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The Girls on the Bus, Starring Melissa Benoist, Gets Max Release Date — See First Photos

The Girls on the Bus finally have a departure time.

The long-gestating series will premiere Thursday, March 14, on Max with its first two episodes, followed by one new installment weekly through May 9.

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The comedic drama is inspired by a chapter in Amy Chozick’s 2018 novel Chasing Hillary, which was based on the author’s time covering Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign as a political reporter.

In The Girls on the Bus, Supergirl vet Benoist plays Sadie McCarthy, “a journalist who romanticizes the original ‘Boys on the Bus’ and who scrapped her whole life for her own shot at covering a presidential campaign for the paper of record. Sadie hits the trail and eventually bonds with three female competitors,” per the official logline. “Despite their differences, these women become a found family with a front-row seat to the greatest soap opera in town: the battle for the White House.”

Joining Benoist on the Max series are Carla Gugino (The Fall of the House of Usher), Natasha Behnam (Mayans M.C.) and Christina Elmore (Insecure). The series-regular cast also includes Brandon Scott (13 Reasons Why, Dead to Me).

Additionally, Scott Foley (Scandal), Tala Ashe (Legends of Tomorrow) and Griffin Dunne (This Is Us) will all recur. Foley plays a little-known mayor from Kansas who has joined the presidential race, while Ashe portrays an offbeat-yet-accessible progressive who is one of the reporters’ clear favorites on the campaign trail.

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The series was developed by Chozick and Julie Plec, both of whom will executive-produce alongside showrunner Rina Mimoun, as well as Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter for Berlanti Productions.

The Girls on the Bus has taken a rather meandering route to the screen: It was first ordered by Netflix in 2019, before being picked up by The CW after it failed to move forward at the streamer. The show then landed at another streamer when Max (then known as HBO Max) handed it a straight-to-series order in February 2022, five months after the project moved from Netflix to The CW.

Are you excited to finally have an estimated time of departure for The Girls on the Bus? Check out the first-look photos below, then hit the comments!

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