When looking through the TV guide, this show initially grabbed my attention. It looked like a sophisticated show about politics the Whitehouse. How sorely I was mistaken. Let us first go through the cast. Sigourney Weaver is not the same actress she used to be. While she used to grab attention with her charisma and actual acting ability, now she is a husk of her former self with little acting ability left. Let us move on to the reporter played by Carla Gugino (who isn't even credited on IMDb). It would have been nice if one of the female leads could act her way out of a paper bag, however I realize that I was dreaming in hoping one of them could. While it would seem impossible to drag this show down, she managed to do this. You would think that smiling in a sad scene (such as when she discovers she had been cheated on by her exceptionally lame boyfriend, character and acting wise) would be a problem you wouldn't have in an elementary school production, let alone an actual TV show! She has anti-stage presence, if that is even possible. All of the other male leads are either 1-dimensional or have no redeeming qualities, such as the ex-president and Sigourney Weaver's ex-husband in the show (who also is not credited on IMDb).The only good actor is hidden away as a lame Vice President who would sound stupid in Jersey Shore. This leads us to the writing, which is probably the worst aspect of this show. In between moments of bashing my head against a wall while trying to watch this, I realized that the stories children invent in elementary school far surpass the level of intelligence displayed on this show. Every attempted 'plot twist' could be seen a mile away, blindfolded. Watching this show allows me to appreciate the relatively good writing of TV trash such as Jersey Shore, because at least while watching that you have the presumption that it is reality.
Overall, the level of intelligence required to watch this is on par with the annual Yule Log special. The acting is downright disgraceful, helped in no part by the writing, which rivals 'Season of the Witch' in terms of atrocity. The show can be summed up in a scene where Sigourney Weaver's character makes a speech about Elephants. By placing emphasis on each line, actually on every word, she would have been out acted by Peter Mansbridge(this is not discrediting Mr. Mansbridge, as he does an exceptional job as an anchor). While this is going on, Carla Gugino reveals her plastic and ever-present vacant smile. The attempted wit at the end is lost on the viewer, as one finds it hard to tell if it actually was a genuine attempt at humour.
Right before watching this terrible excuse for a TV show, I watched an episode of "The Newsroom.' It is hard to fathom that these are both TV shows, because besides the fact that they both show up on your television, they appear to have just as many similarities as a rock and a person. Guess which one is the rock.
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