If you’ve never wanted to be in a pop band with your friends, skip to the next. The rest of you know what I’m talking about. This is part of the reason why, in particular, for girls in the 90s, the Spice Girls were the sh-t. We loved them, obviously, but we were also projecting onto them. And imagining what it would be like. That doesn’t go away either. Your fantasy changes but the seed of that desire is still there, even when you’re 20 years past it.
Tina Fey understands this and that’s why she’s producing a new show for Peacock (NBC’s streaming service) called Girls5Eva, about a one-hit wonder girl band from the 90s getting back together in now-times to try again, after a young musician (I’m guessing a TikTokker?) samples their original one-hit wonder. The series stars Hamilton’s Renee Elise Goldsberry, Sara Bareilles, Paula Pell, and Busy Philipps as members of the group who are coming back to their dreams after marriage and motherhood and, well, just life. Here they are shooting in New York this week. I’m already into these characters and these costumes.
There will be a lot more to cover on Girls5Eva (this title, I mean it’s hilarious, but it’s also hard to say – try it, does it get caught in your mouth?) so right now, I just want to focus on Busy because of the Show Your Work that’s happening here. You’ll recall, back in 2017, she was devastated when The Sackett Sisters was not picked up, sharing on Instagram that for most actors, the reality is constant disappointment. People ending up Venmo-ing her money because she was talking about how she made more money on Instagram than she did on acting. Instagram, of course, and her Stories in particular, is how she pivoted though, which resulted in her talk show. That too ended up cancelled but now, three years later, she’s back on another Tina Fey production. (The Sackett Sisters was also a Tina Fey project.) Work, then, is rarely a straight line. But maybe the takeaway here can be that if you keep doing the right things, the right people will keep you in mind.