via press release:
“POLITICAL ANIMALS” TO ANCHOR USA NETWORK SUMMER LINEUP
SIX-HOUR EVENT DRAMA PREMIERES SUNDAY, JULY 15, AT 10/9c
ADRIAN PASDAR JOINS STAR-STUDDED CAST IN RECURRING ROLE OPPOSITE SIGOURNEY WEAVER, CARLA GUGINO, CIARÁN HINDS, JAMES WOLK, SEBASTIAN STAN,
ELLEN BURSTYN AND BRITTANY ISHIBASHI
PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY ON PROJECT FROM GREG BERLANTI, LAURENCE MARK
AND WARNER HORIZON TELEVISION BEGINS IN PHILADELPHIA
NEW YORK – May 2, 2012 – POLITICAL ANIMALS – the television event of the summer – will premiere on Sunday, July 15, at 10/9c on USA Network. The highly anticipated six-hour event series about a former first family fighting political adversaries while struggling with their own powerful demons anchors the network’s blockbuster summer lineup of originals across five nights a week.
From Warner Horizon Television and acclaimed television and film producers Greg Berlanti (“Brothers & Sisters”) and Laurence Mark (“Julie and Julia”), the event drama has added Adrian Pasdar (“Heroes,” “The Lying Game,” “Desperate Housewives”) in a recurring role opposite Sigourney Weaver (“Avatar”) in her first television series regular role. Pasdar stars as President Paul Garcetti, who defeated Elaine (Weaver) in the presidential primary and then appointed her as his Secretary of State. A smart man who uses every resource at his disposal to his advantage, he deftly employs Elaine's popularity to deflect unwanted attention. Elaine tries to keep her family together while simultaneously dealing with crises of the State Department and a hungry DC journalist (Gugino) who is bent on destroying her.
POLITICAL ANIMALS explores the nuanced and complex world of politics through the lens of a family who has experienced its highs and lows. The project also stars Carla Gugino (“Entourage”), James Wolk (“Shameless”), Sebastian Stan (“Gossip Girl”), Brittany Ishibashi (“The Mentalist”) with Ellen Burstyn (“Requiem for a Dream”) and Ciarán Hinds (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”).
Principal photography has begun in Philadelphia with executive producer Berlanti directing the first episode. Academy Award–winning costume designer Ann Roth will design Weaver’s wardrobe for the pilot.
POLITICAL ANIMALS is from Berlanti Productions and Laurence Mark Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television. Berlanti wrote and will direct the pilot and serves as executive producer of the series with Mark and Sarah Caplan (“Brothers and Sisters,” “GCB”). Melissa Kellner Berman of Berlanti Productions will co-executive produce.