'Political Animals': Sigourney Weaver and Carla Gugino shake up Washington politics

The makers of a new miniseries, including one of the year's most impressive television casts, have America's political parties to thank for it coming together so fast.Executive producer Greg Berlanti ("Brothers & Sisters") admits this being an election year was a huge factor in his rapid development -- and USA Network's quick purchase -- of "Political Animals," which begins a weekly run Sunday, July 15. The drama boasts a rare home-screen appearance by Sigourney Weaver as a maritally troubled former first lady and failed presidential candidate who becomes secretary of state.If that sounds somewhat familiar, let it be noted the character is fictional, indicated by her demand for a divorce from her ex-president husband (Ciaran Hinds) early in the premiere episode. However, his charisma and connections keep him useful to her in matters of international diplomacy ... again, fiction in this case.The secretary also has a problem in a reporter (Carla Gugino) who "won a...



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