Beverly Hills has fancy cars and botox; New York has society parties and the Hamptons; Atlanta, lavish homes and expensive weaves.But there’s a new, untapped hotbed of luxury and haute couture in a city often overlooked: Orlando, Florida. At least, that’s what the creators of Hulu’s newest Original, The Hotwives of Orlando, want you to believe in the new parody show officially debuting today.
Created by Danielle Schneider and Dannah Feinglass Phirman, the The Hotwives of Orlando features a strong cast of female comedy vets including Casey Wilson, Kristen Schaal, Angela Kinsey, Andrea Savage and Tymberlee Hill jumping into the high-heeled shoes of the outrageous society women we’ve all come to appreciate in our own special way. And whether it’s a Roaring ‘20s Intervention party or a ghost-shouting séance, these ladies know how to bring the drama—in the most hilarious way possible. We politely asked the cast and creators to calm down for a minute and to tell us about how the show came together.
Tell us how the concept of the show came about:
Danielle Schneider: It comes from a place of love. We think of it as an homage to the Housewives. I’ve been watching them since way before it was cool, from the very beginning, so this is definitely a tribute to them.
Dannah Feinglass Phirman: I came a little bit later to the Housewives but fell in love and become addicted.
Danielle: So Paul Scheer, our producer, came to us with this idea that might be kind of fun to do, and we were like ‘Yes! This is our dream job! How do we do it immediately?’ So we applied our love and our skills and wrote a script and then went out to all the funniest ladies we knew…
Andrea Savage: and when they all said no, they came to us!
Did you have a certain female comedian in mind for each character?
Danielle: I think the only person for sure was Casey Wilson, who is a good friend of ours and also a huge fan of the Housewives. I think she was someone who was on board from the day we said go, and then as we wrote and continued to get the women that we have, they all sort of made the roles their own just by doing them.
How true did you stay to the script and how much was improv?
Tymberlee Hill: I think that was an individual thing, because I know I don’t have an improv background, so I wasn’t just going to go with whatever came through [my head]. But I didn’t have to because the writing was so good. Also [Danielle and Dannah] were sitting right next to us when shooting, so if something funny came up, they were usually like, ‘let’s give it a go!’
Dannah: Also the way that these ladies worked made it feel very improvised. A lot of times I couldn’t tell they weren’t improvising, but reading what I wrote!
Andrea: But a lot of it was there on the page. Danielle and Dannah really did come up with a great script.
Kristen Schaal: These two are the next Aaron Sorkins, for sure.
Was the original intent to take it to Hulu?
Danielle: When we first wrote it we didn’t know what it was going to be, we were just hoping to do something fun with it. And then when Hulu came aboard it become something bigger than we ever imagined and we’re super excited about it.
Are there ideas floating around for a Season 2?
Danielle: We’re definitely thinking about it, but right now it’s wide open. So fingers crossed!
Did you get to keep anything from the set?
Tymberlee: I got to keep a couple of the dresses!
Danielle: I’m not sure where that tight little pursy is—it’s funny to see something that you write on the page and think ‘oh that sounds kind of funny,’ to actually seeing it made and realize ‘We birthed that into existence.’
Kristen: That’s something to be proud of.
Be sure to check out all episodes of The Hotwives of Orlando now streaming on Hulu!