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The First Lady - Rosalind Chao, Michael Potts and Donna Lynn Champlin Join Cast

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Rosalind Chao (The Joy Luck Club), Michael Potts (The Wire) and Donna Lynne Champlin (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) are set for recurring roles on Showtime’s upcoming anthology series The First Lady (working title), starring Viola Davis — who also executive produces — Michelle Pfeiffer and Gillian Anderson. Cathy Schulman serves as showrunner. Susanne Bier (The Undoing) will direct and executive produce.

Created by Aaron Cooley and produced by Lionsgate TV and Showtime, The First Lady is a revelatory reframing of American leadership, told through the lens of the women at the heart of the White House. Season 1 focuses on Eleanor Roosevelt (Anderson), Betty Ford (Pfeiffer) and Michelle Obama (Davis).

Chao plays Tina Tchen, a brilliant lawyer known for her strategy and wit, who was Chief of Staff to the First Lady Michelle Obama and served as Executive Director for the Council on Women and Girls.

Potts portrays Fraser Robinson III, the father of Michelle Obama.

Champlin is Melissa “Mel” Winter, a democratic political aide who was Michelle Obama’s first hire during Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and continues to serve as her trusted Chief of Staff.


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