After just one season: According to "Deadline", the US broadcaster Showtime is discontinuing the star-studded series "The First Lady". The focus of the eight episodes is on former first ladies Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), Betty Ford (1918-2011) and Michelle Obama (57).
Showtime was able to win well-known actresses for its prestige project. "X-Files" star Gillian Anderson (52) plays Eleanor Roosevelt, Michelle Pfeiffer (63) Betty Ford. Oscar winner Viola Davis (55, The Help") can be seen as Michelle Obama.
The actors who played the presidents are also impressive. Kiefer Sutherland (54) embodies Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), Aaron Eckhart (53) Gerald Ford (1913-2006). Only the actor of Barack Obama (59), O. T. Fagbenle (40, "The Handmaid's Tale"), falls a little short of awareness.
All episodes were directed by Susanne Bier. The Dane won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for In A Better World.
Despite a strong cast and capable director, "The First Lady" failed the critics. Among other things, they criticized the confusing staging that jumped between the three plot times.
The series also failed to convince viewers, and the ratings were disappointing. "The First Lady" also fell short of the Emmy nominations. There were "only" three nominations for costume, hairstyle and make-up.
In Germany, the series is to be broadcast on the new streaming service Paramount, which is scheduled to start in December 2022.