USA Network mixes politics and family in new ‘Political Animals’


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Just in time for the presidential election, USA Network announced Monday its upcoming mini-series “Political Animals.’

Slated for a summer release, the six-hour drama will center on a fictional former first family in turmoil. Elain Barrish is a former first lady divorcee and current secretary of State who is juggling her political duties with family life.


Greg Berlanti (Brothers & Sisters’ and “Dirty Sexy Money”) wrote and will direct the pilot and serve as executive producer of the series along with veteran producer Laurence Mark (“Dreamgirls,” “Jerry Maguire).

‘Political Animals’ signals a more serious turn for the network, which has built a successful slate of blue-sky programming with programs such as ‘Burn Notice’ and ‘White Collar.’

No casting decisions have been made.


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