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On the Set: Uncovering the Secrets of Political Animals

Political Animals

Usually, the secretary of state keeps company with foreign dignitaries in exotic, far-flung locales, not Teamsters in the shell of a business park by the Philadelphia International Airport. Then again, this Madame Secretary has saved the planet from some really illegal aliens before taking office, so who are we to judge?

As Political Animals' former First Lady-turned-Secretary of State Elaine Barrish Hammond, Sigourney Weaver is back in badass form, only on a civic-duty level rather than a sci-fi one. And although she has three names and a philandering ex-husband, Elaine is not based on you-know-who. "I had to get over the slight feeling of, 'Oh, it's Hillary,' which she really isn't," says Weaver, citing inspiration from countless women in power, including a childhood headmistress and... read more

USA's Political Animals Elects Heroes' Adrian Pasdar

Adrian Pasdar

Hail to the Chief this summer on USA!

The cable network has added former Heroes star Adrian Pasdar to play the recurring role of the President of the United States in its six-hour event drama Political Animals, it was announced Wednesday...

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USA's Political Animals Swears In Dan Futterman and Roger Bart

Roger Bart, Dan Futterman

Dan Futterman and Roger Bart are the latest to jump on board USA's Political Animals, TVGuide.com has confirmed.

The six-part miniseries, from Greg Berlanti  (Brothers & Sisters, Everwood), stars Sigourney Weaver as Elaine Barrish, a... read more

Ellen Burstyn Joins USA's Political Animals

Ellen Burstyn

Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn has joined USA's miniseries Political Animals, the network announced.

Set to premiere this summer, the six-part series will focus on Elaine Barrish (Sigourney Weaver), a divorced former first lady and current Secretary of State who struggles to keep her family together as she deals with the State Department's crises. She strikes an ...
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Casting About: Wilhelmina's Beau Is Tim Riggins' Pa

The Ausiello Report scooped on Monday afternoon that Ugly Betty's Brett Cullen has been cast as Tim Riggins' estranged dad on Friday Night Lights. Click here for a bit more.... Comedienne/Biggest Loser host Caroline Rhea and Sam Huntington (Superman Returns' Jimmy Olsen) have joined the cast of Fox's Two Dreadful Children, voicing the mother and one of the twins, respectively.... Brittany Ishibashi, a guest star on this week's The Office, has joined the cast of the Lifetime pilot The Madness of Ava, starring Ever Carradine as a "female House." read more

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