Three Women: Starz Picks Up Shailene Woodley Drama

STARZ is keeping a show alive that was scrapped post-development.

The premium cabler announced today it has picked up the 10-episode drama Three Women, based on the #1 New York Times bestselling book of the same name from acclaimed author and the show’s creator Lisa Taddeo.

The show completed production at Showtime, but the cabler scrapped it last month after a change in strategy.

Shailene Woodley for Starz

Three Women stars Shailene Woodley (Big Little Lies, The Descendants), Betty Gilpin (Gaslit, GLOW), DeWanda Wise (She’s Gotta Have It, Jurassic World: Dominion), Gabrielle Creevy (In My Skin, The Pact), Blair Underwood (In Treatment, Impeachment: American Crime Story, Your Honor), and John Patrick Amedori (Dear White People, She Won’t Forget).

Laura Eason (The Loudest Voice, House of Cards) is the showrunner.

Shailene on Starz

“We are proud to welcome ‘Three Women’ to the STARZ family. The show is anchored by such remarkable talent both in front of and behind the camera and aligns perfectly with our commitment to telling stories by, for and about women,” said Alison Hoffman, President, Domestic Networks, STARZ.

Taddeo, who also wrote the pilot episode, said, “We set out to make a bluntly beautiful show about the way that women want and suffer and thrill, the way they make love and take love.”

“That STARZ will be the home for ‘Three Women’ is not merely right and perfect, but also a force of auspicious change.”

“I cannot wait for the world to see these raw and real stories on a network committed to the complexity and firepower of the female experience.”

Gabrielle Creevey for Starz

“With its unwavering commitment to supporting and amplifying female-driven stories, we have found the perfect home for ‘Three Women’ at STARZ,” said Eason.

“Our whole team — writers, directors, cast, and crew — is deeply proud of what we’ve made and I am incredibly grateful to STARZ for believing in our vision and cannot wait to share this show with the world.”

“Three Women” is an intimate, haunting portrayal of American female desire that finds three women on a crash course to radically overturn their lives.

Lina (Gilpin), a homemaker in suburban Indiana, is a decade into a passionless marriage when she embarks on an affair that quickly becomes all-consuming and transforms her life.

DeWanda Wise for Starz

Sloane (Wise), a glamorous entrepreneur in the Northeast, has a committed open marriage with Richard (Underwood), until two sexy new strangers threaten their aspirational love story.

Maggie (Gabrielle Creevy), a student in North Dakota, weathers an intense storm after accusing her married English teacher of an inappropriate relationship.

Gia (Woodley), a writer grieving the loss of her family, persuades each of these three spectacular “ordinary” women to tell her their stories, and her relationships with them change the course of her life forever.

A premiere date has not been revealed.

Betty Gilpin for Starz

Starz previously picked up Minx after HBO Max canceled it, despite Season 2 production being completed.

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Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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