11:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Judy Greer Replaces Pamela Adlon in Showtime's 'The First Lady'
Showtime's The First Lady anthology is making a casting change.
Judy Greer has replaced Pamela Adlon in the anthology starring Viola Davis and Michelle Pfeiffer. Sources note that Adlon, who creates, stars, directs and exec produces FX's Better Things, had a scheduling conflict and was unable to move forward with the premium cabler's series.
Greer will take over the role of Nancy Howe, who was Betty Ford's trusted confidante and social secretary. The two were inseparable through thick and thin, from facing Betty's struggle with breast cancer to turning dusty White House traditions upside down. Greer will guest star in four episodes of the series.
Greer joins a cast that also includes Aaron Eckhart as President Gerald Ford. Jayme Lawson as young Michelle Obama, Kristine Forseth as young Betty Ford and Rhys Wakefield as Vice President Dick Cheney.
Author Aaron Cooley (Four Seats: A Thriller of the Supreme Court) created the series and will write and exec produce alongside Davis and her husband/JuVee Productions partner Julius Tennon, Oscar winner Cathy Schulman and her Welle Entertainment banner (Crash), Jeff Gaspin (L.A.'s Finest) and Link Entertainment's Brad Kaplan (Mr. Church). The series is a co-production between Showtime and Lionsgate Television. Andrew Wang and Susanne Bier, the latter of whom will direct and also exec produce.
The casting brings Greer back to Showtime following her co-starring turn in the cabler's Kidding, Masters of Sex and Californication. The busy actress' credits include Ant-Man and The Wasp, War for the Planet of the Apes, Wilson and Lemon. She's repped by CAA, Artists First and Felker Toczek.
The pandemic has made scheduling a mess for in-demand actors, writers and directors who are juggling multiple projects at once, making things like recastings and director changes increasingly common.