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Posted at 08:17 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Sigourney Weaver plays First Lady turned Secy of State in USA series


Sigourney Weaver (Jamie McCarthy - GETTY IMAGES)
Sigourney Weaver will make her debut as a TV series regular in “Political Animals” — USA network’s drama series about a former First Family.

Tell us if any of this sounds vaguely familiar:

Back in January, USA announced it had bought a new series about the Fictional Former First Family, now on the verge of falling apart. At the epicenter of the drama is the divorced former First Lady, who’s the current Secretary of State, having recently lost the presidential nomination.

Elaine Barrish – that’s the name of Weaver’s character – has got a philandering ex-husband; she’s also got twin sons, and The Good One is her chief of staff. 

Barrish struggles to keep her family together while simultaneously dealing with the crises of the State Department.  USA had ordered six episodes of the series, for which it has just cast the actress best known for “Aliens,” and “Avatar,” and “Working Girl,” and “The Year of Living Dangerously.”

The series, slated for this coming summer, is produced by Greg Berlanti and Laurence Mark. Berlanti’s the co-creator/exec producer of that other “fictional (wink wink)” political drama series, “Jack & Bobby.” “J&B,” which debuted on WB in 2004, and was about two very Jack and Robert Kennedy-esque brothers, one of whom would become President of the United States, serving from 2041 to 2049. Their last name was McCallister.

Getting back to Former First Lady turned Secretary of State Barrish, she finds an unlikely ally in a famous D.C. journalist who has spent her career tearing down Elaine, named Susan Berg. Over six episodes it will expose the dark, human side of life, and the often disastrous effects of political ambition, exploring themes that resonate “in the current political landscape,” said the network owned by NBC Universal, which recently put Chelsea Clinton on the payroll.

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