Back to IndieWire

VH1 Greenlights Hour-Long Scripted Series Based on Star Jones’ 2011 Book ‘Satan’s Sisters’

VH1 Greenlights Hour-Long Scripted Series Based on Star Jones’ 2011 Book 'Satan’s Sisters'

A project that’s been in development for about 5 years, since Star Jones first revealed the possibility of it on the Wendy Williams Show in 2011, although, at the time, it wasn’t clear where it would end up, and whether it would be a TV series or a TV movie… VH1 has given the greenlight to a one-hour scripted 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.

“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.

“Daytime TV now comments on and creates pop culture,” said Chris McCarthy, General Manager, VH1.  “Star Jones’ book is the perfect project for VH1 and our partners to bring to life.”
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.

Sign Up: Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! Sign up for our Email Newsletters here.

This Article is related to: Television and tagged

Get The Latest IndieWire Alerts And Newsletters Delivered Directly To Your Inbox