The Renee Zellweger pilot “Cinnamon Girl” has been passed up by Lifetime network. The drama pilot, which was based loosely around Zellweger’s real life experience moving from small-town life in Texas to the bright and busy city of Hollywood, was co-created and executive produced by Zellweger along with Anthony Tambakis (“Warrior”). The premise of the pilot revolved around both Zellweger’s experiences and incorporated Tambakis’ love for the Laurel Canyon music scene and the New Hollywood era of the late 1960’s. “Cinnamon Girl” was the story of “four girls as they came of age during the cultural revolution of the late 1960s and early 1970s in Los Angeles. The drama explores Cassie (Allie MacDonald), Lola (Alexis Knapp), Penny (Brooke Anne Smith) and Lou's (Jade Bartlett) lives as they reach a crossroads of the era's political, artistic, social and sexual rebellions.”
“Cinnamon Girl” is one of three pilots that Lifetime was holding back decisions on. When “Cinnamon Girl” was picked up for a pilot there was a fairly intense bidding war between studios before the pilot landed at Fox21 with a rumoured budget of almost $6 million. The news of Lifetimes decision to pass comes one month after the network decided not to move forward with the Kim Raver pilot “The Secret Lives of Wives”. Two weeks ago, Lifetime also picked up the drama “Witches of East End” to series. Their forth drama pilot ordered last summer, “HR”, has yet to complete casting.