Hold on to your hats: Lifetime is making a new series about women. Deadline reports that the network has just announced the casting of Salli Richardson-Whitfield as the lead in the hour-long drama "The Secret Lives of Wives." Richardson-Whitfield has spent the last five years in the kitschy Oregon town of Eureka on Syfy, where she was the female lead character Allison Blake.
The "Wives" pilot is written by Jill Gordon, whose previous credits include the underrated teen dramedy "Angus," and is inspired by the book by Iris Krasnow. The series explores the marriages of four different women, the unique problems each relationship must endure, and the creative ways the four women help each other through tumultuous times.
Richardson will portray one of the four main characters on the show, Reed, who moonlights as the host of a radio call-in show that caters to women's fantasies, even while her 17-year marriage is on shaky ground.
In a funny twist, the actress was also offered he lead in the similarly themed and almost identically titled NBC pilot "The Secret Lives of Husbands And Wives." Richardson reportedly opted for the Lifetime program after a successful meeting with the show's producers as well as her longtime relationship with the network's head of series development Nina Lederman.