Alicia Silverstone and Mark Feuerstein Join the Cast of The Baby-Sitters Club
The Baby-Sitters Club is back. Netflix ordered a ten-part miniseries based on the best-selling books about friendship, growing up, and female entrepreneurship by Ann M. Martin. Here's what we know so far:
ALICIA SILVERSTONE AND MARK FEUERSTEIN HAVE BEEN CAST AS KRISTY'S MOTHER AND HER LOVE INTEREST, WATSON BREWER.
Other casting details have yet to be shared publicly.
That said, Deadline's post regarding the announcement offered an interesting bit of information: the live-action series will follow the "adventures of five best friends in Stoneybrook, Connecticut."
Anyone who's a fan of the book series knows that are two types of members of the Baby-Sitters Club: original members and everyone else. This description of the plot seems to suggest the show will focus on Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, Stacey, and Dawn. But it's unclear if Mallory, Jesse, Logan, Abby, or Shannon will appear in the series.
EPISODES WILL REPORTEDLY COVER TOPICS FROM THE BOOKS INCLUDING RACISM AND DIVORCE.
But, per Deadline, the plot will also "explore relevant issues facing modern day teens." That's probably a good thing considering the fact that Claudia had her own phone line played a pivotal role in the original book series.
ORIGINAL WRITER ANN M. MARTIN IS ON BOARD.
Thank goodness, because I don't think I could watch if she didn't approve.
Martin will produce alongside Walden Media's Naia Cucukov. Rachel Shukert (Glow) will serve as showrunner, and Lucia Aniello (Broad City) will direct and executive produce.
"I’m amazed that there are so many passionate fans of The Baby-Sitters Club after all these years, and I’m honored to continue to hear from readers–now grown, who have become writers, editors, teachers, librarians, filmmakers–who say that they see a reflection of themselves in the characters of Kristy and her friends," Martin said of the project upon its announcement.
"So I’m very excited about the forthcoming series on Netflix, which I hope will inspire a new generation of readers and leaders everywhere."
THIS IS HARDLY THE FIRST TIME THE BELOVED CHAPTER BOOK SERIES HAS BEEN ADAPTED FOR THE SCREEN.
In 1990, the series' first TV adaptation aired on HBO and Nickelodeon. And who could forget the 1995 film, which starred Rachel Leigh Cook, Larisa Oleynik, and Sissy Spacek's daughter Schuyler Fisk? Watch that trailer here:
WANT TO CATCH UP ON THE SERIES?
Start right here with Kristy's Great Idea:
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