‘First Ladies’ Series Ordered at Showtime – Viola Davis to Play Michelle Obama

Season 1 will also focus on Eleanor Roosevelt and Betty Ford

Last Updated: February 5, 2020 @ 9:34 AM

Showtime has ordered a series about the First Ladies that will star Viola Davis as Michelle Obama.

Davis will executive produce the series with Julius Tennon, Cathy Schulman, Jeff Gaspin, Brad Kaplan and author Aaron Cooley, who created the series and will write.

Here is the logline for the series:

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. This series will peel back the curtain on the personal and political lives of these enigmatic women, with season one focusing on Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford and Michelle Obama.

“Throughout our history, presidents’ spouses have wielded remarkable influence, not only on the nation’s leaders but on the country itself.” said Jana Winograde, president of entertainment at Showtime. “‘First Ladies’ fits perfectly within the Showtime wheelhouse of drama and politics, revealing how much personal relationships impact both domestic and global events. Having Viola Davis play Michelle Obama is a dream come true, and we couldn’t be luckier to have her extraordinary talent to help launch this series.”

“First Ladies” is executive produced by Cathy Schulman via Welle Entertainment, Viola Davis and Julius Tennon via JuVee Productions, Jeff Gaspin via Gaspin Media, Brad Kaplan via LINK Entertainment and Aaron Cooley.