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"Political Animals" review by Suzanne
Premieres July 15th Sunday 10/9c on USA Network

I got to see the first episode of this new mini-series. I enjoyed it, and Sigourney Weaver is always great. She plays a Hillary Clinton-like figure. The show is like West Wing, but it's not quite as good. It's basically a pretty good soap opera.

Sigourney Weaver plays Elaine Barrish, who lost her run for the presidency and becomes secretary of state. Her husband is supposed to be like Bill Clinton in that he is a womanizing, two-term popular president from the south. However, he seems to lack Bill's handsomeness or charisma. She divorces him and decides to run again. Irishman Ciaran Hinds plays the former president, and to me, he is the weakest part of the show. For one thing, I can't understand a word he's saying. I guess he's putting on a Southern accent, but it's very bad.  He seems badly cast.

Barrish has two sons, one of them gay. This is the other thing I didn't like - I can't tell the two sons apart. The other one who's not gay is getting married. His fiancee has a big secret. It's a good soap with lots of secrets and great characters.  Adrian Pasdar plays the current president, much like the character he played in "Heroes" but without the super powers. The other great cast members include Ellen Burnstyn, Vanessa Redgrave, and Dylan Baker.

It's worth watching, and I can't wait to see what happens after the first episode!

More Information:

NEXT WEEK ON USA…

WORLD PREMIERE OF EVENT SERIES "POLITICAL ANIMALS"

SUNDAY, JULY 15
POLITICAL ANIMALS – “PILOT” – 10/9c – SERIES PREMIERE & LIMITED COMMERCIALS
To protect a dark family secret, secretary of state Elaine Barrish (Sigourney Weaver) agrees to have hungry D.C. journalist Susan Berg (Carla Gugino) follow her for the week of her son Douglas’s (James Wolk) engagement party. Elaine grapples with seeing her ex-husband, former president Bud Hammond (Ciarán Hinds), for the first time in two years, and suspects her other son, T.J. (Sebastian Stan), might be in trouble. Meanwhile, a hostage crisis in Iran drives her to make a momentous decision for the future of her family and her career.

Guest stars: Adrian Pasdar, Roger Bart, Dylan Baker, Dan Futterman, Linda Powel and Meghann Fahy

UPDATE: I enjoyed watching the series. It was compelling drama. However, some of it was predictable or over-the-top or we've seen it done better elsewhere. I'm sure it must be really hard to live up to the bar that "West Wing" set.

The series ends tonight with a whopper of a cliff-hanger. Since they advertised this as a "limited run" series, it really should have more of an ending. I hope it comes back so we can see what happened.

Tune in!

SUNDAY, AUGUST 19
POLITICAL ANIMALS “Resignation Day” – 10/9c – SEASON FINALE
President Garcetti (Adrian Pasdar) throws a wrench in Elaine’s (Sigourney Weaver) plan to resign from his cabinet. Tensions fly at the Washington Globe when Elaine’s resignation letter is leaked. Douglas (James Wolk) decides to come clean to Elaine about his betrayal, and makes an impulsive decision. Meanwhile, an unforeseen event leaves the Hammonds—and the country—at a crossroads.
Guest stars: Adrian Pasdar, Dylan Baker, Dan Futterman, Meghann Fahy, Kristine Nielsen
Series regulars: Sigourney Weaver, Ellen Burstyn, Carla Gugino, Ciarán Hinds, James Wolk, Sebastian Stan, Brittany Ishibashi
Social TV: The Washington Globe, www.washingtonglobenews.com, features the fictional character of Susan Berg (as played by Carla Gugino), the Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist whose publication chronicles the dramatic public and personal lives of the Hammond family. The digital newspaper uses multiple platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, to give fans fresh content every day, including columns by Berg, feature stories about the Hammonds, funny pages and Dirty Washington, a gossip column hosted by Georgia Gibbons, as played by Meghann Fahy.


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