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How I Met Your Mother’s Alyson Hannigan has finally found her next big scripted TV project and it’s going to be based on a film from the 1990s. Hold on to your television sets, folks. It’s time for another reboot, and this time the focus will come from the 1996 comedy The First Wives Club.
A Deadline report says that Alyson Hannigan has signed on the the TVLand show The First Wives Club. In a twist on the film, the TV show will feature a younger cast and be set in current day San Francisco. Hannigan will play one of a trio of women, who were all friends and classmates in the ‘90s, who reconnect after finding out that another college friend of theirs has died in a freak accident. When they all realize that their romantic lives are at confusing crossroads, they stick together to help each other navigate the challenges ahead.
Alyson Hannigan has signed on to portray Maggie, who’s an English professor at a local university. The former aspiring poet is incredibly intelligent, but has started to feel stuck in her flagging marriage. The death of her college friend leads her to take some bold steps to change her life, including leaving her husband and trying to approach life with more gusto than she has in a long time.
The plot of the original First Wives Club, which was based on a 1992 novel of the same name, was a bit more specific. The movie followed three middle-aged women, played by Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn and Bette Midler, who decide to get revenge on their ex-husbands, all of whom left each woman for younger women. The movie received mixed reviews, but became a surprise hit, making over $181 million dollars worldwide on a budget of around $30 million. Alyson Hannigan’s role will be akin to the part Keaton took in the film.
After spending nine seasons on How I Met Your Mother, it’s become the project Alyson Hannigan is best known for, but the actress has appeared in several well-known television shows and movies. She got her start at age four by doing commercials, and went on to first make her mark in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She’s also used her talents in the American Pie film series, Angel, That ‘70s Show and Veronica Mars, among other shows and films.
Well, after being off of our televisions for a couple of years, it will be nice to see Alyson Hannigan return to the airwaves. There’s no word yet on when the show will debut on TVLand, but we’ll let you know when we have any new information. Until then, you can check out our summer TV premiere schedule.