First Ladies, the hour-long drama starring Viola Davis as former United States First Lady Michelle Obama, is officially a go at Showtime. Last year, it was reported the series was in development at the network, and Showtime must be impressed with what they're seeing from its progress, as they've now gone ahead and given the anthology show a full series order. The news was further confirmed by Showtime president Jana Winograde, who spoke about the upcoming series in a statement.
"Throughout our history, presidents' spouses have wielded remarkable influence, not only on the nation's leaders but on the country itself," Winograde says of the show. She adds: "First Ladies fits perfectly within the Showtime wheelhouse of drama and politics, revealing how much personal relationships impact both domestic and global events. Having Viola Davis play Michelle Obama is a dream come true, and we couldn't be luckier to have her extraordinary talent to help launch this series."
As an anthology series like The Crown, the first season of First Ladies will explore the stories of many more presidents' wives beyond Michelle Obama. Other names confirmed to be included in First Ladies season 1 are Eleanor Roosevelt and Betty Ford, though it's not yet clear who will be playing either of those roles. The first season is also reported to consist of a three-episode commitment, meaning, the freshman season may only touch on these three particular First Ladies, though the show's potential success could mean more First Ladies will get their time to shine in additional seasons.
First Ladies may have officially been given its series order, but an exact premiere date for the show remains to be revealed. In addition to starring on the show, Davis will also be executive producing alongside Julius Tennon under their JuVee Productions banner. Cathy Schulman, Jeff Gaspin, Brad Kaplan, and author Aaron Cooley are also on board to executive produce. Cooley also created the series and is serving as its writer as well.
This will be the first major role for Davis following her Emmy-winning performance on the ABC thriller How to Get Away with Murder, which is currently in the midst of its sixth and final season. Davis is also known for her acclaimed roles in movies like The Help, Fences, and Doubt. Additionally, Davis appeared as Amanda Waller in the 2016 superhero movie Suicide Squad and will reprise the role in the upcoming reboot from director James Gunn. Certainly an actress who shines in every role, Davis' casting as Michelle Obama in First Ladies seems like a no-brainer and the perfect choice.
As for the real Michelle Obama, there's plenty of small screen content coming from the former First Lady to look forward to as well. As part of a deal with Netflix along with her husband Barack, Obama is currently working on producing multiple documentaries, movies, and original shows for the streaming service. What's definitely clear is that we haven't seen the last of Michelle Obama. This news comes to us from TV Guide.