Alicia Silverstone’s return to live-action television is almost complete. Prospective viewers can now catch their first official glimpse of Silverstone in the new Paramount Network comedy, American Woman. The series follows Silverstone’s Bonnie Nolan as she navigates single motherhood in the 1970s alongside her two best friends. Having faced the betrayal of her philandering husband, Bonnie sets out to raise their two daughters as she joins the workforce and explores her newfound independence. Watch the trailer for yourself below:
As you can tell from the trailer, American Woman is a comedy that deals with dramatic situations, all of which will be underscored with the proper comic elements. Co-starring alongside Alicia Silverstone are Mena Suvari and Jennifer Bartels, who star as Bonnie’s best friends, Kathleen and Diana, respectively. Based on the trailer, Bonnie’s fresh foray into the dating scene and work life will be nothing shy of complicated and entertaining.
American Woman is loosely based on the early life of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards. Richards’ mom is the basis for Alicia Silverstone’s fiery protagonist. In Season 7, Real Housewives steadily documented Richards’ work as she prepped American Woman. Unlike many “based on a true story” adaptations, American Woman has not named its characters after their real-life counterparts, which means the series’ utilization of dramatic license will be far less problematic for those seeking the truth in “true story.”
The debut season of American Woman will comprise 12 episodes with each installment totaling a half-hour in length. As you can tell from the trailer, the series will be a single-camera sitcom like ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat and The Goldbergs, so do not expect any laugh tracks. Think The Wonder Years meets Sex and the City, which is not a combination that many viewers probably ever expected to see on the small screen!
American Woman marks Alicia Silverstone’s first starring role on a television series since the short-lived 2003 series, Miss Match, which was an hour-long dramedy. The actress seems to be channeling a bit of Cher Horowitz in the trailer for American Woman, although Cher’s Valley Girl accent is completely absent. Silverstone is one of the rare actresses who can equally excel in comedic and dramatic storylines, and American Woman seems primed to leverage that gift.
Before American Woman premieres, Variety reports the show will be among those screened at the ATX Television Festival. Kyle Richards will join Alicia Silverstone and other cast members for the Q&A session that will accompany the screening.