USA Network’s ‘Political Animals’ Not Returning For Second Season

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USA Network won’t be moving forward with a second season of its drama series Political Animals. Though the six hour series had always been described as a “limited series event” the network had considered ordering a second season of the series. Unfortunately, despite almost universal critical acclaim Political Animals failed to find much traction, averaging a mere 2.1 million viewers during its six episode run. The decision not to move forward with a second second of Political Animals follows the recent cancellation of fellow USA series’ Common Law & Fairly Legal.

Created by Greg Berlanti and Laurence Mark, Political Animals revolved around Elaine Barrish, a divorced former First Lady and current Secretary of State, who struggles to keep her family together while simultaneously dealing with the crises of the State Department. She finds an unlikely ally in Susan Berg, a famous D.C. journalist who has spent her career tearing Elaine down. The six part series starred Sigourney Weaver as Elaine Barrish, Carla Gugino as Susan Berg, Sebastian Sian as as Thomas “T.J.” Hammond, James Wolk as Douglas Hammond, Brittany Ishibashi as Anne Ogami, Ellen Burstyn as Margaret Barrish and Ciaran Hinds as Bud Hammond.

“We are proud of Political Animals, our miniseries that attracted critical acclaim and impacted the cultural conversation this summer,” the network said in a statement. “It was a pleasure to work with Greg Berlanti and Laurence Mark and a powerful cast led by Sigourney Weaver. We look forward to collaborating again with these immensely talented creatives.”