Debra Messing to Star in, Executive Produce Starz Comedy About White House’s East Wing

Ali Wentworth is developing potential series

Last Updated: June 16, 2020 @ 12:31 PM

Debra Messing is set to star in and executive produce a new comedy series in development at Starz called “East Wing.”

Ali Wentworth (“Nightcap,” “Jerry Maguire”) is writer and creator of the half-hour comedy, and will also appear in the series alongside Messing and Liz Tuccillo (“Divorce,” “Sex and the City”).

Here is the official description from Starz:

“East Wing” draws from the experiences of Ali Wentworth’s mother, who served as Social Secretary in the White House during Ronald Reagan’s presidency in the 1980s. It tells the story of Hollis Carlisle (Messing), a hostess extraordinaire who juggles her threatened husband, rebellious children, Nancy Reagan’s Chief of Staff and a crippling social anxiety disorder. Ali will reoccur as Hollis’s best friend, Kelly Forbes, who is a stay at home mom and is threatened by Hollis’s success.

“The charm and relatability Debra brings to every character she inhabits will captivate audiences once again as she brings Hollis to life on the screen,” said Christina Davis, president of original programming at Starz. “This is a whip-smart comedy that despite its 1980’s set dressing, is a pointed commentary on politics and the politics of being a woman today that will be a valuable addition to our slate of premium programming by and for women. Debra, Ali and Liz will most definitely not be pulling any punches.”

“Debra is a singular talent with whom we’ve had the honor of working in the past, and we couldn’t be more excited to reunite with Ali to bring her mother’s incredible story to viewers,” said Lionsgate Television Group Chairman Kevin Beggs. “Ali, Debra and Liz are shepherding a witty and empowering series right in the wheelhouse of our STARZ premium platform.”

The series is produced by Lionsgate and executive produced by Messing, Wentworth, Tuccillo and 3 Arts Entertainment’s Howard Klein (“The Office,” “The Mindy Project”) and Molly Madden (“The Starter Wife,” “Picture Perfect”).