NBC Orders New Crime Drama Titled “Good Girls”

NBC has ordered a new crime drama show titled “Good Girls”, from The Family creator Jenna Bans. According to a statement by the network, the role of one of the lead characters “Beth” which was played by Kathleen Rose Perkins in the pilot will be recast for the series.

Described by E! News as a mix of Thelma and Louise with a bit of Breaking Bad, Good Girls follows the story of what happens when three suburban moms get tired of trying to make ends meet and decide it’s time to stick up for themselves by robbing the local supermarket at (toy) gunpoint.

But when the manager catches a glimpse of one of them and the loot is far more than they expected, it doesn’t take long for the three best friends to realize the perfect getaway will be harder than they think. Reno Wilson, Manny Montana, Lidya Jewett, Izzy Stannard and Matthew Lillard are among the names mentioned as part of the series cast.

Along with the robbery story-line, each of the key female characters have a backstory of their own: The ringleader of the group is Beth, a frazzled mom who is beginning to realize she got the short end of the stick when her husband Dean (Matthew Lillard) has an affair.

The other female leads are Beth’s best friend Ruby and her younger sister Annie (Mae Whitman), a single mom who, terrified of losing her son in a custody battle, agrees to the robbery in the hope that she might come away with enough money for a good attorney.

Jenna Bans, the name behind the series, was originally hired as a staff writer for Jerry Bruckheimer’s cancelled action series Fearless, Bans became a part of the crew of Desperate Housewives in 2004. In 2006 she was nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for the screenplay to the Desperate Housewives episode “Next” and in 2007 she received another nomination for the episode “It Takes Two”.

Bans co-wrote both episodes together with Kevin Murphy. Bans is a producer and writer on Grey’s Anatomy, and is the creator and the co-producer (along with Shonda Rhimes) of Off the Map, a series which premiered on ABC in January 2011, and was cancelled on May 13, 2011.

From 2012 to 2014, she was the regular writer and co-executive producer on another Shonda Rhimes created drama, Scandal, on ABC. In 2014, Bans created pilot Sea of Fire for ABC. In 2015, she created The Family, also for ABC.

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