Vanessa Williams has signed on to play the lead role in VH1’s upcoming hour-long scripted drama series inspired by Star Jones’ 2011 book “Satan’s Sisters.”
Set in the bright lights of daytime television, “Satan’s Sisters” is the story of "The Lunch Hour" – a long-running, popular ladies’ talk show in which alliances are forged, careers are made, and bridges are burned.
Slated for a 2017 premiere, per the press release, the series will focus on the five female co-hosts of a popular daily TV talk show and the fireworks that ensue each weekday when they discuss life, love, family, politics, and gossip. These five women, with very different points of view, are best friends and sisters… while they’re on TV. But behind the scenes, they are “Satan’s Sisters” – a backstage world filled with power struggles, personal demons, diva fits, love affairs, man troubles, cat fights… and cocktails.
Williams will play the role of Maxine, the creator and host of “The Lunch Hour;” described as a formidable, powerful, and decisive woman, who fears she’s being put out to pasture.
“I’m so excited that ‘Satan’s Sisters,’ which was such a fun book to write, is finally coming to the small screen,” said Star Jones. “I would be lying if I said that ‘Satan’s Sisters’ wasn’t influenced by the soap opera life of daytime TV but it is a work of fiction. All the characters are inspired, in parts, by someone I’ve worked with, worked for, interviewed, was interviewed by and/or even prosecuted.”
Executive producers for the series are Josh Berman (“Drop Dead Diva,” “CSI”), Star Jones, Suzanne DePasse (“The Temptations,” “Lonesome Dove”) & Madison Jones, and Susan Levison.
Writers for the series are Amy Engelberg and Wendy Engelberg who also serve as executive producers.
The series is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television.
The series will continue VH1’s momentum in the scripted arena. The network recently gave the series greenlight for its critically acclaimed original movie “The Breaks” which was seen by 2.6 million total viewers on its January 4 premiere night. The third season of “Hit The Floor,” currently airing on Monday nights, premiered last month as the #1 non-sports cable program in its time period among women 18-49, women 18-34 and adults 18-34.