**self-edit** I originally digressed at this point into a long-winded musing on the state of Canadian and American politics and government. In revising, I realized that I'm as guilty of talking/typing out of my butt as the next blogger and have decided to stick to stuff I feel more confident expounding on: TV.
This summer USA Network ran a mini-series called "Political Animals" starring Sigourney Weaver as a Hilary Clinton-esque character in a fictional Democratic administration. Great cast, clever writing, some really creative plot twists. The timing of the production, above all, was phenomenal. What a way to spark the collective imagination! What red-blooded American wouldn't want to see Ellen Ripley kicking butt and taking names in a perfectly tailored suit? Meanwhile, the Bill Clinton-esque character was superbly executed as "Bud" a philandering, beloved former two-term president (played by Ciarán Hinds who is cropping up EVERYWHERE these days) and Chelsea got re-imagined as twin sons - one, an overachiever who runs his mother's campaign and the other, a troubled, openly gay dreamer. Throw in a journalist with her own personal politics to maneuver and shenanigans abound. My main criticism about "Political Animals" is probably that it was a little heavy-handed pitting Berg against her younger, scary-pretty, co-worker/counterpart once again making the point that women just can't get along in the workplace.
The series ended on a real cliff-hanger and I was looking forward to a second series but word is that they are currently "on the bubble" which is disappointing.
So yeah, today in a nut-shell: Canada has a sense of humour about itself; Comedy Central is tops in the news business; I can't write coherently about politics; and Sigourney Weaver would be an awesome president.