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TV Review: Sigourney Weaver Can’t Save the Mediocre Political Animals

13 July 2012 12:30 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

As Secretary of State and former First Lady Elaine Barrish Hammond in USA's new drama Political Animals, the magnificent Sigourney Weaver gives a performance that deserves to be called heroic — not just because the character is noble and decent, but because Weaver carries the show like Atlas in pumps. Yet her dedication isn't enough to save a likable but mostly mediocre program.In the first ten minutes of Sunday night's extended pilot, Elaine, an alternate-universe Hillary Clinton, tells her philandering ex-president hubby, Bud Hammond (Ciaran Hinds), that she wants a divorce on the same night that she loses a presidential nomination, and it's bracing. When she strides out of the building in a flowing tan overcoat — giant American flag looming on a wall behind her, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings' "Nobody's Baby" blasting on the soundtrack — she's iconic. Minutes later, after the show has flashed forward to »

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