“The Client List” is coming to Lifetime Sunday, April 8, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt as Riley Parks, a single mom in Texas who finds herself working as a massage therapist at a business where not every client is there just to receive a massage.
She tells the press that the idea for the show started out as a joke while they were filming the made-for-TV movie of the same name.
“We had sort of joked around when we were doing the movie about how fun it would be to sort of turn this into a series and really get in deeper with the lives of the women in the spa and everything,” says Hewitt. “So when the movie did really well, I talked it over with everybody and said let’s pitch it and see what they think and here we are.”
A big aspect of the show is obviously the prostitution side of things and one wonders if the show would be more successful on a premium channel where the creators could be more graphic. But Hewitt says that was not ever part of the idea.
“I wouldn’t have done nudity,” says Hewitt. “That’s not something that I feel particularly comfortable with. I also think that it’s sexier not to show everything. I feel that people’s imaginations can do way more.”
Hewitt also didn’t really research the massage parlor aspect of the show, because as an actress, Riley wouldn’t be familiar with them. What Hewitt did want to research was the life of a financially-struggling single mom.
“For me, the part that I did more research on was being a single mom–playing a Texas woman in economic struggles, somebody who emotionally has to carry all of these secrets and all of this loneliness, and all of the stuff that she struggles with emotionally in the series,” says Hewitt.
“I’m from Texas. All the woman in my family are from Texas, so I did more research in spending time with them and the women that I know and being single moms, and how they hold it all together with a full time job than I did the happy ending part of it, because for me that’s not who Riley is,” Hewitt continues. “That’s where Riley finds herself, but that is not who she is, so I chose not to do research on that aspect of things, because it wasn’t something that I needed to know how to play the part.”
And finally, fans of “Ghost Whisperer” know that Hewitt directed several episodes of that show, which is something viewers of “The Client List” can also look forward to.
“I am directing the season finale, which I’m super excited about,” says Hewitt.
“The Client List” premieres Sunday, April 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime.