Save for USA Network‘s decision last month not to extend Political Animals beyond its original run, it has been a great last few weeks for Greg Berlanti‘s political drama. He landed a WGA nomination for writing the pilot, star Sigourney Weaver got a SAG nomination, and today the show received two Golden Globe nominations — for best movie/miniseries and best actress in a movie/mini (Weaver).
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Six weeks after USA’s decision not to continue with the show, Berlanti — busy with breakout CW hit Arrow, midseason CBS drama Golden Boy and several projects in development — is not bitter and sounds philosophical about it. “That chapter is closed but it was a great chapter; we all loved doing it,” he said. When he finished the spec pilot script exactly a year ago, Berlanti envisioned Political Animals as a limited series. When the project landed at USA in a competitive situation and the A-list cast — led by Weaver, Carla Gugino, James Wolk and Ellen Burstyn — started coming together, the intention shifted to making it a regular series. Political Animals garnered critical praise for its summer launch, which drew 3.8 million total viewers. The series, from Berlanti and Laurence Mark, averaged 3.2 million total viewers in Live+7 over its run. That was not bad given that Political Animals aired with little support on Sunday, a night USA had not programmed for a while, but ultimately the numbers weren’t strong enough to justify the show’s high cost.
“This is also a business, and there wasn’t quite that level of support from viewers though we’re incredibly grateful for the people who watched the show,” Berlanti said. He also thanked USA brass for their support and called Political Animals‘ Golden Globe nominations “the perfect punctuation mark to a perfect experience.”