USA's upcoming limited run drama series Political Animals (set to premiere this summer) just improved it's chances by casting two heavy hitting women in it's lead roles. Deadline.com reports that Sigourney Weaver (star of such iconic franchises as Ghostbusters and Aliens) and Carla Gugino (Spy Kids and Sin City) have signed on to play the leadiing ladies in this "fictional look at a former first family that exposes a dynasty weakened by political ambition, lust and greed."
The series centers around Weaver's character of Elaine Barrish "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." Her attempts to keep her broken family intact and sucessfully perform the myriad duties of her new office are complicated by Gugino's character of Susan Berg "a hungry Pulitzer Prize-winning DC journalist bent on destroying her career."
This project will mark the former Ellen Ripley's first ever excursion into series television. As a long time fan of Weaver's work and a politically interested person, I find myself instantly drawn to this series. The Barrish character also seems to be clearly inspired by Hillary Clinton, which just makes the direction they decide to take things even more interesting. Add on the always entertaining Gugino (who's just coming off an absolutely scorching turn as Hank's lawyer Abbie Rhoads on the last season of Californication) and you're just sweetening the deal.
Will you cast a vote with your remote for Political Animals when it premieres? Or has the endless election cycle made you never want to watch a show about D.C. ever again?
P.S. Am I the only one hoping Gugino's character tries to sleep with Weaver's ex leading to her shouting "Get away from him you bitch!"?