Vanessa Lachey Boards TV Land's 'First Wives Club' Reboot

Vanessa Lachey - Getty - H 2016
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Vanessa Lachey - Getty - H 2016

TV Land has cast the third wife in its First Wives Club reboot.

Vanessa Lachey has been tapped to star opposite Alyson Hannigan and Megan Hilty in the pilot for the Viacom-owned cable network, 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.
Lachey (Truth Be Told, Dads, Disaster Movie) will play the third wife, Sasha, a driven and successful chef in San Francisco. She has it all — a hot restaurant and a great girlfriend whom she plans to marry. But when she reconnects with her old friends after the death of their college roommate, she realizes she may not be as ready to settle down as she thought.
Hannigan (Buffy) will portray Maggie, an English professor at a San Francisco university and aspiring poet. The character is bright but frustrated, struggling 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 and with an 8-year-old son, Kim is happy to reconnect with old friends.