There are few guarantees in the entertainment business, but we can almost guarantee that Viola Davis starring as Michelle Obama in the new drama series First Ladies is going to be amazing. The one-hour scripted drama is being made by Showtime and will not only star Davis but is also being executive produced by the Oscar winner. Kweens playing kweens. We are here for it.
The new series will be set in the White House’s East Wing, which is where the first lady and her staff have traditionally operated and conducted business. The East Wing includes the famous White House theater, as well as the Garden Room and the first family’s residence. The East Wing is also the area where social events at the White House take place, making it the perfect setting for the upcoming series, which will focus on some of the most famous first ladies of the past century. The logline for First Ladies was released by CNN and reads “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.”
The first season of the drama will focus on Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford and Michelle Obama. First Ladies has a three-episode order from Showtime at this point, so we assume that each episode will focus squarely on one of the famous FLOTUS’. We would actually love an entire season of TV dedicated to Obama, but we’ll take whatever we can get.
Davis celebrated news of First Ladies’ announcement on Twitter, writing “Proud to spotlight these brave, extraordinary women!”
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) August 26, 2019
Showtime and Lionsgate will co-produce the project, which is being made in partnership with Davis and husband Julius Tennon’s JuVee Production company. The script will be written by Aaron Cooley, who has previously written the political novels Four Seats: A Thriller of the Supreme Court and The Guns of Ridgewood.
Davis is preparing for her sixth and final season in her Emmy-winning role as lawyer and college professor Annalise Keating in How To Get Away With Murder. With Davis seemingly always juggling multiple projects at once, she’s not only finishing up her run on HTGAWM and preparing for First Ladies, but Davis and Tennon are also presently acting as the executive producers for the upcoming Sci-Fi series Fast Color. It seems fitting that an actor who is as busy as Michelle Obama is also going to be playing the former First Lady.
The final season of How To Get Away With Murder premieres Thursday, September 26 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV.