Alicia Silverstone to star as “American Woman” in new 1970s retro TV series


Star of cult classic films Clueless, The Crush, Batman and Robin, and Blast from the Past, Alicia Silverstone will headline her own television series next year.  Silverstone announced yesterday that TV Land has ordered twelve episodes of the retro comedy-drama American Woman.  Silverstone will portray a single mother of two girls in show business, and the story will focus on Silverstone’s character as she searches out her independence in 1970s America with the help of her two best friends.

Expect some over-the-top 1970s fashion (bell bottoms, short shorts, and wild print dresses), disco, and, hopefully, The Guess Who’s original American Woman as the title track.  TV Land is also working on a series based on the movie Heathers.  The retro vibe of Stranger Things must be catching on.


The series is inspired by the upbringing of child actresses Kyle Richards and Kim Richards in the 1970s.  Kim Richards was a familiar face throughout 1970s and 1980s TV shows (like Emergency!, Diff’rent Strokes, and Magnum, P.I.) and was in films including the Escape to Witch Mountain series (with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan’s Ike Eisenmann) and John Carpenter’s Assault on Precinct 13.  Her younger sister Kyle was in John Carpenter’s Halloween, the classic Watcher in the Woods, and was featured in several TV series including Little House on the Prairie.  Kim is a producer on the new series.

This is only the second TV series Silverstone has headlined.  The other series was a short-lived series called Miss Match, where she played a marriage lawyer who doubled as a matchmaker.  She also voiced a lead character in 54 episodes of the animated series Braceface, and appeared in guest roles on several other TV shows and movies.

The series will feature Mena Suvari (Domino, Psych) and Jennifer Bartels (Men in Black 3) as Silverstone’s character’s friends.  Cheyenne Jackson (30 Rock, American Horror Story) plays a new friend of Suvari’s character.  Newcomers Makenna James and Lia Ryan McHugh play the kids.  The production team behind the series includes some real comedy and drama veterans: John Riggi (The Larry Sanders Show, 30 Rock, Family Guy, The Bernie Mack Show, Will & Grace), John Wells (China Beach, Third Watch, The West Wing, ER, Southland, Shameless), and Alex Hardcastle (Parks and Recreation, New Girl, Fresh Off the Boat, The Mindy Project).

American Woman will air on TV Land, but no release date has yet been set for the first episode.

C.J. Bunce

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