The First Wives Club is being rebooted for TV with a diverse cast

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Amy Swales

Don’t make a scene, but everyone’s favourite tale of divorce revenge has finally got its TV reboot date.

The First Wives Club, the TV series, is slated to air 18 January 2018 on Paramount Network (formerly Spike TV).

As fans will know, the original 1996 film starred Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn and Bette Midler as ex-wives banding together against their former spouses, and reports that the small-screen remake will largely stick to the same formula.

And while not every sequel, premake, remake and reboot is received enthusiastically, there are high hopes for the series given Tracy Oliver, co-writer of summer’s box-office hit Girls Trip, is on board.

It will be executive produced by Karen Rosenfelt (Twilight, The Devil Wears Prada).

The project was initially reported on last year, but stalled before being picked up by Paramount Network. Oliver took to Twitter to promise a “diverse cast”, though no names have yet been touted.

The original, which also starred Sarah Jessica Parker as one of the husbands’ new partners, was a success, but a sequel never happened. According to Hawn, good old ageism and sexism stalled negotiations over pay.

Explaining that the lead stars all took a pay cut in order for the film to be made, Hawn said they were offered exactly the same deal for the new film, even though the first had been a runaway success.

“We were all women of a certain age, and everyone took a cut in salary to do it so the studio could make what it needed […] we ended up doing incredibly well. The movie was hugely successful,” she said.

“But two years later, when the studio came back with a sequel, they wanted to offer us exactly the same deal […] Had three men come in there, they would have upped their salaries without even thinking about it.

“The fear of women’s movies is embedded in the culture.”

Paramount Network launches in January, and will also be screening the updated Heathers TV series.

Image: Rex Features


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Amy Swales

Amy Swales is a freelance writer who likes to eat, drink and talk about her dog. She will continue to plunder her own life and the lives of her loved ones for material in the name of comedy, catharsis and getting pictures of her dog on the internet.

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