Old Spice (Television Thoughts: Girls5Eva, Pilot, Peacock)

From NBC’s Peacock comes ‘Girls5Eva,’ a funny new show from Meredith Scardino, and executive produced by Tina Fey. One minute into this show, you know it’s by Fey – witty dialogues, characters who celebrate their quirkiness, and topical jokes. And I must say, I just saw the first episode, and I laughed more than I have in a long time. It’s irreverent, inside-y, and just my vibe. It’s about a former girl group in the early aughts who have seen better days. The girls are now middle aged and basically has-beens. When a hot rapper samples their biggest hit, they get ‘rediscovered,’ and become suddenly the old new hot thing. The jokes write themselves, and they are hilarious.

It’s stacked with a great cast – Busy Philips is the ditzy blonde, Sara Bareilles is the flower who finds her new bloom, Paula Pell is the gay now-out member (you know there is always one) And Renee Elise Goldsberry is the Diana Ross/Beyonce of the group. There’s a fifth member, and she dies via a infinity pool accident.

By the end of the pilot. we see the group reunited. And we root for them because finally in their middle age, these women are able to maybe get success in their own terms. Will they suceed? I just might subscribe to Peacock Premium just to find out,