Lifetime has given a straight-to-series order to the original series, American Princess. The network’s given the go-ahead to a 10 episode first season of the series created by writer/executive producer Jamie Denbo (Ronna & Beverly). Jenji Kohan (Orange is the New Black, Weeds, GLOW) and Tara Herrmann are also involved as executive producers.
The one-hour series is an A+E Studios and IM Global Television production.
“Jenji has always taken interesting and unconventional worlds and given them heart and humor,” said Liz Gateley, EVP and Head of Programming for Lifetime. “From the get-go, American Princess was a concept we loved as it’s incredibly relatable to want to parachute from one’s life in difficult times. In Jenji, Jamie and Tara’s hands, we know this will be hilarious and special.”
“In the current landscape of scripted television programs, American Princess is a true standout,” added Paul Buccieri, President A+E Studios and A+E Networks Portfolio Group. “This series continues building on the premium storytelling that is a foundation of A+E Studios, and we are thrilled to partner with IM Global.”
IM Global Television’s Mark Stern said, “American Princess is exactly the kind of smart, high-quality series that IM Global Television aspires to. We’re excited to be in partnership with A+E Studios.”
The Plot: American Princess centers on Amanda, an Upper East Side socialite whose storybook wedding plans are dramatically derailed when she discovers her fiancé is cheating on her, just hours before they are to be wed. Outraged, Amanda reacts violently to the indiscretions and runs away from her own dream wedding in the countryside, only to find herself stranded in the middle of a Renaissance Faire with no phone and no way home. She soon discovers her outburst has made tabloid headlines and experiences a nervous breakdown, leading her to reevaluate her life. The unexpected awakening leads Amanda to leave everything she thought she cared about behind, to become the Faire’s newest wench-in-waiting.