Scoop: Carla Gugino Joins USA Network's Political Animals

Carla Gugino is the latest familiar face to join USA Network’s upcoming drama series Political Animals.

From executive producers Greg Berlanti (Dirty Sexy Money) and Laurence Mark (Jerry Maguire), the six-hour D.C.-based project, which is slated to premiere this summer, centers on a fractured First Family in midst of a political and personal crisis.

Gugino joins the impressive ensemble as a Pulitzer Prize-winning  journalist who is hellbent on destroying the career of former First Lady and newly appointed Secretary of State Elaine Barrish (played by Sigourney Weaver).

As previously announced, Lone Star’s James Wolk will play Barrish’s ambitious son-slash-chief of staff, while Brittany Ishibashi (Ghostfacers) is set to co-star as his fiancée.

Gugino — whose previous TV credits include Entourage, Californication and a recent appearance on Justified — recently wrapped her run in the acclaimed Broadway production Road to Mecca.