Last night, a new six-part limited series called ‘Political Animals‘ premiered on the USA Network (Bravo in Canada) and I absolutely loved it. The show centers around Elaine Barrish Hammond (played by Sigourney Weaver) who is the current Secretary of State, former First Lady and failed presidential candidate. By the end of the hour and a half premiere, we learn that she wants to make another run at the White House.
The series shows all of the things that goes on behind closed doors that voters would be shocked about. Many families are dysfunctional in one way or another, and one that is in the public eye with so much power and privilege at their disposal is no exception. Ellen Burstyn is amazing as Elaine’s jaded mother, while the sexy Sebastian Stan is perfect for the roll of her troubled gay son. I also really enjoyed Carla Gugino as the reporter who once was seen as an enemy by the Hammond family but now seems to be becoming a new ally for Elaine.
As I mentioned earlier, at the end the episode, Elaine reveals to her driver/security that she’s going to be running for president again and this time she plans on winning. I thought the way they showed what had happened in the past with her last campaign as well as other key incidents a perfect way to set up the series. I’m so looking forward to seeing how the story rolls out.
What did you think of the new series? Will you be watching next week?