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[04/13/21 - 11:49 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, April 13
Updates include: "Hungry," "Someone Out There" land pilot orders at NBC; Mckenna Grace, Lexi Underwood board "Just Beyond" at Disney+; and Katie Lowes to star opposite Pete Holmes in CBS comedy pilot.

[03/10/21 - 11:28 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, March 10
Updates include: ABC's "Adopted," from Jimmy Kimmel, sets principal cast; Olivia Goncalves to lead HBO Max's "The Gordita Chronicles"; and FOX eyes Huey Lewis-themed anthology series.

[03/09/21 - 11:37 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, March 9
Updates include: The CW casts central trio for live-action "The Powerpuff Girls" pilot; Josh Holloway to lead HBO Max's "Duster"; and ABC gives pilot order to domestic take on Australian drama "Total Control."

[03/02/21 - 11:20 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, March 2
Updates include: Dakota Fanning cast in Showtime's "The First Lady"; Alec Mapa joins ABC's Alec Baldwin/Kelsey Grammer-led comedy; and Netflix rounds out cast of "The Woman in the House."

[02/25/21 - 11:36 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, February 25
Updates include: Rose Leslie, Theo James to lead "The Time Traveler's Wife" at HBO; Naturi Naughton cast in ABC's "Queens" pilot; and O-T Fagbenle to play Barack Obama in Showtime's "The First Lady."

[02/22/21 - 11:11 AM]
Emmy(R), Golden Globe(R) and Screen Actors Guild Winner Gillian Anderson to Star as Eleanor Roosevelt in "The First Lady" (w/t) for Showtime(R)
She joins the previously announced Viola Davis as Michelle Obama and Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford.

[02/19/21 - 11:17 PM]
Development Update: Friday, February 19
Updates include: Paramount+ eyes "Criminal Minds" revival series; Tom Riley joins Kristen Bell in Netflix's "The Woman in the House"; and Eve to star in ABC's drama pilot "Queens."

[02/16/21 - 11:43 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, February 16
Updates include: Aaron Eckhart to play Gerald Ford in Showtime's "The First Lady"; CBS eyes "NCIS: Hawaii" spin-off; and Archie Panjabi joins the cast of TNT's "Snowpiercer."

[01/27/21 - 11:42 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, January 27
Updates include: Hulu's "Shrill" to end after three seasons; Netflix issues two-season order for "Too Hot to Handle"; and HBO Max eyes "Game of Thrones" animated series.

[01/26/21 - 11:43 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, January 26
Updates include: FOX acquires Canadian legal drama "Diggstown"; Tian Richards cast as Tom Swift in The CW's "Nancy Drew"; and Michael Stahl-David signs onto drama pilot "Good Sam" at CBS.

[01/21/21 - 01:02 PM]
Oscar Nominee Michelle Pfeiffer Joins Oscar Winner Viola Davis in "The First Lady" (w/t) for Showtime
Emmy and Golden Globe winner Susanne Bier will direct and executive produce the anthology series.

[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 LADY, THE (SHOWTIME)
Premieres in TBA 2021 or 2022 (Exact Date TBA)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
???
STATUS:
new in 2021/2022 (date TBA)
TIME SLOT:
not on the schedule
CURRENT SEASON:
1 (??? episodes)
DESCRIPTION:
(from Showtime's press release, January 2021) SHOWTIME has announced that Oscar and Emmy(R) nominee and Golden Globe(R) winner Michelle Pfeiffer (French Exit) will star as Betty Ford and Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Susanne Bier (The Undoing) will direct and executive produce the anthology series THE FIRST LADY (w/t), starring and executive produced by Oscar, Emmy and Tony winner Viola Davis (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom), who will play former first lady Michelle Obama. THE FIRST LADY is a revelatory reframing of American leadership, told through the lens of the women at the heart of the White House. Produced by SHOWTIME and Lionsgate Television, the series is executive produced by Oscar winner Cathy Schulman (Crash), Viola Davis, Julius Tennon, Andrew Wang, Jeff Gaspin (Rhythm + Flow) and Brad Kaplan (Mr. Church) and created by author Aaron Cooley (Four Seats: A Thriller of the Supreme Court), who will write several of the episodes and executive produce. The announcement was made by Amy Israel, Executive Vice President, Scripted Programming, 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 three unique, enigmatic women, tracing their journeys to Washington through an enlightening intimacy, with season one focusing on Michelle Obama, Betty Ford and Eleanor Roosevelt.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Aaron Eckhart as Gerald Ford
· Aya Cash as Esther Liebowitz
· Ben Cook as Steven Ford
· Cayden Boyd as Michael Ford
· Dakota Fanning as Susan Elizabeth Ford
· Evan Parke as Allen Taylor
· Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt
· Jake Picking as Young Jerry Ford
· Jayme Lawson as Young Michelle Obama
· Judy Greer as Nancy Howe
· Julian DeNiro as Young Barack Obama
· Kristine Froseth as Young Betty Ford
· Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer as Martha Graham
· Lexi Underwood as Malia Obama
· Marc Hills as Jack Ford
· Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford
· O-T Fagbenle as Barack Obama
· Patrice Johnson Chevannes as Clara Powell
· Regina Taylor as Marian Shields Robinson
· Rhys Wakefield as Dick Cheney
· Saniyya Sidney as Sasha Obama
· Thomas E. Sullivan as Bill Warren
· Viola Davis as Michelle Obama
RECURRING/PREVIOUS CAST INFORMATION:
· Pamela Adlon as Nancy Howe (Originally Cast)
CREW INFORMATION:
· Aaron Cooley as CRTR/EP
· Andrew Wang as EP
· Brad Kaplan as EP
· Cathy Schulman as EP
· Jeff Gaspin as EP
· Julius Tennon as EP
· Susanne Bier as EP/DIR (Pilot)
· Viola Davis as EP
GENRE(S):
· drama
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Gaspin Media
· JuVee Productions
· LINK Entertainment
· Lionsgate Television
· Welle Entertainment