‘The Girls on the Bus’ Trailer: Melissa Benoist and Carla Gugino Cover the Campaign Trail in Ensemble Comedy

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‘The Girls on the Bus’ Trailer: Melissa Benoist and Carla Gugino Cover the Campaign Trail in Ensemble Comedy
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There’s no fear and loathing on the campaign trail here for Max’s female journalist-led comedy “The Girls on the Bus.” The series, which is executive produced by the team behind “The Flight Attendant,” follows four political reporters along the (fictional) campaign trail as friendship, love, and yes, even a government conspiracy, complicate their lives.

The official synopsis reads: “‘The Girls on the Bus’ invites viewers to hit the campaign trail alongside four female journalists, each of them different in their reporting styles and personalities. The story centers on Sadie McCarthy (Melissa Benoist), a journalist who romanticizes a bygone era of campaign reporting and scraps her whole life for a shot at covering a presidential candidate for a paper of record. Sadie joins the bus and eventually bonds with three female competitors, Grace (Carla Gugino), Lola (Natasha Behnam), and Kimberlyn (Christina Elmore). Despite their differences, the women become a found family with a front-row seat to the greatest soap opera in town: the battle for the White House.”

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Scott Foley, Brandon Scott, Griffin Dunne, and Mark Consuelos co-star.

“Insecure” alum Elmore returns to the HBO family, with Gugino expanding on her comedy chops most recently seen in Diablo Cody’s “Lisa Frankenstein.”

And yes, there even is a Hunter S. Thompson character, played by PJ Sosko.

The series is inspired by creator Amy Chozick’s experiences as a political reporter on the campaign bus with multiple presidential candidates. Chozick released her memoir “Chasing Hillary” in 2018. Julie Plec serves as co-creator, with both Plec and Chozick executive producing. Rina Mimoun is the showrunner and executive producer. “The Girls on the Bus” is additionally executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Leigh London Redman, and Marcos Siega.

Jesse Peretz directed the pilot and executive produces. Actress Benoist produces. The series hails from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

The series was first set up at Netflix, with development beginning in 2019. The streaming platform parted ways with the project in September 2021, landing at The CW before switching to Max in February 2022.

“The Girls on the Bus” premieres March 14 on Max with the first two episodes, followed by weekly episode drops through May 9. Check out the trailer below.

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