Award-winning actress Jane Seymour is the first cast member announced to join a new CMT pilot titled His Wives & Daughters.
The show is a soapy, comedic series that follows the eclectic and cunning wives and daughters of the country legend and infamous womanizer Eddie Ray Banks. After Eddie’s estranged family is brought together unexpectedly, tempers flare and old rivalries resurface setting the stage for startling secrets to emerge as an unforgettable mystery begins to unfold.
Seymour will play Lorna Larson Banks, Eddie’s beautiful and tough-as-nails first wife who parlayed her early success as a duo with Eddie into a huge solo career that eventually eclipsed her former husband’s.
Now one of the most famous women in country music, Lorna runs her own theater in Branson, Missouri, and is slightly out of touch with reality as a result of being in the public eye for so long. She and Eddie have one daughter together, April, but Lorna hasn’t spoken to her since April published a salacious tell-all memoir.
Additional casting for His Wives & Daughters will be announced at a later date and production is slated to begin this January.
His Wives & Daughters joins CMT’s growing roster of scripted programming including the highly-anticipated new season of Nashville on Thursday, January 5; the March premiere of the limited-run series Million Dollar Quartet (working title), which chronicles the rise of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and more; and the second season premiere of Still the King starring Billy Ray Cyrus coming next spring. Additional scripted projects in development include a script order for a television adaptation of the 1999 film Varsity Blues.
Seymour is an acting legend on the Broadway stage, silver screen and television. Seymour’s past films include the James Bond movie Live and Let Die, the cult classic Somewhere in Time, and the comedy smash Wedding Crashers. She won Golden Globes for her roles in the miniseries East of Eden and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, the latter of which ran for six seasons.
In 2000, Queen Elizabeth II presented her with the Officer of the British Empire (OBE) at Buckingham Palace for her contributions to the arts and public service.