Certain periods in history are so ripe for dramatization, it’s hard to believe they haven’t gotten the treatment sooner.
Shortly after surviving a bout with the flu during the 1918 pandemic, negotiating the Treaty of Versailles, and cutting short a train tour to promote the formation of the peacekeeping League of Nations due to health issues, President Woodrow Wilson suffered a serious stroke. Protective of her husband and his power, First Lady Edith Wilson shielded him from intruders and helped him run the country from his bedside while he recovered.
Historians have long debated the extent of Edith’s involvement in governing. Some have even referred to her as the nation’s first woman president. Edith herself denied making any important decisions in her autobiography. But no one knows for sure.
Enter the satirical historical fiction podcast Edith!, premiering June 21st from Qcode and Crooked Media. Rosamund Pike stars in the narrative series as a no-nonsense, F-bomb–dropping Edith Wilson who’s here to set the historical record straight.
Pike is flanked by Clark Gregg, Esther Povitsky, D’Arcy Carden, Stephen Root, Diedrich Bader, Tom Amandes, Brandon Scott Jones, Adam Conover, and Alyssa Limperis. Directed by Maureen Bharoocha with a witty, irreverent script by TV writers Gonzalo Cordova and Travis Helwig, the eight-part series follows Edith’s story during the aftermath of Wilson’s stroke. Antics and carryings-on ensue. “Spending time in Edith Wilson’s world was an emotional rollercoaster, one which was made out of wood and built before safety inspectors existed,” Cordova said in a statement.
The series is the first fiction offering from Crooked Media, better known for politics podcasts like Pod Save America. “Travis and Gonzalo blackmailed me into making this show,” said Crooked co-founder Jon Lovett. “Now that I’ve heard it, I’m thrilled they did.”