Political Animals

Political Animals – The Complete Series

by Alan Rapp on August 6, 2013

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Political Animals - The Complete SeriesDespite hopes to expand the original six-episode mini-series, Political Animals ended after its initial run. The series focused on the soapy behind-the-scenes drama of the family of former First Lady and current Secretary of State Elaine Barrish (Sigourney Weaver doing her best Hillary Clinton impression). Over the course of the mini-series Barrish would butt heads with the current President (Adrian Pasdar) who she considers running against in the next election, and deal with family drama mostly tied to her ex-husband the charming but lecherous former President (Ciarán Hinds) and drug-addicted gay son (James Wolk).

The rest of the cast included Elaine’s dutiful son and Chief of Staff T.J. (Sebastian Stan), T.J.’s bulimic fiance Anne (Brittany Ishibashi), Elaine’s sassy drunk mother (Ellen Burstyn), and newswoman Susan Berg (Carla Gugino) whose acrimonious relationship with the Barrish softened over the course of the series. We also saw a hostage crisis in Iran, a sinking Chinese nuclear sub off the coast of San Diego, and the gearing up of Barrish’s second Presidential campaign.

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Political Animals – Resignation Day

by Alan Rapp on August 22, 2012

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As the first season of Political Animals comes to an end (so much for being a “limited series event”) Elaine (Sigourney Weaver) is hit from all sides as news of her resignation is leaked to the press, President Garcetti (Adrian Pasdar) asks her once again to consider becoming his Vice President, and Douglas (James Wolk) comes clean to his mother about telling Susan (Carla Gugino) about her plans to run against Garcetti.

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Political Animals – 16 Hours

by Alan Rapp on August 14, 2012

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In exchange for her burying the story of T.J.’s (Sebastian Stan) latest drug overdose and suicide attempt Elaine (Sigourney Weaver) offers Susan (Carla Gugino) full access to the rescue mission of the 100 Chinese soldiers trapped aboard the nuclear submarine off the coast of San Diego. Her editor (Dan Futterman) smells a rat, but can’t argue too hard with one of the year’s biggest exclusives being handed to his paper on a silver platter.

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Political Animals – Lost Boys

by Alan Rapp on August 8, 2012

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Elaine (Sigourney Weaver) returns for Christmas with her family from a whirlwind tour from Siberia to Africa to a pair of shocking scandals involving the sinking of a Chinese nuclear sub off the coast of San Diego (that the Chinese have no intention of losing face by saving), and the discovery that the Vice President (Dylan Baker), in order to get an important piece of legislation passed, is going to blackmail a Republican Senator (David Monahan) about his secret relationship with T.J. (Sebastian Stan).

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  • Title: Political Animals – The Woman Problem
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At a private family dinner Elaine (Sigourney Weaver) announces to her mother (Ellen Burstyn) and sons that she intends to run against President Garcetti (Adrian Pasdar) in the next election. To help lay the foundation of his hush-hush campaign by getting the help of an old friend and pollster (Chris Ellis), Bud (Ciarán Hinds) sets out with Douglas (James Wolk) and T.J. (Sebastian Stan) under the guise of a fishing trip.

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