The show's the creation of Greg Berlanti (“Brothers & Sisters”) and Laurence Mark (“How Do You Know") and will air this summer. James Wolk ("Lone Star") will play Barrish's son and chief of staff, but no word yet on who'll play her "philandering ex-husband who is still as much in love with her as the office he once held."
Weaver's made few excursions to the small screen in her lengthy career -- though her 2009 turn as Mary Griffith in the Lifetime movie "Prayers for Bobby" did net her Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe nominations, and she memorably provided the voice for the Planet Express Ship in an episode of "Futurama." Her recent film appearances included assistant DA Joan Confrey in Oren Moverman's "Rampart" and shrink with secrets Dr. Geraldine Bennett in John Singleton's "Abduction," so a step up to Secretary of State shouldn't be a stretch.
The early description of "Political Animals" suggests it'll be a higher-stakes, more prestigious version of the type of character-driven hour-long dramas on which USA has built its empire. HBO's own property about a female politician (played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus), "Veep," premieres April 22, though the Armando Iannucci-created series will be all comedy.