Scoop: Sigourney Weaver to Headline USA Network's Political Animals

Sigourney Weaver, having previously played a First Lady on the big screen in Dave, is heading back into the political arena as the star of Political Animals, a series debuting on USA Network this summer.

Produced by Greg Berlanti (Dirty Sexy Money) and Laurence Mark (Jerry Maguire), the six-hour series finds Weaver playing Elaine Barrish, a divorced former First Lady who immerses herself in her new job as Secretary of State as she rebounds from the dissolution of her marriage and losing the presidential nomination.

As she does so, Barrish leans heavily on her son Doug (played by Lone Star‘s James Wolk), an ambitious politico who serves as her chief of staff but is tormented by his yet-to-be-cast twin brother’s struggles with addiction. Brittany Ishibashi (Ghostfacers) plays Doug’s fiancée.

Also in Barrish’s orbit are her philandering ex-husband (who is still in love with her) and an aggressive D.C. journalist bent on destroying her career.

A two-time Golden Globe winner and a multiple Oscar nominee, Weaver’s limited recent TV credits include the 2009 Lifetime movie Prayers for Bobby, for which she earned an Emmy nod, and the role of a therapist/God in an episode of Berlanti’s Eli Stone.



Comments (15)

  • She played God in Eli Stone.

    Comment by Michael Sacal – March 6, 2012 04:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This series sounds like it has plenty of potential. Loved her in Dave – what a fun movie!

    Comment by Linderella – March 6, 2012 05:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Matt, is this a set mini-series, or is it more of a “backdoor” mini-series like a lot of British television shows (Downton Abbey, The Hour) have? Is there a possibility for a continuation, or is this going to be it?

    Comment by Sam – March 6, 2012 05:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This sounds funny and I think Sigourney will do great things with the part!

    Wonder what Bill and Hill will think…

    Comment by Kate – March 6, 2012 05:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • And just like that, this became the show to watch..

    Comment by Josh – March 6, 2012 07:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Couldn’t of said it better myself.

      Comment by dee123 – March 7, 2012 04:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sam

    This is a 6 episode first season order that USA “hopes can continue for many years to. come”. Think “the 4400″ another USA show that had a first season 6 episode order without a pilot that had 3 additional 13 episode seasons due to its success.

    Comment by Tommy – March 6, 2012 07:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well this is fantastic!! Sigourney is spectacular and USA Network has a well-earned reputation of producing addicting and entertaining shows.

    A great combination. Cannot wait to see it.

    Comment by pv – March 6, 2012 07:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “…is tormented by his yet-to-be-cast twin brother’s struggles…”

    Please tell me the author of this article is joking. Twin brothers would either be played by twins or the same actor playing both parts! Wow.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love Sigourney. Love love love. This is going to be great. The author of this article…uh…needs some help.

    Comment by Chris – March 6, 2012 08:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • A different actor will be playing the brother; allow this article’s author to introduce you to his fraternal twin 9-year-old sons someday ;)

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – March 6, 2012 09:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love Sigourney Weaver – I’ve been a fan since her “Alien” days. Her character sounds like a re-imagining of Hillary Clinton, doesn’t it?

    Comment by Bella – March 7, 2012 08:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Twins are

    Comment by Tunya Vereen – March 7, 2012 09:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Twins are not always identical there are fraternal twins that’s why Arnold and Danny could play twins in the movie “Twins”.

    Comment by Tunya Vereen – March 7, 2012 09:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Let me guess…and this is a reach, I know, but….it will be written, directed, produced, and acted in by hyper liberals?

    Comment by Rex – March 7, 2012 09:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Weaver + Wolk = genius (as long as the writing is good)

    Comment by Tarc – March 7, 2012 09:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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