Showtime (Monday, Oct. 15, 9:30 p.m. ET)
A TV announcer running for Congress makes a commercial. “I say we need new leadership,” he says, “not just old leadership with old values and old ideas or new leadership with no values and no ideas but new leadership with old values and new ideas.” It sounds too much like the real thing, and that means it’s perfect political parody. Most pols hire image makers, but in Washingtoon they’re appropriately called charismatologists. This new Showtime series with a Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman feel to it misses the mark when it lampoons family life and big business. But when Washingtoon aims at politicians, it hits the target.