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Alyson Hannigan, Megan Hilty to Star in 'First Wives Club' Reboot for TV Land
TV Land has landed two members of its First Wives Club.
How I Met Your Mother grad Alyson Hannigan and Smash alum Megan Hilty have signed on to star in TV Land's First Wives Club reboot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Picked up to pilot in March, the long-gestating project will be written by New Girl's Rebecca Addelman and executive produced by Jenny Bicks (Sex and the City, The Big C). Based on the book by Olivia Goldsmith, the project centers on a group of divorced women who seek revenge on the ex-husbands who left them for younger women. The book was adapted for the big screen in 1996, with Diane Keaton, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn starring. Corporate sibling Paramount Pictures distributed the movie, which grossed $105 million on a budget of $30 million.
The TV Land version will take place in modern-day San Francisco and center on three friends and former classmates from the 1990s who reconnect after their close friend from college dies in a freak accident. When they all discover that they're at a romantic crossroads, they unite to tackle divorce, relationships and life's other challenges. Paramount Television (HBO's Vinyl, USA's Shooter, TNT's The Alienist) will produce the potential series.
Hannigan (Buffy) will portray Maggie, an English professor at a San Francisco university and aspiring poet. The character is bright but frustrated, who struggles to put excitement back into her flagging marriage. When one of her old college friends dies, she is galvanized to finally make changes, starting with leaving her husband and tackling life with a renewed sense of adventure.
Hilty, who returns to TV Land after a starring role in the cabler's I Shudder pilot (which didn't go forward), will play Kim, a formerly successful actress who "aged out" of Hollywood. Needy and vulnerable, she works hard at staying fit and gorgeous, still hoping for that breakout role, while doing cheesy commercials. Divorced, with an 8-year-old son, Kim is happy to reconnect with old friends.
Hilty is repped by Gersh; Hannigan is with APA.