“The First Lady” will not be renewed for a second season by Showtime. The network aired the show’s Season 1 finale about six weeks ago.
A spokesperson for Showtime approved, “Showtime can confirm that the anthology series ‘The First Lady’ will not be moving forward with another season.”
A representative of the network added, “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.”
As part of its first season, the anthology series followed the political and private lives of Betty Ford (Pfeiffer), Michelle Obama (Davis), and Eleanor Roosevelt (Anderson).
” The First Lady” was received with a neutral response by critics. The high-profile production received only three craft nominations across all categories from the Television Academy on Emmy nominations morning.
Showtime’s 10-episode series, created by Aaron Cooley, is produced by Lionsgate Television and executive produced by Oscar-winner Schulman for Welle Entertainment.
All first season’s episodes were executive produced and directed by Oscar and Emmy winner Bier. Additionally, Brad Kaplan, Pavlina Hatoupis, Julius Tennon, Alyson Feltes, and Jeff Gaspin served as executive producers.