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[02/05/20 - 09:01 AM]
Showtime(R) Orders Drama "First Ladies" to Series Starring Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Winner Viola Davis as Michelle Obama
This series will peel back the curtain on the personal and political lives of these enigmatic women, with season one focusing on Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford and Michelle Obama.

[08/26/19 - 11:12 PM]
Development Update: Monday, August 26
Updates include: Hulu orders Lamorne Morris-led "Woke" pilot to series; Will Forte, Kaitlin Olson to star in Quibi's "Flipped"; and Viola Davis to play Michelle Obama in potential Showtime drama "First Ladies."







FIRST LADIES (SHOWTIME)
DEVELOPMENT HISTORY:
8/26/19 - 2/5/20
STATUS:
previously in development (2020-2021 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE:
ordered to series
DESCRIPTION:
(from Showtime's press release, February 2020) SHOWTIME has given a series order to the first season of the hour-long drama FIRST LADIES, starring and executive produced by Oscar, Emmy and Tony(R) winner Viola Davis, who will play former first lady Michelle Obama. Produced by SHOWTIME and Lionsgate Television, the series will also be executive produced by Julius Tennon, Oscar winner Cathy Schulman (Crash, Five Feet Apart), Jeff Gaspin (Rhythm + Flow, L.A.'s Finest), Brad Kaplan (Mr. Church) and author Aaron Cooley (Four Seats: A Thriller of the Supreme Court), who created the series and will write. The announcement was made today by Jana Winograde, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. In the East Wing of the White House, many of history's most impactful and world-changing decisions have been hidden from view, made by America's charismatic, complex and dynamic first ladies. This series will peel back the curtain on the personal and political lives of these enigmatic women, with season one focusing on Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford and Michelle Obama.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Viola Davis as Michelle Obama
CREW INFORMATION:
· Aaron Cooley as CRTR/EP
· Brad Kaplan as EP
· Cathy Schulman as EP
· Jeff Gaspin as EP
· Julius Tennon as EP
· Viola Davis as EP
GENRE(S):
· drama
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Gaspin Media
· JuVee Productions
· LINK Entertainment
· Lionsgate Television
· Welle Entertainment