Body Politic: The Senate's New Soap Opera

Gabrielle Union and Tim Matheson completed a pilot based on the Senate.

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

What with senators switching parties, one caught in an airport bathroom scandal, and another admitting affection for hookers, the chamber sometimes has a soap-opera feel. But now, if the CW buys it, the Senate will be the subject of a real TV soap opera called Body Politic. Actress Gabrielle Union tells Whispers that she and a cast that includes Tim Matheson of Animal House have completed a pilot that's winning rave reviews in Hollywood. She plays a snubbed Democratic aide who switches to work for Matheson, a top GOP senator. "It's a soap opera in the best way possible," she gushes. The pilot was shot in Richmond at the state capital. "We had full access. It was a great place to film," she says.