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USA Officially Ends Drama Series Deadline

The USA Network put to rest speculation about the fate of a drama series that had been up in the air, Deadline.com reports. The series is "Political Animals," which originated as a miniseries but which some observers hoped would continue as a regular series. The cable network confirmed that the series will not continue.

The Greg Berlanti drama boasted a stellar cast, headed up by Sigourney Weaver and Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn, but it was only a modest success for USA. It had 3.8 million total viewers for its premiere, and averaged 3.2 million total viewers in Live+7 over its summer run. Those numbers were good, but not strong enough to justify such an expensive production.

In a statement, a spokesperson for USA said, “We are proud of 'Political Animals,' our miniseries that attracted critical acclaim and impacted the cultural conversation this summer. It was a pleasure to work with Greg Berlanti and Laurence Mark and a powerful cast led by Sigourney Weaver. We look forward to collaborating again with these immensely talented creatives.”

Berlanti has moved on to the CW hit "Arrow," and is working on a midseason CBS drama "Golden Boy" among other project.