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Alyson Hannigan & Megan Hilty to Star in TV Land’s ‘First Wives Club’ Remake

Alyson Hannigan and Megan Hilty have been cast in TV Land’s “First Wives Club” pilotVariety has confirmed.

The duo will star in the television reboot of the 1996 film, which will take place in modern-day San Francisco. Like the original rom-com, the story revolves around three women who were friends and classmates in the ’90s and reconnect after their close friend from college dies in a freak accident.

Hannigan and Hilty will play two of the three leads. The original movie starred Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton.

The casting is a huge “get” for TV Land, as “First Wives Club” will mark Hannigan’s first major role after “How I Met Your Mother” and Hilty’s since “Smash,” which turned her into a household name. While the project has only been greenlit for a pilot, with the two ladies now attached, the series should be appealing for a full series order.

With the package of a recognizable title and a two big names, “First Wives Club” is a big step in the cabler’s continuation in buzzier, scripted efforts, following Darren Star’s critically-praised “Younger.”

In the pilot, first reported by Deadline, Hannigan will play Maggie, an English professor at a university in San Francisco. Once an aspiring poet, she is a bright but frustrated woman who is struggling to put excitement back into her flagging marriage.  When one of her old college friends dies, she is galvanized to finally make changes, starting with leaving her  husband and tackling life with a renewed sense of adventure. Hilty will play Kim, once a very successful actress who has “aged out” of Hollywood. Needy and vulnerable, she works hard at staying fit and gorgeous, still hoping for that breakout role, while doing cheesy commercials. Divorced, with an eight year old son, Kim is happy to reconnect with old friends.

“First Wives Club” hails from Paramount TV and is written by Rebecca Addelman, and exec produced by Jenny Bicks and  Karen Rosenfelt.

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