Girl Power! Sigourney Weaver Takes on the White House in 'Political Animals'

The Oscar-nominated star plays a smart and ambitious secretary of state (and former first lady) in USA Network's new mini-series, which premieres Sunday

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Well, Hillary Clinton should be feeling fairly praised these days! 

On Sunday, USA Network is premiering its six-part mini-series Political Animals (at 10 p.m. EST). Starring in her first TV series, Sigourney Weaver plays Elaine Barrish, who is the current secretary of state, former first lady, and wife of a former philanderer. Sound familiar?

"That is where the comparison ends," the Oscar-nominated star -- who calls the role "delicious and juicy" -- said recently during an interview on Today. "Certainly, we are inspired by Mrs. Clinton...but it's also inspired by these different families who have been in the White House and want to get back in."

Whatever the inspiration, Political Animals looks like it's going to be a fun ride watching Weaver-as-Barrish set her sights on the White House in this political drama.

Things get complicated for tough-as-nails Barrish -- who is a divorcee (see, she is different than Hillary!) and mother of two -- who wants to take over the post of president recently vacated by her scandalized ex. By the sound of it, the character has a fairly relatable plight to deal with: navigating through the pressures of balancing a family and a career. Get to know Elaine Barrish here:


"She has such a strong committment to public service, she's so incredibly capable, she fields so many challenges in the world," says Weaver about her character. "But when confronted with some of the dilemmas in her personal life, it's very difficult for her. The way it is for all of us."

Not only is Sigourney Weaver in a powerful female role, but Carla Gugino plays Susan Berg, a hard-hitting reporter who is working on a profile of Barrish. As Entertainment Weekly describes, their chemistry is, "smart and tense and insightful."

We're happy to see some strong female leads to cheer for with this new show. And the show is right for the zeitgeist in a country gearing up for Election Day on Nov. 6.

The only downside we can come up with for this show is that it's only six episodes! Get ready for Sunday and enjoy the trailer here:

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