First Ladies: Showtime Series on Past and Present First Ladies, with Viola Davis as Michelle Obama

Showtime has issued first season order for hour-long drama First Ladies, which will star Viola Davis as the former First Lady Michelle Obama.

Author Aaron Cooley created the series and will write and exec produce.

First Ladies will depict the personal and political lives of First Ladies from throughout history.

Season one will focus on Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford and Michelle Obama.

The series, which comes from Showtime and Lionsgate TV, will depict the East Wing of the White House, as opposed to the West, where 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.

Davis is executive producing alongside Julius Tennon via their JuVee

Productions banners. Cathy Schulman, Jeff Gaspin, and Brad Kaplan are also on the project.

The series pickup was announced by Showtime president of entertainment, Jana Winograde.