USA Plans Beltway Drama -- More Serious Fare Than Usual

NBC Universal's USA, "the most-watched cable network" known for lightweight fare like "Royal Pains," is casting against type this summer with a six-hour-long minseries, "Political Animals," writes Amy Chozick. The political drama from Greg Berlanti, "best known for his work on 'Everwood' and 'Brothers & Sisters'.... could be extended beyond six hours [and] follows the members of a turbulent former first family."

Among the principals, according to Chozick: Ellen Barrish, "a divorced former First Lady who is currently serving as secretary of state. (Sound vaguely familiar?)"

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