Showtime has issued a first-season order for hour-long drama “First Ladies,” which is set to star Viola Davis as former First Lady Michelle Obama. The news comes around five months after Variety first reported the project was in development.
“First Ladies” will peel back the curtain on the personal and political lives of First Ladies from throughout history, with season one focusing on Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford and Michelle Obama.
The series, which hails from Showtime and Lionsgate Television, will turn its lens on the East Wing of the White House, as opposed to the West, where 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.
Davis’ TV schedule is set to clear up in May, as her five-year, six-season stint on “How to Get Away with Murder” comes to an end. No air date has been announced.