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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
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!
NEXT WEEK ON USA…
WORLD PREMIERE OF EVENT SERIES "POLITICAL ANIMALS"
SUNDAY, JULY 15
POLITICAL ANIMALS – “PILOT” – 10/9c – SERIES PREMIERE &
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
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.
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
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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