EXCLUSIVE: Show time will not pick up a second season of an hour-long drama anthology series The first lady. The anthology’s star-studded Season 1, which takes place in the East Wing of the White House and focuses on telling the stories of America’s charismatic, complex, and dynamic first ladies, centered on Eleanor Roosevelt (Gillian Anderson), Betty Ford (Michelle Pfeiffer)\ and Michelle Obama (Viola Davis), with Davis also serving as executive producer.
“Showtime can confirm that the anthology series The first lady will not move forward with another season,” a network spokesperson said in a statement to Deadline. “We would like to applaud the artistry and commitment of our showrunner Cathy Schulman, director Susanne Bier, their fellow executive producers, our incredible cast – led by executive producer Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer and Gillian Anderson – and our partner of Lionsgate studio for their dedication to working to tell the unique stories of three remarkable leaders.
The first ladywhich received mixed reviews from critics, hailing from writer Aaron Cooley, Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions; Cathy Schulman’s Welle Entertainment (otherness); and Jeff Gaspin’s Gaspin Media. Cooley executive produced with Davis and Tennon through their JuVee Productions, Schulman through Welle Entertainment, Gaspin through Gaspin Media, and Brad Kaplan through Link Entertainment. Susanne Bier was director/executive producer. Showtime and Lionsgate TV co-produced the series.
At the TCA in February, Schulman and Bier shared that they were exploring potential future installments that they said could feature Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Hillary Clinton, Dolly Madison, Edith Wilson, Martha Washington, Rosalynn Carter or Melania Trump.