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TV Land Orders Alicia Silverstone Dramedy ‘American Woman’

Twelve Initial Episodes Have Been Ordered

TV Land has greenlit a 1970s period dramedy from John Wells Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television called “American Woman,” starring Alicia Silverstone (“Clueless,” “Suburgatory”), Mena Suvari (“American Beauty,” “Chicago Fire”) and Jennifer Bartels (“Broken”). Inspired by the real-life upbringing of co-executive producer Kyle Richards (“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”), “American Woman” follows Bonnie (Silverstone), an unconventional mother struggling to raise her two daughters (Makenna James and Lia Ryan McHugh) after leaving her husband. With the help of her two best friends, Kathleen (Suvari) and Diana (Bartels), these three women will each discover their own brand of independence in a world reluctant to give it.

“American Woman” is written and executive produced by John Riggi (“30 Rock,” “The Comeback”), and is executive produced by John Wells (“Shameless,” “ER,” “The West Wing”). Twelve initial episodes have been ordered.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. A show based on the real-life of a reality show producer…

    Can you get lower than that on the creativity-meter?