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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 unlikely friendship with a journalist (Carla Gugino) who has spent her career tearing Elaine down. Burstyn will play Elaine's mother, Margaret, a tough and witty woman who was a one-time Vegas showgirl.

Carla Gugino to star opposite Sigourney Weaver in USA's Political Animals