May 18, 2012 at 12:59 am #244391
Didn’t see this posted anywhere, so I figured I’d create a thread for the show while I’m at it. I CANNOT wait to see Weaver and Burstyn, who both look fantastic in the trailer. Love that TV is getting flooded with Queens.May 18, 2012 at 5:03 am #244393
Looks like Sigourney Weaver plays Hillary Clinton, minus the divorce. Ellen Burstyn’s role seems fun and sassy. And it won’t be a USA show without Matt Bomer or Patrick J. Adams, or in this case, James Wolk and Sebastian Stan.
So this is a 6-episode TV series, right? I saw some other sources listing it as a miniseries.
Dylan Baker also lands a recurring role as the Vice President. This will probably be another dark, shady character for this guy, but good for him anyway!May 18, 2012 at 5:31 am #244394
Looks really good, not your typical USA show. If the shows goes drama series then Weaver has locked up Globe, SAG and Emmy. If it goes mini-series/TV movie then she’s locked up only Emmy and have to fight with Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman for Globe and SAG. I hope it goes drama (she needs some awards recognition). Yeah, I’m already talking about possible awards. lolMay 18, 2012 at 5:35 am #244395
I liked this trailer. I guess it’s Sigourney Weaver’s time to go for a cable show too…I agree that the trailer does show an automatic Globe win for drama series….is there anybody from the new shows this fall that looks like they could beat her?May 18, 2012 at 6:18 am #244396
There’s Connie Britton in “Nashville” but I do not see HFPA awarding her. Nomination yes, win no. Sigourney didn’t win a Globe in 25 years, she’s due for another one. She has everything going for her: she’s a movie star doing cable show, the show is about politics (fall’s gonna be all about them) and her show looks very spicy. That’s why I opt for going drama, even if it’s gonna be one season deal.June 2, 2012 at 12:16 pm #244397
Vanessa Redgrave to Play Lesbian Supreme Court Justice on USA’s “Political
USA Network’s upcoming series “Political Animals” has tapped Vanessa Redgrave
for a provocative guest stint. The Oscar-winning actress will play Diane Nash,
a lesbian Supreme Court Justice, the first openly gay member of the Court who
is friend and mentor to Elaine Barrish (Sigourney Weaver). Greg Berlanti and
Laurence Mark’s six-episode series centers on Elaine, a former First Lady and
presidential candidate who tries to keep her family together while simultaneously
dealing with crises of the State Department and a hungry DC journalist (Carla
Gugino) bent on destroying her. In addition to Weaver, Redgrave joins fellow
Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn on “Political Animals” for a tour de force acting
trio that has 15 Academy Award nominations among them.June 2, 2012 at 12:40 pm #244398
When I have read about this show I have read that it is a series and other time I have read that it is a miniseries, does anyone know for sure what this actually is? Or maybe USA is waiting to see how well it does before it truly identifies what it is.June 2, 2012 at 1:47 pm #244399
I think the show is a series, especially after Vanessa Redgrave was listed as a guest star. There’s no guest star in a miniseries, is there? Some say it’s a miniseries probably because it contains only 6 episodes.
I seriously hope the writing lives up to these acting goddesses’ caliber.
Here’s the First Look:June 2, 2012 at 3:17 pm #244400
As the news of Political Animals being green-lit by USA was
released, several news organisations labeled the six part event as USA
Network’s new “mini-series.” Sources at USA Network tell me that the
phrase is one that was bandied around by the media and not one USA ever
used. Indeed, going back and looking at the press release announcing the
series, the term USA Network used was “six hour drama series.”
So what does that really mean? I’m told that the series will be treated like the network’s other new addition this year, Common Law,
meaning that, assuming it pulls in good ratings, the series will be
under consideration for a second season. In short, the project was
green-lit (without a pilot) straight-to-series so they could get it on
air before the end of summer 2012 and is no different to AMC’s six
episode order for The Walking Dead‘s first season; a mini-season, not necessarily a mini-series.
This is interesting hahahaJuly 10, 2012 at 4:16 am #244401
So the reviews say Weaver is outstanding (very unsurprising). Can we already say she’s locked up for that Globe and SAG? As for the series they’re very favorable too. So I’m expecting it to take drama series Globe. USA might become very happy in January.July 10, 2012 at 7:40 am #244402
I’m beyond excited for this series, miniseries, whatever you would like to call it. I do have a problem with the promos though — they don’t seem to really let people unfamiliar with the concept know what it is about.July 10, 2012 at 7:49 am #244403
I’m not sure if you’ve seen this video before, uncreativename, but I thought it provided a great insight to some of the series and some of Weaver’s ideas and acting choices. It’s definitely the best promotional video I’ve seen for the series thus far:
Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.July 10, 2012 at 8:22 am #244404
When I have read about this show I have read that it is a series and other time I have read that it is a miniseries, does anyone know for sure what this actually is? Or maybe USA is waiting to see how well it does before it truly identifies what it is.
OMG! It is neither a series or a limited series. It is a test run; a limited series run. USA has done this twice with The 4400 and The Starter Wife. Both were successful and ordered to series. But each of their limited first runs competed in the miniseries category. These first six episodes will follow the same path. They’ll compete in miniseries next year and, if more episodes are ordered, it’ll compete in the series categories years following. The 4400 was submitted to Outstanding Drama Series in 2006, 2007, and 2008 after being nominted for Outstanding Miniseries in 2005. The Starter Wife was submitted to Outstanding Comedy Series in 2008 after being nominated for Outstanding Miniseries in 2007.July 10, 2012 at 8:30 am #244405
The promo PianoMann posted is very promising. But I’m not sure if it represents the show for what it really is, which I believe is more of a family drama with politic elements instead of the other way around. The show’s creator, Greg Berlanti, was a producer of Brothers & Sisters and Dirty Sexy Money, so I kinda expect the show to be in that vein, which could turn out to be a good show, just doesn’t look like a serious Emmy contender in drama categories (if there’s season 2), except for Weaver and Burstyn. Well, we’ll find out soon enough what the show is like.