’s still married, and has no children at home to ‘keep together’. So, no, it doesn’t sound like Clinton.

      Comment by Tarc – January 30, 2012 10:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Ok, but a first lady with a troubled marriage who becomes secretary of state? How many people have that resume?

        Comment by John – January 30, 2012 11:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • She was the first one who popped to mind when I read the article

          Comment by jules – January 31, 2012 09:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t know if it’s just me but Monk’s Traylor Howard would be perfect for the role.

    Comment by Tay – January 30, 2012 10:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sounds great! I love that there are two female leads.

    Comment by pv – January 30, 2012 10:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How about Allison Janney for the lead?

    Comment by JP – January 30, 2012 11:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes her as Barrish and Traylor Howard as Berg

      Comment by Tay – January 30, 2012 12:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Oh my God, yes!! I was just thinking how it could fill the void West Wing’s ending left in my heart.

      Comment by Cari – January 30, 2012 12:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Didn’t Berlanti do “Jack and Bobby” too?

    Comment by Tony – January 30, 2012 01:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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