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'Political Animals' is done at USA: Miniseries won't be extended

It has been a rough week for USA's marginally rated series. "Political Animals" is the latest of the cable channel's shows to get the ax, following the cancellations of freshman series "Common Law" and second-year show "Fairly Legal.""Political Animals" is a somewhat different, uh, animal than the other two shows in that it was billed as a miniseries. Still, its finale was open-ended enough to allow for the possibility of a second season. That's not happening now."We are proud of 'Political Animals,' our miniseries that attracted critical acclaim and impacted the cultural conversation this summer. It was a pleasure to work with [executive producers] Greg Berlanti and Laurence Mark and a powerful cast led by Sigourney Weaver," USA says in a statement. "We look forward to collaborating again with these immensely talented creatives."TVLine first reported the news.The miniseries averaged about 2.1 million viewers in the same-day Nielsens, rising to 3.2 million in Live +7 ratings.... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/11/political-animals-is-done-at-usa-miniseries-wont-be-extended.html

Top Moments: Rihanna Cries with Oprah and Michael Westen Gets Burned… Again

Our top moments of the week: 11. Say It, Don't Spray It Award: It's finally time for the big Nutcracker performance at Fanny's dance studio, but since this is the summer finale of Bunheads , things can't go off without a hitch. Michelle tries her best to help the dancers get ready for the next act, but when she means to dose them with some extra hairspray, she accidentally sprays them all — and herself — with mace and finds herself in some major hot water with the dancers' parents. Was a little frizz really worth the trouble? 10. Empty Promises Award: When guests cancel a talk show appearance, most shows scramble to... http://www.tvguide.com/News/Moments-Rihanna-Cries-Oprah-1052320.aspx?rss=breakingnews

Interview: Political Animals’ Brittany Ishibashi Talks Playing Anne, Working With Sigourney Weaver & Loving Sci-Fi

Brittany Ishibashi shares a lot more with her character Anne Ogami than meets the eye. The  Political Animals  actress was able to speak with  TV Equals  in an exclusive interview about her character, some of the real-life events that helped her delve deeper into her character’s mindset, and how she feels about what it might be like for an outsider to be thrust into a political  dynasty. Read More... http://www.tvequals.com/2012/08/19/brittany-ishibashi-interview/  

Political Animals Finale “Resignation Day” Episode 6

USA Network’s new series  Political Animals  “Resignation Day” Episode 6  on Sunday August 19 at 10/9c. Episode Synopsis: President Garcetti throws a wrench in Elaine’s plan to resign from his cabinet. Tensions fly at the Washington  Globe when Elaine’s resignation letter is leaked. Douglas decides to come clean to Elaine about his betrayal, and makes an impulsive decision. Meanwhile, an unforeseen event leaves the Hammonds—and the country—at a crossroads. Read More... http://www.tvequals.com/2012/08/19/political-animals-finale-resignation-day-episode-6/  

'Political Animals' Sigourney Weaver: Women 'bascially are practical human beings'

Zap2it: How has it been to work with so many other strong actresses on "Political Animals"?Sigourney Weaver: There's very little posturing or controlling or intimidation. It's much more about inclusion and team building, so I think it's a chance for us to tell the story of how women deal differently and more directly and more practically, because we basically are practical human beings.That's why I'm so pleased to be playing this character. I want to be part of saying to women, "We can do this, and we need to do this, and we need to do it now."Zap2it Were such other film-based actresses as Glenn Close, Holly Hunter and Kyra Sedgwick inspirations in your making a move into weekly television?Sigourney Weaver: You know, I don't really think like that. I was weighing a couple of movie offers, and it was really the material in this case. I do find TV very interesting, because it deals... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/08/political-animals-sigourney-weaver-women-bascially-are-practical-human-beings.html

'Political Animals' Star James Wolk Previews Climactic Finale and a Hasty Life Decision (Video)

The actor, who called his alter-ego Douglas Hammond "confused," dropped by THR's Cover Lounge to chat up Sunday's finale. http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/i77xuVW-xik/story01.htm

Top Moments: Breaking Bad's Trainwreck and Al Roker Throws Matt Lauer Under the Bus

Our top moments of the week: 14. Mr. Wrong Award: Never go out again with a guy who sleeps with you and then goes MIA for three months. Maura never gets that memo on Rizzoli & Isles , as her on-again beau Dennis (guest star Eddie Cibrian ) turns out to be the serial killer that Jane has been tracking. As police burst into his home, interrupting their "date," Dennis takes Maura hostage and explains that she ... http://www.tvguide.com/News/TopMoments-Breaking-Bad-Today-Roker-Lauer-1052054.aspx?rss=breakingnews

Political Animals “16 Hours” Episode 5

USA Network’s new series  Political Animals  “16 Hours” Episode 5 airs on Sunday August 12 at 10/9c. Episode Synopsis: In the aftermath of T.J.’s overdose, Elaine finds herself torn between staying by her son’s side and handling the rescue of a Chinese submarine. Bud discovers the truth behind T.J.’s suicide attempt last December, and takes matters into his own hands. In exchange for keeping Susan quiet on T.J.’s overdose, Elaine grants her unlimited access to the submarine rescue mission, placing her at the front of the action, and leaving Douglas to cross a boundary that could jeopardize his future. Read More... http://www.tvequals.com/2012/08/12/political-animals-16-hours-episode-5/  

Political Animals “Lost Boys” Episode 4

USA Network’s new series   Political Animals  “Lost Boys” Episode 4  airs on Sunday August 5 at 10/9c. Episode Synopsis : After a grueling overseas tour, Elaine returns to D.C. to find the country in a diplomatic crisis, which leaves her sparring with the Garcetti administration, driving her to make an important decision. On the night of his club opening, T.J. struggles to find support from his family and recalls events that led to his suicide attempt last December. Meanwhile, Anne accidentally reveals Elaine’s political  intentions, and Douglas, strong-armed by Susan, continues to grapple with his betrayal. Read More... http://www.tvequals.com/2012/08/05/political-animals-lost-boys-episode-4/  

Political Animals: What Went Wrong with Elaine Barrish

After I realized Political Animals wasn't a pet-themed reality show and was actually about an empowered female politician, I was beyond thrilled. Any miniseries — forgive me, "television event" — that could lure Oscar-nominee Sigourney Weaver to the small screen has to be great, right? Well, yes and no. Only about 20 minutes into the premiere and I began to realize how misguided I'd been. Political Animals isn't about a strong female in government. It's just another prime-time soap featuring a woman whose power is her sexuality and whose weakness is men (yawn). Weaver stars as... http://www.tvguide.com/News/Political-Animals-Elaine-1051600.aspx?rss=breakingnews
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