Lifetime has decided not to go forward with Cinnamon Girl, its drama pilot co-created and executive produced by Renée Zellweger, which was set against the backdrop of the Los Angeles music and movie scenes of the late 1960s/early 1970s. It tells the story of four coming-of-age girls — Cassie (Allie MacDonald), Lola (Alexis Knapp), Junie (Brooke Anne Smith) and Lou (Jade Bartlett) — and explores their lives at the crossroads of the era’s political, artistic, social and sexual rebellions. Zellweger co-created Cinnamon Girl with Anthony Tambakis (Warrior), and the premise was a combination of Zellweger’s real-life journey from small-town Texas to Hollywood stardom and Tambakis’ lifelong fascination with the Laurel Canyon music scene and the New Hollywood, auteur-driven era that began in the late ’60s.
Cinnamon Girl was the last of three produced pilots from Lifetime’s most recent batch whose fate had not been determined. The network recently picked up The Witches Of East End to series and passed on The Secret Lives Of Wives. Lifetime’s fourth drama pilot ordered last summer, HR, is still casting. After Cinnamon Girl, which was developed internally at Lifetime, was picked to pilot, it sparked a bidding war among studios before landing at Fox21 at a budget rumored to be almost $6 million. Fox21 also produces Witches Of East End.