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March 1, 2016

Satan’s Sisters: VH1 Picks Up Star Jones’ Drama, Vanessa L. Williams To Star

Star Jones & Vanessa Williams

VH1 has signed on for “Satan’s Sisters,” a TV drama adapted from the 2011 book of the same name by TV personality and lawyer, Star Jones.

The novel takes a look behind the scenes of a popular daytime show for women called “The Lunch Hour.”

The fictional talk show will feature some real-life elements of things that transpired during Jones’ tenure at “The View,” though the legal eagle has never revealed which aspects of the book are true.  Jones is one of the original co-hosts of “The View.”

“I would be lying if I said that ‘Satan’s Sisters’ wasn’t influenced by the soap opera life of daytime TV, but it is a work of fiction,” said Jones in a statement. “All the characters are inspired, in parts, by someone I’ve worked with, worked for, interviewed, was interviewed by and/or even prosecuted.”

Satan's SistersThe 53-year-old, Badin, North Carolina-native had a very controversial departure from “The View” in 2006. Amid reports that ABC decided not to renew her contract after her nine seasons, Jones went on live television on June 27, 2006 and revealed she was leaving the show.

The show’s creator Barbara Walters disclosed the following day that she and ABC were “blindsided” by Jones announcement and that she would no longer be seen on the show.

Vanessa L. Williams has signed on to star in “Satan’s Sisters.” Williams will play Maxine Robinson, the first African-American to become a network news anchor. Robinson maintains a hidden safe of diaries chronicling others’ indiscretions for posterity—and leverage as needed.

Vh1Robinson and her co-hosts, five women with very different points of view, present great television while behind the scenes, “alliances are forged, careers are made, and bridges are burned.”

For Williams—who received three Emmy nominations for her role as Wilhelmina Slater on ABC’s “Ugly Betty” before joining the cast of “Desperate Housewives” for its final season—this is her first time starring a cable series. The 52-year-old actress has also been nominated for a Tony Award for her lead role in the musical “Into the Woods.”

“Satan’s Sisters” will be produced by Jones, legendary producer Suzanne de Passe, Sony Pictures Television and a list of other producers. The series will premiere on VH1 in 2017.

Star Jones & Vanessa Williams

Star Jones & Vanessa Williams

 






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