Hollywood has done it again … they’ve taken to the stump in the only way they know how: artfully. And, we should also note, the producers behind USA’s new miniseries Political Animals have also put their political desires behind their ever-powerful television medium and mixed it up with a lot of scintillating entertainment, just to sweeten the pot.
T.J. Hammond, a fictitious character on the politically centered new miniseries airing Sunday nights on USA, spoke the headlined quote to his mother in a scene depicting a heart-to-heart between mother and son: but watch out, because his mother is the not-so-fictitious Elaine Hammond, played by none other than the wonderfully talented actress Sigourney Weaver.
Sigourney’s character on the show is the nation’s current Secretary of State, who recently divorced her husband “Bud” Hammond, the most popular two-term Democrat president in recent history. Sound familiar?
Aside from the divorce, the injection of two sons and no daughter; and the replacement of Bill Clinton by a cartoonish character named “Bud Hammond,” the show is a rather accurate portrayal of none other than Hillary Clinton.
The show rings as eerily true as other modern-day art imitating life tv efforts like The West Wing and the very recent “Game Change.”
Political Animals’ creative and executive producers are obviously afflicted with some serious Hillary Clinton Love, and have gone to great labors to ensure that viewers will likewise love the Elaine Hammond-Hillary Clinton clone. And, with lines from the Sec. of State like:
“If you ever touch me again, I will fu*k your shit up. Understand?” delivered in Russian to a Russian Prime Minister; one cannot help but be instantly attracted to her smart and boldly powerful character. And, to secretly wonder if the real Secretary of State ever had such encounters.
The extreme talent of Ms. Weaver’s acting brilliance is quite apparent in this role, as we watch her embody all the great qualities possessed by her subject study, and embellish those with tangible ideals that make her character fascinating to watch onscreen. She even walks just like Hillary!
Takeaway: If you’re a Hillary Clinton fan, Political Animals is a MUST-SEE.
Caveat: If you’re a Bill Clinton fan, take this miniseries with a grain of salt, as the show’s creative producers don’t seem to have any discernible affinity for BC.
In fact, given that the storyline suggests divorcing Bill will lend Hillary the White House victory she once sought; and that they elected to portray Bill Clinton’s placemarker in the show as an egotistical, womanizing buffoon, it’s safe to say the show’s creators don’t like Bill Clinton at all.
Indeed, a quick database search on the web reveals that neither Greg Berlanti nor Laurence Mark, the show’s creators, ever contributed to a Bill Clinton campaign.
They did, however, give generously to the DNC, and to such Political Animals as Al Gore, Howard Dean, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, and of course, Hillary Clinton. The limited miniseries airs Sunday nights at 10 p.m./9 Central on the USA network.