‘Cruel Intentions’: NBC Confirms Discussions For Possible Pickup Of Sequel
During NBC’s upfront press call today, NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt confirmed that the network is keeping its pilot Cruel Intentions alive. The project, a sequel to the cult movie which has original star Sarah Michelle Gellar reprising her role, was not picked up to series, but not passed on either.
“It goes under the heading of embarrassment of riches,” Greenblatt said. “There’s just so many shows that we have scheduled or ordered.”
Greenblatt called the soapy Cruel Intentions “a bit of an outlier for us, because there’s no other show like it in our list of genres.”
That statement was interesting as one of NBC’s goals going into the 2015-16 development season was to add a primetime soap — a genre that is not on the network right now — to its lineup. NBC ordered two such pilots, Cruel Intentions and legal soap Miranda’s Rights, which is dead.
Still, “we like it, and we’re still discussing it and trying to figure it out,” Greenblatt said of Cruel Intentions, which comes from Sony TV, the studio that produces NBC’s The Blacklist and its upcoming spinoff as well as hot new time-travel drama Timeless.
As we reported, among the possible scenarios discussed for Cruel Intentions are a summer order at a lower licensee fee or redevelopment. The latter is hard to imagine as it may be difficult to secure Gellar again, and she is a main draw to the sequel.
Kathryn Merteuil is back and badder than ever in the Cruel Intentions reboot!
Sarah Michelle Gellar opened up to ET about reprising her scheming evil stepsister character for the TV reboot of the cult classic 1999 film, which has a pilot order from NBC, at the United Way Women’s Summit in Beverly Hills, California on Monday.
“It’s 17 years later and we didn’t tell the story until we had a great story to tell,” the 39-year-old actress explained. “I think we have something really unique and really different.”
The reboot will pick up 15 years after the original Cruel Intentions plotline, and focus on Bash Casey, the son of Sebastian Valmont (Ryan Phillippe from the original film) and Annette Hargrove (Reese Witherspoon). No doubt Bash’s Aunt Kathryn will play a sinister hand in things as he unravels his father’s life and legacy from journals he left behind.
Gellar has been excitedly documenting her return to character on social media, and gushed to ET that the new series will be “better, badder… can you say bitcher?” (Yes. Yes you can.)
Apart from the exciting throwback, Gellar has also been hard at work on her Foodstirs baking brand, and says her “greatest inspiration” for the company is her children: 6-year-old Charlotte and 3-year-old Rocky.
“For them to watch us have an idea, take it from inception to creation to an actual product, to seeing it online and seeing it in stores you can’t beat that,” she gushed. “Ultimately, as a parent, you want teach your children that they can accomplish anything and to be able to show them that journey, it’s priceless.”
But, Gellar admits that it’s husband Freddie Prinze Jr. who truly runs the kitchen in their house.
“He’s really the expert,” she said. “I bring the experience and the sweet treat, but he’s the main man real deal experience in the kitchen.”
Sarah Michelle Gellar wants to help us slay in the kitchen, and connect to family while at it.
The “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” actress is one of the latest celebs to turn entrepreneur with last month’s launch of Foodstirs, a baking kit and lifestyle e-commerce startup focusing on natural ingredients.
“Between inspiration and execution — there’s a gap there,” she said.
Gellar joined BlogHer Food ‘15, the SheKnows Media food blogger conference, last week at the Hyatt Regency to talk about the venture, including the influence of Chicago’s storied Leo Burnett advertising firm in her business development.
“My last show that I was on was ‘The Crazy Ones’ that took place in Chicago. It was about advertising and our entire first episode was about the pivot,’ she told about 750 bloggers and brand executives. “It was an amazing experience. I thought that show was what I was meant to do for the next 10 years of my life.”
In the series, which aired on CBS for one season beginning in September 2013, Gellar played the daughter and partner of an ad agency head played by Robin Williams. Williams committed suicide in August 2014, three months after the show was canceled.
“My pivot is I took what I learned from advertising and marketing and content, and I now put it all into this,” she said. “That’s what brought me to this place.”
Gellar, who started the company with friends Galit Laibow, a public relations professional, and Gia Russo, a former Martha Stewart creative and product expert, shared other aspects about the entrepreneurial endeavor, including:
The concept: “Ultimately, we are a lifestyle culinary brand. We would like to bring important memories back to the kitchen through experience. We are about cleaner ingredients, sourcing higher quality, original mixes and kits. We’re about connecting.”
Getting started: “I’d noticed that the way we consume content is changing. The business I had started in as a child is a very different business now. A lot of people are realizing that you don’t just turn your television on, watch a program with commercials and advertising the way you used to; and I wanted to be part of the new content and new creators and I couldn’t figure out where my place was in all that.
“And I wanted to be home with my young children.”
Learning business: “Two years ago, I didn’t know what VC meant. I thought it was V.C. Andrews, the author who wrote ‘Flowers in the Attic.’
“But when I do something, I do it 100 percent.
“We see a lot of celebrities put their name on stuff. I wanted more than that. I wanted to be there every day, I wanted to go raise the money.
“I got my food handler’s license. It was a little competitive in the office to see who would get the highest grade.”
Playing on celebrity: “Maybe the name gets us in the door, but it gets you in the door as a little bit of a novelty. You have to ask when they’re taking you seriously — if it’s like ‘Let’s see what Buffy has to say, and maybe I’ll get a picture for my kids.’
“There was definitely a lot to prove, and I feel like I’m still proving it.”
Sourcing: “For us, the struggle has been to find all these ingredients. Not everybody knows there is food coloring that’s not artificial.
Programming: “Why can’t we have our own channel? Why can’t we do our own programming? I have a better idea about what audiences want because I am the audience. We can put stuff out there because it moves us.”
On March 11th on youtube Sarah will be seen in the fourth addition of Princess Rap Battle dressed up as Cinderella , She shared some photos on twitter and instagram and I added those to the gallery.
Princess Rap Battle > Twitter Photos
Sarah did a live Q&A on reddit and here are a few of my favorite question and answers, you can read the whole transcript by clicking HERE!
Sarah, if you awoke tomorrow to discover you were Bruce Willis, what’s the first thing you would do?
Oh my god, that’s so easy! I would just walk around all day yelling “Yippee-Ki-Yay Motherfucker!”
Seeing Sarah Michelle Gellar say the word ‘motherfucker’ fulfilled in me a need I didn’t know I had.
What was your favorite Buffy episode to work on?
I have a few, so bear with me.
I am in a room full of Buffy fans and everyone is yelling out their favorite episodes!
My first one is The Prom because I just love that whole story, and I thought it just encapsulated the show so well. It was beautiful and heartbreaking.
I also love Hush because I think it’s not just the scariest episode we’ve ever done but the challenge to do a silent episode – I thought it would be easy but it was way harder.
And the other favorite I love is The Body, because it was beyond difficult and heart wrenching to shoot, and I don’t know if many people know this, but my entire first scene was all done in one take. It was 4-5 minutes of one long take.
Spike or Angel?
How is your day going 🙂
My day? well, with mercury in retrograde it didn’t out so great. I spilled my cold medicine all over my car which I had just gotten detailed. Then I locked my keys in a place in the car where keys go and are never found again. But now I’m getting to spend my day with fans so it’s getting better.
I’m so glad I’m finally early for one of these! Buffy is my all-time favorite show, it would just make my year to get a response! Ok two questions (if you don’t mind):
I think part of what makes BtVS so great is that it was so ahead of its time in a lot of ways, while at the same time perfectly encapsulated the era in which it aired. What do you think was Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s greatest contribution to televison/pop culture/etc. (or what has stuck with you the most)?
Buffy had some of the best dialogue ever. Do you have a favorite “Buffy-ism?”
Thanks for being amazing and taking the time to do this!
I think for me the greatest message of Buffy was all about female empowerment, and not just female, but empowerment in general. High school is the scariest part of people’s lives, and I loved that we used the monsters of Buffy as a metaphor for the monsters of life. And to not judge a book by its cover. That we are all capable of taking care of ourselves.
Well I think it’s the lines that have come now – like I love it when people tweet me “What would Buffy Do” or WWBD, or also “She saved the world, a LOT.”