Political Animals is a bold, significant look at a fictional former First Family in turmoil. The provocative one-hour drama stars acclaimed actor Sigourney Weaver as Elaine Barrish Hammond, a divorced former First Lady and current Secretary of State struggling to keep her family together while dealing with the crises of the State Department and fending off the D.C. journalist (Carla Gugino) who has built her career by tearing Elaine down. Going behind the scenes of this high-profile political dynasty, the series explores the dark yet real side of life and the often-disastrous effects of political ambition. With themes that resonate in the current political landscape, viewers go beyond the well-written public speeches to see a vulnerable family on the verge of falling apart. Ciarán Hinds stars as the former president, with Ellen Burstyn as Elaine’s mother. Guest stars include Adrian Pasdar, Dylan Baker and Vanessa Redgrave.