Despite viewers wanting more from the hour-long drama series, The First Lady will not be picked up for a second season with Showtime. The decision not to continue with the star-studded series comes just over six weeks after the season 1 finale aired on the network.
A Showtime spokesperson confirmed they will not be moving forward with season 2 for the anthology series, which was first reported by Deadline. Set in the east wing of the White House, the anthology-style series focused on America’s charismatic, complicated, and dynamic first ladies. The first season focused on three of the most memorable first ladies of recent years, Eleanor Roosevelt Betty Ford and Michelle Obama, give a glimpse into their lives behind the scenes. The star cast consisted of: Gillian Anderson (Sex education, The X files) as Roosevelt, Michelle Pfeiffer (What’s underneath?, Ant-Man and the Wasp) as Ford, and Viola Davis (The help, fences) as Obama. Davis also served as an executive producer for the series.
In a statement released to Deadline, a network spokesperson said:
Showtime can confirm that the anthology series The First Lady will not continue for another season. We applaud the artistry and dedication of our showrunner Cathy Schulman, director Susanne Bier, their fellow executive producers, our stellar 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.
In addition to Showtime, Lionsgate TV helped co-produce The First Lady, in which several other popular actors played other roles from American history. Play their very famous husbands and former heads of state, Kiefer Sutherland (24, The refugee) portrayed Franklin D. Roosevelt, OT Fagbenle (The Handmaid’s Tale, Black Widow) portrayed Barack Obama and Aaron Eckhart as Gerard Ford. The cast also included Dakota Fanning (Coraline, the alienist) as first daughter Susan Elizabeth Ford, Lily Rabea (American horror story, Miss Stevens) as the American journalist and lover of First Lady Roosevelt Lorena Hickok, and Regina Taylor (I will fly away, To dig) as First Lady Obama’s mother, Marian Robinson.
The anthology series was directed by Susanna Bier who also served as one of the executive producers. The 10-episode series is praised by writer Aaron CooleyDavis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee productions; Oscar winner Cathy Schulmans Welle entertainment (otherwise); and Jeff Gaspin’s Gaspin Media. Cooley also executive produced with Davis and Tennon through their JuVee Productions, Schulman through Welle Entertainment, Gaspin through Gaspin Media and Brad Kaplan through Link Entertainment. Showtime and Lionsgate TV produced the series. Andrew Wang, Pavlina Hatoupis and Alyson Feltes also served as executive producers for the series.
The First Lady is available exclusively on Showtime. Watch the trailer below: