EXCLUSIVE: Alyson Hannigan and Megan Hilty have been tapped as leads in the TV Land pilot The First Wives Club, a reboot of the 1996 feature, from Paramount Television and Sex and the City alumna Jenny Bicks and Karen Rosenfelt.
Written by Rebecca Addelman (New Girl), the single-camera TV Land project is a new twist on the Paramount film, which starred Diane Keaton, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn. Set in present-day San Francisco, the story revolves around three women – friends and classmates in the ’90s – who reconnect after their close friend from college dies in a freak accident. When they discover that they are all at a romantic crossroads, they band together to tackle divorce, relationships and life’s other annoying challenges.
How I Met Your Mother alumna Hannigan and Smash‘s Hilty will play two of the three leads, reminiscent of the roles played by Keaton and Hawn, respectively, in the original.
Hannigan is Maggie, an English professor at a university in San Francisco. Once an aspiring poet, she is a bright but frustrated woman who is struggling to put excitement back into her flagging marriage. When her old college friend dies, she is galvanized to finally make changes, starting with leaving her husband and tackling life with a renewed sense of adventure.
Hilty will play Kim, once a very successful actress who has “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.
The First Wives Club is produced by Paramount Television, with Bicks and Rosenfelt, who oversaw the movie, serving as executive producers.
On TV, Hilty, who also has an extensive Broadway résumé, recently recurred on The Good Wife and Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce. She is repped by Gersh and Perennial Entertainment. Hannigan is with APA.
In addition to First Wives Club, Paramount TV has two pilots at Hulu — Citizen and When the Street Lights Go On.