Casting News: Ellen Burstyn Joins USA's Political Animals, Parenthood Actress to Army Wives

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Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn has joined the cast of USA Network’s upcoming drama series Political Animals.

Army Wives Plots Life Goes On Reunion

Debuting this summer, the six-episode D.C.-based project from executive producers Greg Berlanti (Dirty Sexy Money) and Laurence Mark (Jerry Maguire) centers around newly-appointed Secretary of State Elaine Barrish (played by Sigourney Weaver).

Burstyn will play Margaret Barrish, the mother of Weaver’s character and a former Vegas showgirl. She is described as a tough Chicago broad with a biting tongue and sharp wit who’s the first one to open a bottle of booze to help her daughter through a political evening.

As previously announced, the cast also includes Lone Star‘s James Wolk and Gossip Girl‘s Sebastian Stan as polar-opposite twin brothers, Brittany Ishibashi (Ghostfacers) as Wolk’s fiancée, Carla Gugino (Entourage) as a journalist hellbent on destroying Barrish’s career, and Ciarán Hinds (Rome) as a jovial former president (and Elaine’s ex-husband).

In other casting news, Parenthood‘s Skyler Day, who portrays Drew’s girlfriend on NBC’s family drama, has been tapped as the daughter of Kelli Williams’ character on Lifetime’s Army Wives, per The Hollywood Reporter.



Comments (8)

  • A stellar cast for Politcal Animals. I hope it turns out to be a great show.

    Comment by Ben – April 14, 2012 04:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • i am gonna be on the show!!! as an extra ill be asking the one woman a question

      Comment by harlie – April 22, 2012 09:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This makes me think of how much I miss Jack and Bobby, the only other Greg Berlanti show I liked besides Everwood. Anyhow I am excited for this show.

    Comment by Mick – April 14, 2012 07:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well if Parenthood is renewed for a fourth season, I guess Drew will be looking for a new girlfriend. ;)

    Comment by robinepowell – April 15, 2012 06:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Burstyn will play Margaret Barrish, the mother of Weaver’s character and a former Vegas showgirl.

    Comment by Renita Harley – April 15, 2012 11:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • open a bottle of booze to help her daughter through a political evening.

    Comment by Chadwick Zamora – April 16, 2012 12:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i do enjoy the way you have framed this particular matter.

    Comment by hohi – May 25, 2012 02:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i do enjoy the manner in which you have presented this particular matter.

    Comment by hohi – May 26, 2012 01:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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