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Salli Richardson Is 'Sultry' Radio Show Host in Lifetime Pilot 'The Secret Lives of Wives'

by Vanessa Martinez
August 24, 2012 9:42 PM
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Salli Richardson is the first star to be cast in Lifetime's one-hour pilot The Secret Lives of Wives. The project, written by Jill Gordon and executive produced by Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz, centers on the lives of four marriages and the real truth behind them.

According to Deadline, Wives provides an "honest portrayal of the ultimate challenge every relationship faces – emotional and sexual longevity."

Richardson is slated to play Reed, one of the wives, who is professionally known as "The Siren." Reed is described as a "sultry host of a call-in radio show that caters to women’s fantasies." But Reed's radio show personality proves problematic to her already troubled 17-year long marriage.

Supposedly, Richardson chose this Lin Pictures and Warner Horizon project over a similarly titled NBC off-cycle pilot The Secret Lives Of Husbands And Wives, due to her longtime relationship with Nina Lederman, Lifetime's series development head, and after meeting with the network's producers.

As announced on November of last year, Richardson, along with Rockmond Dunbar, James Hayman and Craig Dorfman, is currently working on the TV adaptation of Pastor Brown, a feature directed by Dunbar and written by Rhonda Baraka (Trinity Goodheart).

In Pastor Brown, to be distributed by Arc Entertainment sometime this year, Richardson will play Jessica "Jesse" Brown, an exotic dancer returning home after more than a decade when her father becomes ill.  She is also in the process of developing a Lena Horne stage show.

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  • klharris39 | October 27, 2012 11:29 AMReply

    I loved her even in Eureka. And the husband in this troubled marriage appears to be Joe Flanigan, from Tweets seen earlier today. This makes me doubly happy :) I'm looking forward to seeing both of them on screen again.

  • demetrius | August 26, 2012 5:54 PMReply

    This pilot sounds like a updated version of "Knots Landing".

  • ALM | August 25, 2012 12:21 PMReply

    Congrats to her. I loved her in "I Will Follow". It was great to see her show her range by doing a different type of role. The Lena Horne production will probably be amazing. Also, as a side comment, she is so pretty. As for "Pastor Brown", hasn't the exotic dancer theme been done to death?

  • D.C. Kirkwood | August 25, 2012 7:25 PM

    Amen, you took the words right out of my mouth. The exotic dancer thing seems like it's being glorified and overdone too much. Especially in these so called church based films. Why she can't she be a nurse or a teacher who fell on hard times due to the economy and had to return home for financial reason? Let's get a little more creative please. But yes Sally is a very talented underrated actress.

  • Priss | August 25, 2012 12:15 PMReply

    I've been a fan since I Will Follow. I'd dare say, she could have had Halle's career. Similar looks with good acting ability. Maybe she would have done more with Halle's fame?

  • Akimbo | August 27, 2012 10:03 PM

    Salli's been around long before I will follow and actually WAS the poor man's Halle back in the day. See Posse & Low Down Dirty Shame for reference. Glad she's still kicking around. Considering the tragedy that is NBC prime time, Lifetime was probably the safer choice.

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