USA Drama "Political Animals," With Sigourney Weaver, Ellen Burstyn, Carla Gugino, Will Premiere in July

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03 May 2012

Ellen Burstyn
Ellen Burstyn
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"Political Animals," the upcoming USA drama that stars Tony nominee Sigourney Weaver (Hurlyburly) as a former First Lady, will premiere on the network July 15 at 10 PM ET.

As previously reported, the six-episode drama is created by Greg Berlanti, Laurence Mark and Warner Horizon.

Also in the cast are Tony Award winner Ellen Burstyn (Same Time, Next Year), Kristine Nielsen (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), James Wolk, Sebastian Stan (Talk Radio), Brittany Ishibashi, Ciarán Hinds (The Seafarer), Carla Gugino (The Road to Mecca) and Adrian Pasdar.

The series "is a fictional look at a former first family that exposes a dynasty weakened by political ambition, lust and greed. It centers on Elaine Barrish (Weaver), the divorced former First Lady and newly appointed Secretary of State who throws herself into the job after recovering from the dissolution of her marriage and losing the presidential nomination. Barrish relies heavily on her son Doug (Wolk), an ambitious politico who serves as her chief of staff, but is tormented by his twin brother's struggles with addiction. With a philandering ex-husband (Hinds) who is still as much in love with her as the office he once held, she attempts to keep her family together, while simultaneously dealing with crises of the State Department and a hungry DC journalist (Gugino) bent on destroying her career."

Burstyn will play Elaine's mother, Margaret Barrish, a tough Chicago broad and one-time Vegas showgirl.

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