‘Girls5eva’ Adds Vanessa Williams To Peacock Series As Music Manager (Exclusive)

Prior to Girls5evaIn her debut on Peacock in May, ET may exclusively reveal that Vanessa Williams is joining the series created by Meredith Scardino and executive produced by Tina Fey.

Starring Sara Bareilles, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Paula Pell and Busy Philipps, the series follows the group of titular ’90s girls who come together to give their dreams of stardom one more chance after their song is sampled by a young rapper. . Not as young as before, the group is now balancing spouses, children, financial debt, and body aches.

In the eight-episode first season, Williams plays Nance Trace, a leading man of the biggest acts in pop music. According to Peacock, “Nance is the opposite of former Girls5eva toxic manager Larry Plumb and the women are on a mission to surprise her at a radio conference.”

The show is about the fact that “initially it was five women who were just bonded and completely weird by this opportunistic guy from Lou Pearlman,” Scardino told reporters this spring during Peacock’s virtual press tour at CTAM, referring to Plumb. . “I was just trying to create the next Spice Girls, and it was a few years, and it was a big problem, and then it ended as fast as it started. Then they all went their separate ways. ”

And what makes their reunion and their attempt to reach stardom again special is that while “they didn’t choose each other then, when they return now, they would choose each other now,” continues Scardino. “I think it’s meaningful and cool to see them make decisions like, ‘We really want to be together and see where things are going.

Williams’ role on the series marks her return to television after making notable appearances in episodes of Wide city, Difficult people, First wives club and more recently, The twenty’s. She also appeared in Hulu’s horror satire. Bad Hair.

In addition to the first Ugly Betty star, Andrew Rannells and Emily in Paris Ashley Park also appears on the series, as Philipps’ on-screen husband and a former member of the girl group, respectively.

Meanwhile, Girls5eva is Peacock’s latest must-see original comedy, which follows Rutherford Falls Y Saved by the Bell as well as the late night talk show, The Amber Ruffin Show.

Girls5eva premieres Thursday, May 6 at Peacock.

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