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‘Reservation Dogs,’ ‘Abbott Elementary’ Among Sentinel Awards Honorees

Reservation Dogs, Abbott Elementary, Dopesick and Hacks are among the television series set to be honored at the 2022 Sentinel Awards. The gala event will celebrate 12 series from broadcast, cable and streaming that tackled powerful and timely topics including racism, mental health and abortion. Hollywood, Health & Society (HH&S), a program from the USC […]

Why Casting Kiefer Sutherland in ‘The First Lady’ Marked an “Emotional Moment” for the Show’s Creator

Much of the ink printed about Showtime’s prestige series The First Lady has (deservingly) been in reference to its female creative team, whether it be stars Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer and Gillian Anderson, director Susanne Bier or producer Cathy Schulman. But there’s a good story to be told about two men on The First Lady, […]

How Michelle Pfeiffer Transformed Into Betty Ford for ‘The First Lady’

EYEBROWS [The show starts] when she was in her late 40s. I made her eyebrows fuller and darker. As she got older, and as the wigs changed, [her eyebrows were] more sparse, and the color would get lighter. EYES Betty Ford was in love with this icy blue eyeshadow, which sometimes she applied not in the […]

Michelle Pfeiffer Is Definitely Done Second-Guessing Herself (Probably!)

There is an inevitable moment during every Michelle Pfeiffer project when the actress tries doggedly to get herself out of it. “I’ll be like, ‘Oh, I can’t possibly do this for some crazy reason,'” she confesses, “some insurmountable thing that’s really not insurmountable, and my agents always see it coming.” Pfeiffer typically comes around, and […]

Capturing the Fun and Glam Style of Betty Ford in ‘The First Lady’

As the proverbial woman behind the most powerful man on earth, the first lady plays an often undefined role as political ally, emissary, hostess and, in some cases, arbiter of style. Showtime’s new series The First Lady takes a look at three women who lived at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in the years spanning 1933 to […]

Viola Davis Calls Online Criticism of Her ‘First Lady’ Performance a Hurtful “Occupational Hazard”

Viola Davis has responded to online critics of her portrayal of Michelle Obama in Showtime’s The First Lady, stating that it can be “incredibly hurtful” to face negative feedback on her work, but that ultimately it is her job as an actor to “make bold choices,” regardless of how it might be received. In a […]

Viola Davis, Gillian Anderson and Michelle Pfeiffer on Challenge of Playing Political Icons in ‘The First Lady’

“It’s just a challenge,” says Viola Davis of why she’s so drawn to play real-life characters versus fully fictional creations. “A challenge that brings you back to the work, brings you back to your process, scares you a great deal and reminds you why you wanted to become an actor. It’s not about failure or […]

Events of the Week: ‘The First Lady,’ ‘The Flight Attendant’ and More

As Hollywood events return to full force in New York and Los Angeles amid the coronavirus pandemic, here’s a look at this week’s biggest premieres, parties and openings, including red carpets for The First Lady, The Flight Attendant, Severance and Magic Johnson doc They Call Me Magic. Severance finale event Stars Patricia Arquette, Britt Lower, […]

‘The First Lady’ Newcomer Jayme Lawson on Her “Blessed” Rise From Off-Broadway to Screen Stardom

Heading into production on her first feature film, Jayme Lawson had a question. “I was like, ‘So, will there be food on set? Do I need to pack my own?’ ” Lawson recalls with a laugh from her Brooklyn apartment, about her onscreen debut in 2020’s Farewell Amor. Lawson was already a seasoned performer by […]

Viola Davis and Michelle Pfeiffer in Showtime’s ‘The First Lady’: TV Review

The historical drama weaves together the lives and legacies of three first ladies: Michelle Obama (Viola Davis), Betty Ford (Michelle Pfeiffer) and Eleanor Roosevelt (Gillian Anderson).

Lily Rabe Joins Showtime’s ‘The First Lady’

Lily Rabe is reuniting with The Undoing‘s Susanne Bier at Showtime. The American Horror Story favorite has joined the cast of the premium cable network’s The First Lady. The anthology focuses on the personal and political lives of the country’s most enigmatic heroes, with season one focused on Eleanor Roosevelt (Gillian Anderson), Betty Ford (Michelle […]

O-T Fagbenle Set as Barack Obama in Showtime’s ‘First Lady’

He'll play opposite Viola Davis in the anthology that also stars Michelle Pfeiffer and Gillian Anderson.