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.

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  1. evs says:

    sounds suspiciously like Borgen – which rocks

  2. Jack says:

    Fits in line with USA’s motto, “Characters Welcome”. Lots of characters in politics…

  3. Mike says:

    No mention of Everwood? Sad.

  4. matthew c says:

    sounds a lot like a fictionalized version of Hillary Clinton.

  5. Tay says:

    I don’t know if it’s just me but Monk’s Traylor Howard would be perfect for the role.

  6. pv says:

    Sounds great! I love that there are two female leads.

  7. JP says:

    How about Allison Janney for the lead?

  8. Tony says:

    Didn’t Berlanti do “Jack and Bobby” too?