USA Network’s new show Political Animals premiered on the 25th at the Morgan Library and Museum in Manhattan. I love museum venues, and this one, which I hadn’t heard of before, once housed the rare books collection of American banking tycoon, J.P. Morgan. It was very cool to explore, although the small space made it a bit crowded (press had to view the screening in the lobby while regular guests got to go to a legit screening room).
USA outfitted the entire place with giant red, white and blue balloons in keeping with the theme of the show- which, if you couldn’t tell, centres around American politics.
Actually the show is basically a soap-y dramatized version of the Hillary Clinton story, starring Sigourney Weaver as a former First Lady turned Presidental Candidate turned Secretary of State, and Ciaran Hinds as the sleazy ex President.
I am (or used to be) obsessed with politics and basically worship Hillary Clinton if you didn’t know (I once volunteered for her campaign, and would go on possessed rants about all the unjust sexism I’d see in the media) so theoretically this show is right up my alley. It’s not a bad show, but it’s very heavyhanded and the dialogue is too on the nose (which means the characters unrealistically say exactly what they feel exactly when they feel it). It is a summer show on USA though, and not HBO or anything, so I can’t fault it or anything. I also enjoy that there is an Asian character.
On the other hand, the event itself was highly enjoyable, with both a photobooth and gift bags containing branded animal crackers and t-shifts.
I joked I would somehow charm creator Greg Berlanti into giving me a writing job on one of his shows but chickened out of talking to him (it was a bad day: I had to endure a pervert in an empty subway car going there). An actor he worked with did tell me he is one of the nicest, most genuine people in Hollywood. That is of course, completely expected: as if an asshole could create the sensitive father/ son drama Everwood.
Greg Berlanti, phwoar.
He is also extremely, extremely good looking- not even good looking for a writer, but good looking by general standards to. Prompting me to wonder why someone with looks like that would choose to write if he could act/ model/ run for political office instead. Actually, this was something that Carla Gugino said to some wannabe journalist in the show, except with porn star as top in the list of options. Never mind, I take it back, Political Animals is a good show. Go watch it.