It's been something of an up and down week for USA, which has offered renewals and scheduling for its flagship series 'Burn Notice,' Suits,' 'White Collar' and even 'Necessary Roughness,' while cancelling 'Common Law' and sophomore courtroom drama 'Fairly Legal.' The latest ax to fall on the network is Sigourney Weaver's highly-acclaimed but poorly-rated Washington D.C. drama 'Political Animals,' though the news isn't as surprising as you might expect. What's the network saying about the cancellation?
That is not Sigourney Weaver. And that is Sigourney Weaver. So what exactly is happening here? Turns out a fan of 'Aliens' (a really, really, really big fan) decided to create a hyper real silicone replica of Sigourney Weaver's head to "celebrate the feeling of nostalgia and evoke the memories of an era gone by." We're not sure exactly what that means but we do know this: creepy.
When your film is the highest grossing movie of all time, sequel talk is inevitable. It's not surprising that we've been hearing about follow-ups to 'Avatar' for the past three years, but it's a little surprising how confusing and convoluted the sequel talk has been. How many sequels? When are they filming? When are they being released. Today, producer Jon Landau set the record straight. For now, at least.
In the vast majority of cases, someone signing on to guest star in a TV series that hasn't aired yet isn't news. However, the great Vanessa Redgrave appearing on a series that already features Sigourney Weaver, Ellen Burstyn and Ciaran Hinds is not just news, it's a swift kick to your senses, a reminder that USA's upcoming 'Political Animals' should probably be on your radar.
When the news broke that Sigourney Weaver would finally throw her metaphorical hat into the TV ring for a political drama that sadly lacked any towering aliens, we drew a sad face. Now that another major sci-fi and nerd-friendly babe has joined the cast, we find ourselves with a much deeper need to watch USA's upcoming political drama. Now if they just moved the setting to space, we'd be hooked!
I know, we'd all like to see Ellen Ripley fighting (or in the case of 'Avatar,' peacefully co-existing with) otherworldly aliens 'til our dying day, but at the very least, now we won't have to wait years in between our Sigourney Weaver fixes.