1:45pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Alicia Silverstone Starrer 'American Woman' Ordered to Series at TV Land
TV Land is adding an American woman to its 2017 roster.
The Viacom-owned cable network has handed out a 12-episode series order to Alicia Silverstone starrer American Woman, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Inspired by the upbringing of co-executive producer Kyle Richards (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), the single-camera comedy is set in the 1970s amid the sexual revolution and the rise of feminism. Silverstone stars as Bonnie Nolan, a mother with two daughters (Makenna James and Lia Ryan McHugh) who finds herself facing an entirely new world after she leaves her husband. With the help of her two best friends, Kathleen (Mena Suvari) and Diana (Jennifer Bartels), these three women will each discover their own brand of independence in a world reluctant to give it.
American Woman is written by 30 Rock alum John Riggi, who will executive produce alongside John Wells (Shameless, Southland, The West Wing). The comedy hails from Warner Bros. Television's cable-focused division, Warner Horizon Television, and Wells' studio-based John Wells Productions banner. The pilot was filmed in Los Angeles after being shifted from Atlanta in a bid to accommodate Silverstone. Alex Hardcastle (You’re the Worst) directed and served as executive producer on the pilot.
"We feel very lucky to be working with John Riggi and John Wells on this fantastic series that is not only beautifully written and directed, but has a stellar cast that portrays the themes of the ‘70s in a way that is still relevant today,” Keith Cox, president of development and original programming at TV Land, said Monday in a statement.
American Woman marks the latest single-camera comedy to join the network's roster of originals that includes Younger, Lopez, Teachers and Impastor as well as the upcoming Nobodies and Throwing Shade. TV Land's remaining pilots, a reboots of First Wives Club starring Alyson Hannigan, and a modern anthology take on Heathers, remain in contention at the network.
TV Land has found success with its move to younger audiences following its shift from multicamera fare like flagship Hot in Cleveland to single-camera fare.