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.

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  1. Michael Sacal says:

    She played God in Eli Stone.

  2. Linderella says:

    This series sounds like it has plenty of potential. Loved her in Dave – what a fun movie!

  3. Sam says:

    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?

  4. Kate says:

    This sounds funny and I think Sigourney will do great things with the part!

    Wonder what Bill and Hill will think…

  5. Josh says:

    And just like that, this became the show to watch..

  6. Tommy says:


    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.

  7. pv says:

    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.

  8. Chris says:

    “…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.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      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 ;)

  9. Bella says:

    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?

  10. Tunya Vereen says:

    Twins are

  11. Tunya Vereen says:

    Twins are not always identical there are fraternal twins that’s why Arnold and Danny could play twins in the movie “Twins”.

  12. Rex says:

    Let me guess…and this is a reach, I know, but….it will be written, directed, produced, and acted in by hyper liberals?

  13. Tarc says:

    Weaver + Wolk = genius (as long as the writing is good)