Production has started on the Netflix single-camera family show “The Baby-Sitters Club” in Vancouver. Alicia Silverstone (“Clueless) will lead the series alongside Mark Feuerstein (“Royal Pains”), the streaming platform announced in a press release.
Silverstone will play Elizabeth Thomas-Brewer, the mother of Kristy Thomas and love interest of Watson Brewer, played by Feuerstein. The show is based on the best-selling book series of the same title, which follows the friendship and babysitting adventures of five best friends — Kristy Thomas, Mary Anne Spier, Claudia Kishi, Stacey McGill, and Dawn Schafer — in Stoneybrook, Connecticut.
The family-friendly adaptation comes from Walden Media and Michael De Luca, who will executive produce. Rachel Shukert (“GLOW”) will serve as showrunner, while Lucy Kitada and Naia Cucukov will serve as executive producers, and Lucia Aniello (“Broad City”) will serve as director and executive producer.
The series author Ann M. Martin will also produce alongside Aniello’s Paulilu Productions. There is a 10-episode order.
Published by Scholastic, “The Baby-Sitters Club” is a classic story of female friendship, entrepreneurialism, and empowerment. Originally launched as a four-book series in 1986, “The Baby-Sitters Club” is one of the most successful children’s book series in publishing history with over 200 books licensed in over 20 territories with more than 180 million copies in print to date.
Silverstone was last seen in the series “American Woman” on Showtime. She is also known for her roles like Batgirl in the 1997 “Batman & Robin” movie.
Feuerstein, on the other hand, has also starred in the Netflix series “Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later.” The actor’s last series was “9JKL” which aired on CBS in 2017.
Netflix has not confirmed when “The Baby-Sitters Club” shall drop on the platform. Based on the production schedule, it will be likely slated for a mid-2020 release.