‘Girls5eva’ creator Meredith Scardino on Peacock’s new musical comedy series

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In the new Peacock series “Girls5eva,” a late 1990s girl group attempts to reunite. Pictured: Sara Bareilles as Dawn, Busy Philipps as Summer, Ashley Park as Ashley, Erika Henningsen as Young Gloria, Renée Elise Goldsberry as Wickie. Photo by Heidi Gutman/Peacock

When Meredith Scardino pitched her musical comedy series “Girls5eva,” about a  forgotten late 1990s girls’ group that reunites in their forties, she made a fake CD case, complete with track listing, cellophane wrapper and discount stickers. 

That fake album generated real interest, and now “Girls5eva” is a buzzy new show for Peacock.

Scardino tells us about working in late night with Stephen Colbert, where she was often the only woman in the room, to running her own show.  And while production on “Girls5eva” didn’t go as planned due to the pandemic, Scardino tells us how she adapted the script, including setting a performance in an abandoned mannequin warehouse. Hey, she needed the bodies. 



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