'Orange Is the New Black' creator starts work on new series
This May 20, 2015 file photo, Jenji Kohan arrives at Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black" Q&A Screening at the Director Guild of America in Los Angeles. (Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File)
Published Saturday, August 12, 2017 8:29AM EDT
Feted as the creator of "Weeds" and "Orange Is the New Black", and as an executive producer of "GLOW", a new Netflix series that has just received the green light for a second season, Jenji Kohan is forging ahead with another series, "American Princess".
Once again in this new project, women characters will take center stage. The heroine, Amanda, a socialite in New York's Upper East Side, runs away from her wedding when she discovers that her fiancé has been cheating on her. Lost in the countryside, she finds herself without a telephone or the means to return home.
Worse still, her dramatic flight from the altar is all over the press. On the verge of a nervous breakdown, she decides to leave everything, even her dreams of becoming famous, behind her, and re-evaluate her life.
Lifetime is betting heavily on the success of "American Princess", having skipped over the pilot stage, which allows the channel managers a first look at the series, to directly commission ten episodes.
The cable channel which specializes in TV films has been in the market for a prestigious series by a major name since the August 2016 termination of "Devious Maids". The drama series created by Marc Cherry of "Desperate Housewives" fame, had contributed much to Lifetime's popularity.
No broadcast date has been announced for "American Princess", which will air alongside such other distinguished creations as "Unreal", the behind-the-scenes story of a reality TV show, "Mary Kills People", the story of a doctor who helps terminally ill patients end their lives when they want to, and the forthcoming series "You".