Children of the ’90s rejoice, because a little bit of your childhood is coming to the small screen. If you grew up in the ’90s, chances are you owned one or two of The Baby-Sitters Club books. Ann M. Martin’s series of books were a staple for many young people who came of age in the 1990’s. It inspired an entire generation of young girls to become young businesswomen and start their own baby-sitters club.
Like many things that were great in the ’90s, The Baby-Sitters Club is having its own resurgence. Not only did the books encourage many young girls to babysit, but they also encouraged a love of reading. Maybe you loved these books yourself. Maybe you owned the entire series and couldn’t wait for the next book to come out.
The Baby-Sitters Club had a loyal following that are now grown. Many probably have children about the same age as they were when they discovered the books. Fans of the original series will now have the chance to share their favourite characters with their own kids.
Rumors have been circulating that The Baby-Sitters Club is coming to television.While there was a tv series that aired in the early ’90s and a movie that released in 1995, it looks like we’re going to be seeing a new series based on all our favourite characters.
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Walden Media and producer Michael De Luca are adapting Martin’s beloved series. They’re looking at shopping a half hour episodic show to any networks interested. All the original characters, including Kristy, Stacy, Mary Anne, and Claudia will be featured in the upcoming series.
The series is being billed as “family friendly.” THR writes that the production company is hoping that young adults, teens and adults alike will enjoy watching.
The show is set to tackle many modern day issues that affect young people like divorce, racism and belonging. It seems there will be no shortage of problems for the baby-sitters club to deal with.
Walden Media, which is set to oversee production of the series, is looking forward to introducing the beloved characters to a new generation of fans.
“As lifelong fans of The Baby-Sitters Club and its enduring messages of entrepreneurialism, empowerment, diversity and most importantly, female friendships, we couldn’t be more thrilled to work on this special project with Rachel and Lucia,” Walden Media’s senior vp development and production, Naia Cucukov, told THR. “We feel incredibly honored that Ann M. Martin has allowed us the chance to introduce the BSC to a new generation of future thought leaders and influencers.”
THR also points out that the Baby-Sitters Club book series has been hugely popular over the years. Translated in to 19 languages, the books have sold over 180 million copies. Fans of the series are incredibly nostalgic about it. It’a harder and harder to find programs on television everyone in the family can watch together. This new series will no doubt have a huge fan base eager to watch with their own kids.
Especially those who have passed their dog eared books on to their own kids.
The show will no doubt also appear to the younger demographic who have never heard of the book series as well. Tweens and teens are often relegated to Disney channel programming but are often looking for something that digs a bit deeper. I know a lot of moms who will definitely be tuning in with their kids to watch this one.
Were you a fan of the original book series The Baby-Sitters Club? Would you tune in to a half hour series, or do you think it’s better left in the past?
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