Terry McMillan Wants Original “Waiting To Exhale” Cast to Return for TV Adaptation

Waiting to Exhale

Writer Terry McMillan hopes to reintroduce her beloved Waiting to Exhale characters to a new generation of viewers.

The bestselling author recently appeared on the Tamron Hall Show, revealing her plans to revive the popular story in a new TV series. The television show Waiting to Exhale was lit green by ABC and is produced by Lee Daniels (Empire). McMillan shared her ambitions to include some of the original cast from the 1995 film adaptation.

“I think and hope that some of the other cast members who are still with us will make cameos,” McMillan told Hall. “They are trying to restore the essence of the story, not necessarily a re-enactment of the story.”

The popular 1995 film is based on McMillan’s 1992 novel of the same name. The story is about four black women with very different lifestyles, but who all have problems in their romantic lives. The film starred the late Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Lela Rochon and Loretta Divine. The love interests played the late Gregory Hines, Leon, Dennis Haysbert, Michael Beach and Mykelti Williamson.


McMillan is the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of Waiting to Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, a Day Late and a Dollar Under, the Interruption of Everything I Almost Forgot, and the Editor of Breaking Ice: An Anthology of Contemporary African American Fiction.

McMillan’s transition to screenplay television comes after her box office hit in the 1990s under the titles “Waiting for Exhale” and “How Stella Got Her Groove Back”. Waiting to Exhale, released in late December 1995, opened number one at the box office and was among the top 30 films released that year, The Hollywood Reporter noted. Three years later, How Stella and Bassett and Taye Diggs grossed $ 37.7 million at the box office with a $ 20 million production budget.