- 1 Season
Political Animals is a USA Network original series which will consist of six, one hour long shows. Sigourney Weaver stars as Elaine Barrish, an ex-first lady who is named Secretary of State by the new President. The drama starts for her when she asks for a divorce from her husband, who is the former President, after a history of him cheating on her. With her family falling apart and her political career struggling, she finds a friend in the journalist who was previously out to destroy her career and reputation. The show focuses on Elaine and how she deals with her political career and family issues. The main character in Political Animals contains many similarities to a real life former First Lady and Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton. However, cast members have said that any similarities are not meant to reflect the Clinton's family life and issues. Rather, the story of Political Animals is about all families who have entered the White House and the unique issues they face try and hide while in the public view. The producers wanted to show the lives of our politicians from a different angle than what the public is used to seeing and show that political families are not just smiling faces in a TV ad, they are people struggling with issues that most of the population will never face. Political Animals will take the viewer on an emotional journey. Elaine will struggle through many issues in her political career. At the same time, she tries to keep her family together. Elaine goes from seeming like a cold, reserved First Lady to a vibrant, loving mother and dedicated Secretary of State. Most of all, Political Animals shows the difficulties of juggling a family and intense political career leading the viewer to have a new found respect for the families that enter the White House.