TV Land has given a series order to its half-hour 1970s dramedy pilot American Woman, starring Alicia Silverstone. Inspired by the real-life upbringing of co-executive producer Kyle Richards (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), American Woman is written and executive produced by 30 Rock alum John Riggi and executive produced by John Wells. Co-starring in the John Wells Prods./Warner Horizon TV show, which has received a 12-episode order, are Mena Suvari and Jennifer Bartels.
Set amid the sexual revolution and the rise of second-wave feminism, American Woman follows Bonnie (Silverstone), an unconventional mother struggling to raise her two daughters (Makenna James and Lia Ryan McHugh) after leaving her husband. She and her two best friends, Kathleen (Suvari) and Diana (Bartels), each will discover their own brand of independence in a world reluctant to give it.
“We feel very lucky to be working with John Riggi and John Wells on this fantastic series that is not only beautifully written and directed but has a stellar cast that portrays the themes of the ‘70s in a way that is still relevant today,” said Keith Cox, President of Development and Original Programming for TV Land.
Alex Hardcastle directed and served as executive producer on the pilot.
American Woman was one of two pilots in the hopper at TV Land. The other, Heathers, based on the movie, is now filming. American Woman joins fellow new TV Land series, comedy Nobodies, from Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone, which was picked up to series over the summer.