Before there was PLL, there was Now and Then. Remember that 1995 classic? Well, the good news is it might be coming to a small screen near you… a television screen that is.
You heard right. Before she brought you your Tuesday night guilty pleasure, Marlene King was the screen writer of the original movie about four girls who spent the summer, the memorable 70’s, learning about love, loss, friendship and most importantly themselves.
King revealed the news during a Reddit AMA July 11.
“We’re talking about it. We’re talking about Now & Then the TV series,” she wrote. “ABC family has shown a little bit of interest in that, so we’re still talking about that.”
This news sent fans into a frenzy as they were eager and excited to catch up with Roberta, Terry, Samantha, and Chrissy. The movie took place in the 70’s and 90’s and focused on the four friends, switching between when they were 12 to when they reunited in the present day as adults.
Considering how long ago the movie was released, it’s surprising that most of the cast is still on the Hollywood scene today! Christina Ricci starred as young Robert, while Rosie O’Donell portrayed Roberta. Thora Birch was young Teeny, while Melanie Griffith older Teeny. Gabby Hoffamn young Samantha, Demi Moore Samantha. Ashleigh Aston Moore was young Chrissy, with Rita Wilson as Chrissy!
As for King’s vision for the revival, she told MTV, “It’s definitely the same characters, but it won’t be the same time period,” she explained. “It will be like if the adults were 40 now and the girls were teenagers. We’ll probably pick it up when the girls are 16, but it will be in the 1980s as opposed to the ’70s because that’s sort of the ‘then’ of our current ‘now.'”
Makes sense. It would be like watching our PLL looking back on their past right? Honestly, this concept is so interesting. King is creative and she can do a lot with these character stories, while still sticking to the original premise. It will especially appeal to groups of young women in their late 20’s- 30’s going through the struggles of getting older and reminiscing on their youthful days. A modern day Now and Then to me feels like a mixture of ‘How I Met Your Mother’ blended with ‘Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’, topped off with some PLL (of course).
What do you think? Are you loving this idea or do you think this show should stay in the past? I mean, after all, anything Marlene King touches turns to gold right? Check out the original 1995 movie trailer and share your thoughts!
Photo Credit: Now & Then/ New Line Cinema
Is ‘Alaska Daily’ Renewed for a Second Season?
Alaska Daily is one of the best and most refreshing shows coming out of this fall/winter TV cycle, with Hilary Swank as Eileen Fitzgerald, a disgraced journalist who finds a new home in Alaska, bringing coverage to the often overlooked (purposefully ignored) stories of murderer indigenous women alongside her partner-in-crime, Roz Friendly played by Grace Dove.
With the season finale scheduled to air on ABC on Thursday, March 30, marking the season’s 11th episode, many fans are wondering if the network will renew the series for Season 2 and allow audiences to follow Eileen’s adventures of pursuing truth and justice on a local scale.
So far, there’s no word from ABC on whether or not a renewal is on the books, though a verdict is expected to come sometime after the Alaska Daily Season 1 finale airs.
But while the series has amassed a loyal and dedicated following—with many of you reaching out to me and noting that you wish the show received more publicity and promotion from the network itself—there might not be enough love for ABC to justify a renewal.
The series hasn’t been able to build up the audience or gain the momentum it needs in its short primetime run, which honestly, is a shame because of the important storytelling and refreshing and diverse cast propelling meaningful conversations and calling for change and action.
As Deadline reports, the series has “sizable internal support but has not been able to break through in a meaningful way, making a Season 2 renewal unlikely.”
Still, I remain hopeful that ABC will consider a renewal as ratings, though down a bit from the series premiere, bring in about 2.7 million viewers weekly, according to TVSeriesFinale.
When a decision about the fate of the series does eventually come down, we’ll update this article accordingly!
When Is Season 3 of ‘Ginny and Georgia’ Coming Out?
Ginny and Georgia centers on the heartwarming yet extremely complicated bond between a mother and her daughter after they put down roots in a New England town.
With so many compelling storylines and incredible characters of all ages, it’s no wonder that the coming-of-age drama has become a fan favorite among Netflix audiences.
The second season of Ginny and Georgia premiered on Jan. 5, 2023, which means that a third season is likely far off, especially considering Brianne Howey, who plays Georgia, just announced her first pregnancy, which will possibly delay filming.
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Of course, Netflix has to renew the series for a third season. As of March 28, 2023, it has not given the show a green light for additional episodes.
Fans shouldn’t be too worried, however, as a renewal is very likely considering the show’s performance, the rabid fan base, and the fact that season 3 ended on such a cliffhanger—Netflix knows that fans will be clamoring for another season to see how the situation resolves itself.
As for a premiere date, well, there isn’t one just yet. Until the series is renewed and production begins, it’s a bit too difficult to come up with a date for new episodes. The season could likely arrive in February 2024 if we’re looking at the previous premieres for both seasons 1 and 2, which both debuted at the start of 2021 and 2023, respectively.
But with Howey’s pregnancy thrown into the mix, that could delay things a bit, and it wouldn’t be the worst thing if the series returned during the summer when there’s a lull in content and fans are seeking out something to binge-watch and get invested in.
Either way, when Netflix makes an official decision, you’ll be the first to know as we’ll update this article accordingly!
Until then, you can gear up for the final season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Riverdale, and Firefly Lane!
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ABC Summer 2023 Lineup: ‘The Bachelorette,’ ‘Celebrity Family Feud,’ and More Return
It’s going to be a hot summer at ABC!
While many of your favorite shows are winding down for the summer, don’t worry, there’s no shortage of entertainment to keep you locked in.
The network unveiled its 2023 summer lineup, complete with refreshing takes on all of your favorite family-friendly gameshows, including Celebrity Family Feud.
Jeopardy Masters with Ken Jennings will take a bow in early May, running through May 24, which will be followed by The Prank Panel with Johnny Knoxville, Eric Andre, and Gabourey Sidibe.
Judge Steve Harvey, Generation Gap, Press Your Luck, and The Chase will all return for a second season.
Kevin and Franklin Jonas will also be back with Claim to Fame.
And no summer is complete without a Bachelor franchise addition, with The Bachelorette featuring Charity Lawson arriving in June and bringing plenty of drama.
Check out the full ABC summer 2023 lineup below:
Monday, May 8
8:00-9:00 p.m.: Jeopardy! Masters
Tuesday, May 9
9:00-10:00 p.m: Judge Steve Harvey
Wednesday, May 24
8:00-9:00 p.m.: Jeopardy! Masters (season finale)
9:00-10:00 p.m.: The Prank Panel (special preview)
Wednesday, June 14
8:00-9:00 p.m.: Judge Steve Harvey (new night/time)
9:00-10:00 p.m.: The Wonder Years (season premiere)
Monday, June 26
8:00-9:00 p.m.: Claim to Fame (season premiere)
9:00-11:00 p.m.: The Bachelorette (season premiere)
Thursday, June 29
8:00-9:00 p.m.: Press Your Luck (season premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m.: Generation Gap (season premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m.: The Chase
Sunday, July 9
8:00-9:00 p.m.: The Prank Panel (regular time-slot debut)
9:00-10:00 p.m.: Celebrity Family Feud (season premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m.: The $100,000 Pyramid
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