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The First Lady canceled by Showtime after one season
The First Lady will not be back for a second season following a vote of no confidence from its network Showtime.'Showtime can confirm that the anthology series The First Lady will not be moving forward with another season,' a spokesperson for the network shared with Deadline on Monday.The series — which stars Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer and Gillian Anderson as famous wives of American presidents — incited controversy during its brief tenure for Davis' portrayal of Michelle Obama, which some viewers found to be 'insulting' and over-the-top. No second term: Showtime has canceled its historical drama series The First Lady after just one season; (L–R) stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Viola Davis and Gillian Anderson pictured'We would like to applaud the artistry and commitment of our showrunner Cathy Schulman, director Susanne Bier, their fellow executive producers, our amazing cast — led by executive producer Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer and Gillian Anderson — and our studio partner Lionsgate for their dedicated work in telling the unique stories of three remarkable leaders,' the statement concluded.In addition to Davis playing Obama, Pfeiffer starred on the anthology series as Betty Ford, while Anderson played Eleanor Roosevelt.
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Michelle Pfeiffer receives sad news concerning fate of The First Lady
Michelle Pfeiffer received some sad news as it was announced earlier in the week that her show, The First Lady, had been canceled.MORE: Michelle Pfeiffer turns heads with the most amazing throwback photo - her hair!The Showtime anthology series, in which Michelle portrayed former First Lady of the United States Betty Ford and also starred Viola Davis and Gillian Anderson, was also executive produced by Viola.VIDEO: Michelle Pfeiffer reveals dilemma about appearanceA statement released by a spokesperson for the show to Deadline read: "Showtime can confirm that the anthology series The First Lady will not be moving forward with another season."The heartbreaking news came amid talks of a potential sequel or second season for the show, which featured the journeys of First Ladies such as Hillary Clinton, Edith Wilson, and even Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.MORE: Michelle Pfeiffer marks special celebration with rare snapshot of siblings"We would like to applaud the artistry and commitment of our showrunner Cathy Schulman, director Susanne Bier, their fellow executive producers, our amazing cast — led by executive producer Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer and Gillian Anderson — and our studio partner Lionsgate for their dedicated work in telling the unique stories of three remarkable leaders," the statement continued.A post shared by The First Lady on Showtime (@thefirstlady_sho)The First Lady was canceled by ShowtimeThe series received mixed reviews from critics upon release, with Michelle and Gillian's performance receiving positive reviews along with several production aspects like costumes and set design.According to Showtime: "The series will peel back the curtain on the personal and political lives of three unique, enigmatic
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Sylvester Stallone, Jessica Chastain, Gillian Anderson to Feature at Paramount+ U.K. Launch – Global Bulletin
Naman Ramachandran Streamer Paramount+ is set to make a splash at its U.K. launch in London on June 20, with a galaxy of stars from its original shows set to feature at the hot ticket event. Graham Norton (Paramount+’s “Queen of the Universe”) will host the event which will feature stars from Paramount’s series and films including Gillian Anderson, Viola Davis and Michelle Pfeiffer (“The First Lady”); Jessica Chastain and Michael Shannon (“George & Tammy”); Miranda Cosgrove (“iCarly”); Kevin Costner and Kelly Reilly (“Yellowstone”); Tawny Cypress and Melanie Lynskey (“Yellowjackets”); Chiwetel Ejiofor, Naomie Harris and Bill Nighy (“The Man Who Fell To Earth”); Joey Essex, Chloe Ferry, Bethan Kershaw and James Tindale (“All Star Shore”); Matthew Goode and Juno Temple (“The Offer”); Shelley Hennig, Tyler Hoechlin, Tyler Posey, Crystal Reed and Holland Roden (“Teen Wolf”); Faith Hill and Tim McGraw (“1883”); Sonequa Martin-Green (“Star Trek Discovery”); Natascha McElhone and Pablo Schreiber (“Halo”); Kate Mulgrew (“Star Trek Prodigy); David Oyelowo (“Bass Reeves”); and Sylvester Stallone (“Tulsa King”).
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Viola Davis, Dakota Fanning and Michelle Pfeiffer bring the glamour to The First Lady premiere in LA
Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Gillian Anderson andDakota Fanning were dressed to impress at thepremiere of their highly-anticipated series The First Lady in Los Angeles, California on Thursday evening.For thestar-studded occasion, held at the at the DGA Theater, Davis, 56, who portraysMichelle Obama in the drama, rocked a bright orange, floor-length gown, sparkly gold earrings andglamorous smokey grey eyeshadow.Ahead of the release of Aaron Cooley's political anthology, which also stars Pfeiffer as Betty Ford and Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt, this Sunday on Showtime,the Scarface actress, 63, oozed sophisticationin a black satin suit with a plunging blouse and semi-sheer pumps. The fierce ladies: Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Gillian Anderson and Dakota Fanning were dressed to impress at the premiere of their highly-anticipated series The First Lady in Los Angeles, California on Thursday eveningThe Batman Returns star wore her shoulder-length blonde hair in loose waves and opted for glowing makeup look, consisting of a pink lipstick and sweeping of blush for a gorgeous healthy-looking glow on her flawless skin.
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Viola Davis Shares What Went Into Playing Michelle Obama in 'The First Lady' (Exclusive)
Fans might think it's hard for a seasoned, award-winning and beloved actor like Viola Davis to be shaken by any role, but the  star isn't afraid to admit that her most recent project was a little nerve-wracking.In fact, the actress called portraying Michelle Obama for Showtime's scripted anthology series, , «absolutely terrifying.» Davis spoke with ET's Nischelle Turner ahead of the premiere of the non-fiction series alongside her co-stars Michelle Pfeiffer and Gillian Anderson, who star as Betty Ford and Eleanor Roosevelt, respectively. The show’s first season, directed and executive produced by Susanne Bier, follows the three former first ladies for «a revelatory reframing of American leadership, told through the lens of the women at the heart of the White House.»Set in the East Wing,  will show how «many of history’s most impactful and world-changing decisions have been hidden from view, made by America's charismatic, complex and dynamic first ladies.» The show, set to premiere on April 17, will go into the personal and political lives of three such «unique, enigmatic women,» recounting their journeys from wife to Washington.Davis noted that the scariest aspect of portraying Obama was the idea that she was someone whom «everyone has ownership over.»«You’re terrified whenever you start a job because you are afraid you are going to be found out — that’s big imposter syndrome.
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