"Footballers' Wives" Coming To ABC
Lovers of over-the-top prime-time suds beware: ABC's adaptation of British mega-hit "Footballers' Wives" is coming to ABC. "Superman Returns" director Bryan Singer is loosely attached to the project.
"Footballers' Wives" is described by Variety as a campy mix of "Desperate Housewives" and "Dallas".
The series which ran on British network ITV for four seasons and also spawned a spin-off series revolved around three ordinary women whose lives are transformed by celebrity and fortune when their husbands the soccer players become sports superstars.
"Dynasty" veteran Joan Collins also appeared on the series.
ABC first ordered the script for the project on August 30.
The drama would be produced by Touchstone Television, a studio that already produces "Desperate Housewives" and "Grey's Anatomy" for the network and has experience in production of weekly prime-time soap-opera.
The American version of the format will be set in the world of pro football rather than soccer, but will retain much of the over-the-top spirit of the original series.
The original series airs in the US on the BBC America cable network.