August 26, 2019 at 6:43 pm #1203041583
Viola Davis is attached to play Michelle Obama in Showtime’s upcoming anthology drama First Ladies.
Written and created by author Aaron Cooley, the series “is set in the East Wing of the White House, 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.” Each season will focus on a different group of women, with the first season revolving around the lives of former First Ladies Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford, and Michelle Obama.
Davis will also executive produce the project, along with her husband Julius Tennon and their production company JuVee Productions. Showtime and Lionsgate TV will co-produce.
Thoughts? And potential casting suggestions for Roosevelt and Ford?August 26, 2019 at 6:46 pm #1203041598
One of Hollywood’s most iconic actresses portraying one of America’s most iconic First Ladies? I. NEED. THIS. NOW.
Go ahead and send Davis the Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG, etc.August 26, 2019 at 6:53 pm #1203041639
Weren’t Robin Wright and Reese Witherspoon supposed to produce a series exactly like this, with the former directing? RIP to their’s I guess. Hopefully, I like this show because I can never get into Showtime shows for the life of me (but I did start watching Homeland recently and it’s the exception).
“No user starts this shady” - someone culturally relevant.August 26, 2019 at 6:58 pm #1203041668
Weren’t Robin Wright and Reese Witherspoon supposed to produce a series exactly like this (but based on a book), with the former directing? RIP to their’s I guess. Hopefully, I like this show because I can never get into Showtime shows for the life of me (but I did start watching Homeland recently and it’s the exception).
I read that as well but I suppose we will never see that 🙁
I honestly have no clue on who Cooley is or what he’s done, but Queen Viola is going to kill this role.August 26, 2019 at 7:25 pm #1203041780
So it’s like 3 shows in one going back and forth between 3 timelines? I don’t understand how this is going to work.August 26, 2019 at 8:03 pm #1203041985
Pulp, you raise an excellent point. They’re from literally 3 different time eras. Will each hour focus solely on each first lady? In any case, i’m front row for Viola portraying Michelle Obama. I can’t wait to find out who will be tagged to play Eleanor Roosevelt and Betty Ford…..August 26, 2019 at 8:11 pm #1203042008
I read that as well but I suppose we will never see that 🙁 I honestly have no clue on who Cooley is or what he’s done, but Queen Viola is going to kill this role.
*Sigh* we can’t have nice things. And I just saw that the article even mentioned their series too lol. Yeah, I have no idea who he is either, but I really can’t wait to see what she does with this role. It’s pretty different from what she’s done so far I’d say.
“No user starts this shady” - someone culturally relevant.August 26, 2019 at 8:40 pm #1203042057
Guys, Viola freakin’ Davis. OH MY GOD
Oscar FYC - Lupita Nyong'o & Elisabeth Moss ("Us") - Best Actress & Supporting Actress. It must happen; otherwise the Tethered are coming.August 27, 2019 at 12:36 am #1203042275
Can’t believe it’s not Ryan Murphy’s production for FX/Netflix.August 27, 2019 at 5:04 am #1203042440
So it’s like 3 shows in one going back and forth between 3 timelines? I don’t understand how this is going to work.
It could be like that new CBS All Access show Why Women Kill where three different time periods are involved and they go back and forth to each one in each episode but who knows lol.August 27, 2019 at 5:54 am #1203042488
I guess I’m in the minority, but I just don’t see Viola Davis as Michelle Obama. She could surprise me though.August 27, 2019 at 6:53 am #1203042552
Didn’t Gena Rowlands already give a tour de force performance as Betty Ford in “The Betty Ford Story?”August 27, 2019 at 8:17 am #1203042658
Perfect casting! Keep the exquisite roles coming, Queen Vee!August 27, 2019 at 8:50 am #1203042715
Olivia Colman would be an AMAZING Eleanor Roosevelt. Probs won’t happen though. Maybe Glenn Close for that role? As for Betty Ford, This is the perfect casting if they can get either of them: Helen Hunt, Sela Ward
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