Lifetime has ordered a pilot for “Cinnamon Girl,” a ’60s and ’70s set coming-of-age drama created by Renee Zellweger and Anthony Tambakis (one of the writers of “Warrior”). Interestingly enough, “Warrior” helmer Gavin O’Connor is attached to direct the pilot, which Tambakis wrote.
According to the Hollywood Reporter:
Cinnamon Girl will revolve around four girls as they come of age during the cultural revolution of the late 1960s and early 1970s in Los Angeles. The drama will explore Cassie, Lola, Penny and Lou’s lives as they reach a crossroads of the era’s political, artistic, social and sexual rebellions. The entry is loosely based on Zellweger’s move from small-town Texas to Hollywood stardom.
A network that still tends to be associated with trashy TV movies, Lifetime’s been investing in its own original series recently, with “Army Wives,” “Drop Dead Diva” and recent hit “The Client List,” in which Jennifer Love Hewitt doles out life advice and handjobs. They’ve also picked up the Marc Cherry series “Devious Maids.”
Zellweger also executive produced biopic “Living Proof,” in which Harry Connick Jr. played breast cancer drug creator Dr. Dennis Slamon, for Lifetime in 2008.