The saying “behind every great man, there’s a great woman” may be slightly outdated, but Showtime’s newly ordered series First Ladies aims to explore its more literal interpretation.
As reported by Deadline, the show will be a scripted drama about how various First Ladies of the United States have wielded their influence, as well as examining their inner lives and experiences in the White House. The first season will focus on Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford, and Michelle Obama.
While the castings for Ford and Roosevelt have not been announced, Viola Davis will play Michelle Obama; the Emmy and Academy Award–winning actor is also set to executive produce the project.
Will Viola Davis deliver a Golden Globe–worthy monologue about how Michelle Obama really felt about Aretha Franklin’s hat? Will the audience get an inside look at the planning behind the “turnip for what” video? Only time will tell, but everyone should gird their loins for what’s sure to be a powerhouse performance and a fascinating examination of Obama’s life in the East Wing.
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