The series, starring Sara Bareilles, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Busy Philipps and Paula Pell, has earned rave reviews and is already generating awards season buzz for the series and its leading ladies. The series about a 1990s girl group who gets a second shot at stardom features original music overseen by Jeff Richmond with Grammy winner Bareilles also contributing the show’s anthem, “Four Stars.”
Girls5eva is produced by Universal Television, Fey’s studio-based Little Stranger banner and 3 Arts. Fey exec produces and had a memorable cameo as Dolly Parton in the comedy after having been the lynchpin behind the show’s stellar casting.
“I have ideas generally of where it could go for the next few seasons — if we’re lucky enough to get those,” Scardino told The Hollywood Reporter podcast, TV’s Top 5, in May after the NBCUniversal-backed streamer debuted all eight episodes of the series. “I like idea of keeping them in the underdog world; I like to write scrappy people trying and failing. I feel like going into season two, they’ll retain that quality that you saw in season one.”
Season one of the series was filmed in New York during the pandemic, with Scardino noting it was impossible to do concert scenes that required extras. Her hope, she told TV’s Top 5, was to expand the scope of the show to feature fans supporting Girls5eva as the group succeeds (or fails).
Girls5eva is the latest Peacock original series to score a renewal at the recently launched streamer. It joins NBC import A.P. Bio and the Saved by the Bell update. Still awaiting word are the Punky Brewster sequel and Rutherford Falls. Peacock previously canceled USA Network transfer Brave New World after one season.
Peacock’s roster of originals includes the recently launched We Are Lady Parts and upcoming entries Bel-Air, Dr. Death, Joe Exotic, NBC transfer Langdon, the MacGruber update, a new take on Queer as Folk and a TV adaptation of Vampire Academy, among several others. The streamer is overseen by Frances Berwick and Susan Rovner, who together are responsible for all of NBCUniversal’s entertainment platforms.
This story was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.