When Ginnifer Goodwin's New Show Why Women Kill Will Premiere

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(Image credit: CBS All Access)
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Ginnifer Goodwin had a regular presence in primetime for the better part of a decade thanks to Once Upon a Time, but her next lead role will definitely not be Snow White. Goodwin stars in the upcoming CBS All Access series Why Women Kill, and there probably won't be any poisoned apples doing the dirty deeds. Now, CBS All Access has announced when Why Women Kill will premiere. Ginnifer Goodwin's new series debuts in August.

Yes, Why Women Kill premieres on Thursday, August 15 on CBS' streaming service. Unlike new series that premiere on Netflix, the full first season won't be immediately available. Each episode of the ten-part season will be available on demand on a weekly basis with Thursday releases. On the one hand, that means no binge-watching if you want to watch from the very beginning. On the other hand, that means the killer entertainment won't be done within ten consecutive hours!

Why Women Kill is a darkly comedic drama that stars Lucy Liu (Elementary) and Kirby Howell-Baptiste (The Good Place) as well as Ginnifer Goodwin. The show will tell the stories of three women living in three different eras: a housewife in the 1960s, a socialite in the 1980s, and a lawyer in 2019. The women have one thing in common: they must deal with infidelity in their marriage. Viewers will see how the roles of woman may have changed over time, but their reactions to being betrayed have remained the same.

CBS All Access hasn't released much in the way of details about the characters, but the image alone is a pretty obvious sign that Ginnifer Goodwin will be playing the 1960s housewife. A previous description names her as "Beth Ann," and she wears a mask of cheer and warmth to hide the pain of her failing marriage.

Beth Ann becomes determined to investigate the details of her husband's affair, and the process will end with a change of perspective that shifts her entire life. Will it also end with a dead husband? And what of the other two women in the show?

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I think it's probably pretty safe to say that Lucy Liu will be playing the socialite based on that 80s-tastic look she's sporting in the promo photo. Her character will be Simone, who is described as "elegant, stylish," and "effervescent." Appearance is everything to Simone, and she appears quite happy as she spends her time shopping, throwing parties, and overall treating the world like a movie starring her.

Unfortunately, Simone learns that husband Karl has been cheating on her, and the title of the show indicates that she's probably not going to just let bygones be bygones. Lucy Liu seems to have ditched the blonde tresses that she wore for the final season of Elementary. Simone will evidently have dark hair. Now, what about the third leading lady of Why Women Kill?

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By process of elimination (and based on the contemporary look in the promo pic), Kirby Howell-Baptiste's character will be the 2019 lawyer. This character will be named Taylor. Fiercely intelligent, Taylor has a sensitive side that she doesn't often show, and she's quite protective of husband Eli. She's openly bisexual, and she and Eli enjoy an open marriage that is seemingly working just fine.

I'm going to go ahead and assume that the open marriage isn't working just fine, but we'll have to wait and see what happens. While the August 15 premiere date for CBS All Access means that Why Women Kill isn't exactly right around the corner, at least it is a definitive date. For the next couple of months, TV fans can fill their time with other summer viewing options.

Laura Hurley
Senior Content Producer

Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel, but will sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation.