As you watch the first episode of "Political Animals" (10 p.m. Sunday, USA), the core characters might seem familiar. The soapy and satisfying limited series features a no-nonsense secretary of state, married to a cheating, popular Southern ex-president.
Yes, you are supposed to be reminded of Hillary and Bill which is part of the fun of this show. Haven't we always wanted to know what was really going on with those two?
In this fictionalized version, we meet Elaine Barrish (Sigourney Weaver), just as she is losing an election. The defeat clarifies things for her, especially that she wants out of her marriage to Bud Hammond (Ciaran Hinds). Fast forward and she's serving as the chief diplomat to President Garcetti (Adrian Pasdar), the man who defeated her; her family is dealing with its own issues.