Nineties movies stars Alicia Silverstone and Mena Suvari are moving to the small screen for an upcoming comedy series about the childhood of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards.
The show will be set in the '70s and also star Jennifer Bartels, and Cheyenne Jackson. It follows Bonnie Nolan (Silverstone) - "a mother tasked with making ends meet for herself and two children after leaving her husband and discovering her own independence against the backdrop of the women's lib movement".
Entertainment Weekly has revealed a first look at the ladies in action:
#AmericanWoman might be inspired by the early life of Bravo personality #KyleRichards, but there's nothing typically housewife-y about the new, sassy dramedy starring Alicia Silverstone, Mena Suvari, Jennifer Bartels and Cheyenne Jackson. We have an exclusive first look at the 1970s-set series, which follows Bonnie Nolan (Silverstone), a mother tasked with making ends meet for herself and two children after leaving her husband and discovering her own independence against the backdrop of the women's lib movement. Click the link in our bio for more details and photos. ðŸ“·: Paramount Network
"I play the American Woman, Bonnie Nolan, and she’s a firecracker of a woman. She’s a trailblazer of her time… the period is so vibrant,” Silverstone previously told EW of the upcoming show.
"Sex is oozing out, and everything [for women’s liberation] is bubbling up; they’re burning their bras, and two years before our story [takes place] was Roe v. Wade… One of our teases is ‘Liberation is a bitch.’ [We’re observing] liberation, and then [asking]: How do you deal with it?"
Clueless star Silverstone went on to say: "Even though she’s a trophy wife, she’s smart and feisty, but once she’s crossed, be careful. She’s really dangerous and incredibly unpredictable. That’s what I love: She’s complex... There’s relief watching her. Because this woman loves her kids ferociously, but she’s also really reckless and does really bad things. She’s a contradiction: she’s a wild, ferocious creature, and she’s a badass, but she’s also terrified underneath."
American Beauty star Mena Suvari plays one of Bonnie's best friends, Kathleen, while Jennifer Bartels plays her other friend Diana.
The showrunner is John Wells, best known for his work on ER, Third Watch, The West Wing, Southland, and Shameless.
Expect lots of '70s glam too, with Silverstone saying: "You’re going to be excited and turned on by the period, [with] the clothes, the music, the hair, and the jewels."
American Woman will debut on the Paramount Network on June 7, 2018 and hopefully we will get it not too much later over on this side of the pond.