A&E greenlights “Governor’s Wife,” “Rodeo Girls”

The two unscripted series are from Leftfield Pictures and The Weinstein Company respectively, with The Governor's Wife set to debut on February 27.
January 4, 2013

U.S. cable net A&E has picked up two unscripted series, The Governor’s Wife from Leftfield Pictures and SSS Entertainment, and Rodeo Girls from The Weinstein Company.

The Governor’s Wife, set to premiere on February 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, follows 85-year-old former Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards and his wife, 34-year-old Trina Grimes Scott, as they provide their take on the “modern family,” with Scott having stepdaughters almost twice her age as well as teenage sons of her own.

The couple first became acquainted as pen pals, while Edwards, who served four terms as¬†Louisiana’s governor,¬†was serving an eight-and-a-half year sentence for bribery and extortion, charges that stemmed from his tenure in office. Edwards and Scott married when he was released.

Executive producers for Leftfield Pictures are Brent Montgomery, David George, Dominick Pupa and Shaun Sanghani. Executive producers for A&E are David McKillop, Elaine Frontain Bryant, Drew Tappon and Devon Graham.

Also on tap for the network is Rodeo Girls (w/t). The Weinstein Company-produced series takes a look at the women operating in the pro rodeo circuit, and follows several female rodeo riders as they juggle the sport with their personal lives.

“We are thrilled to be working with The Weinstein Company on ‘Rodeo Girls,’” said McKillop, executive vice president of programming for A&E Network and BIO Channel and one of the EPs for the series. “The women of the competitive barrel racing world are formidable athletes living sensational lives and we are excited for our viewers to go along for the wild ride.”

The network has ordered eight episodes, for which pre-production has begun. The series is executive produced by Meryl Poster, Barbara Schneeweiss, Roe Baker and Darcy Lapier for The Weinstein Company and Stephen Land for Jupiter Entertainment. Executive producers for A&E are McKillop, Elaine Frontain Bryant, Lily Neumeyer and Devon Graham.

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