Debra Messing to Star in East Wing a New Comedy About the Reagan White House

Caroline Hallemann
Photo credit: Jamie McCarthy - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jamie McCarthy - Getty Images

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Debra Messing is heading to the White House—well, at least she is on TV. The actress best known for her roles on Will and Grace and Smash, is set to star in a new 30-minute comedy on Starz called East Wing. Here's what we know so far.

It will be set in the Reagan White House.

Per Deadline, East Wing "tells the story of Hollis Carlisle (Messing), a hostess extraordinaire who juggles her threatened husband, rebellious children, Nancy Reagan’s Chief of Staff and a crippling social anxiety disorder."

Photo credit: Dirck Halstead
Photo credit: Dirck Halstead

The series is loosely inspired by creator Ali Wentworth's mom's life.

Wentworth's mother, Muffie Cabot, served as Nancy Reagan's Social Secretary in the 1980s. But at this point, it's unclear exactly how much will be based on history, and how much will be fictionalized.

In addition to writing the series, Wentworth will also play the role of Hollis’s friend, Kelly Forbes, who is intimidated by Hollis's career success.

"Debra is a singular talent with whom we’ve had the honor of working in the past, and we couldn’t be more excited to reunite with Ali to bring her mother’s incredible story to viewers," Lionsgate Television Group Chairman Kevin Beggs said in a statement. "Ali, Debra and Liz [Tuccillo, who is also a writer and creator of the series] are shepherding a witty and empowering series right in the wheelhouse of our Starz premium platform."

A premiere date has yet to be announced.

Watch this space. We'll update as soon as we know more.

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