Reese Witherspoon and Robin Wright are Producing a TV Series About America’s First Ladies
The woman who portrays the fictional First Lady Claire Underwood on House of Cards will now direct a TV series about her real counterparts. Robin Wright will helm First Women, which is based on the book First Women: The Grace And Power Of America’s Modern First Ladies by Kate Anderson Brower. First Women follows the lives of every First Lady from Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama. Brower is a former reporter for Bloomberg, CBS News staffer and producer for Fox News.
It’s great to see an actress taking the opportunity to go behind the camera. The series is produced by Reese Witherspoon and her partners. No home has been announced for the series as of yet. Witherspoon continues to produce quality projects, including Gone Girl and Wild. Witherspoon has shown good business savvy by choosing not to star in every movie or project she produces. Back in 2015, she explained her intentions to expand into television:
We’re excited to develop television. There’s a huge captured female audience there that we want to service and help, and authenticate the female experience through storytelling. We’re in the nascent stages with a large internet platform to talk about creating direct-to-consumer content. I think Netflix, Hulu and Amazon are such exciting companies because you’re speaking right to the customer: you know if they love books, you know if they love comedy, and you’re getting content directly to them. It’s also a huge captured female audience. I’m excited to create content that will speak to my daughter and her friends. We’re even talking to companies about short-form content and mobile content.
Based on this it’s a good bet that First Women will land with one of the streaming content providers, but don’t count out basic cable channels just yet; they seem to have a serious interest in anthology and limited series. In January, Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley and Laura Dern will headline HBO’s limited series Big Little Lies, from David E. Kelley.
Brower has also written the book The Residence, which chronicles the lives of the White House service staff. “The Residence reveals daily life in the White House as it is really lived through the voices of the maids, butlers, cooks, florists, doormen, engineers, and others who tend to the needs of the President and First Family.”