Paramount Network has given a 10-episode series order to First Wives Club, a half-hour comedy based on the popular 1996 film from Paramount Pictures, from Girls Trip co-writer Tracy Oliver, who’s attached to write and executive produce the series, and Paramount Television. Production is scheduled to begin in New York City this summer for a 2019 premiere.
Paramount Network originally confirmed a pilot order for the project earlier this month. The network has now completed a deal for a series pickup. All Paramount orders so far have been straight-to-series.
The First Wives Club series, like the film which starred Diane Keaton, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn, will be based in New York City. It will follow a group of women — expected to be diverse — who band together after their marriages fall apart, and who find strength in their sisterhood- and of course a little revenge.
Karen Rosenfelt (the Twilight saga, The Devil Wears Prada) is executive producing alongside Scott Rudin, who produced the First Wives Club movie that, in turn, was based on the 1992 novel by Olivia Goldsmith.
“Tracy Oliver is a brilliant writer and the perfect visionary to bring this unforgettable story from the big screen to the small screen in a fresh and contemporary way,” said Keith Cox, President, Development and Production, Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT.
A First Wives Club TV series reboot was originally developed with Rosenfelt and a different writer at sibling Viacom channel TV Land ,where it was picked up to pilot by Cox, who now oversees development for Paramount Network. While TV Land ultimately passed on the pilot, the project was kept alive and moved to Paramount Network, designated as Viacom’s leading scripted brand, for redevelopment, with Oliver brought in to write a new script.
First Wives Club marks the Paramount Network’s first collaboration with sibling production company Paramount Television, whose series portfolio includes Epix’s Berlin Station, Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, USA’s Shooter and TNT’s The Alienist. Closer ties and more cooperation among the different divisions has been a key mandate at Viacom following the company’s restructuring a year ago.
“Girls Trip was one of the funniest comedies in recent memory and we know Tracy will breathe new life, and some serious laughs, into these beloved First Wives Club characters,” said Amy Powell, President of Paramount TV.
You can watch a teaser below: