Scott Bakula Telefilm Cast Announced

By Christian
May 31, 2001 - 5:42 PM

Full casting has been announced for 'What Girls Learn,' the upcoming made-for-TV film starring Scott Bakula (Jonathan Archer) that will be airing on the Showtime cable network this year.

According to Variety, Elizabeth Perkins has been cast opposite Bakula in the female lead role. Perkins is well-known for her starring roles in films such as 'Big,' 'The Flintstones' and last year's '28 Days.' She will likely be playing Frances, the on-screen mother of two young sisters, who will be played by Alison Pill and Tamara Hope.

'What Girls Learn' is based on the novel of the same name by Karin Cook. The book was told from the perspective of 12-year old Tilden (presumably played by Pill), whose life is uprooted when her mother falls in love with a stranger, Nick (Bakula), and moves the family from Atlanta to Long Island to be with him. Fortunately, Nick turns out to be a kind man, and Tilden and her sister Elizabeth enjoy some stability. But then their mother discovers a lump in her breast, and while she is hospitalised, their predatory brother arrives, and the sisters are thrown back upon their own strong bond with each other.

The telepic was shot in Toronto this April, and was directed by Lee Rose. The film was produced by Bakula via his company BPI (Bakula Productions Inc.), which previously produced the Showtime mini-series 'It's A Girl Thing,' also under the direction of Lee Rose. It is not yet known when Showtime will air 'What Girls Learn.'

In other Scott Bakula news, one of his co-stars in the Late Boomers television pilot, Robert Urich recently answered several questions about the sitcom. Bakula filmed the pilot for that show while he was in final negotiations for Enterprise, but reserved the right to drop out of the series if he would be cast as Jonathan Archer in Series V (story).

"Thank you so much for your comments on the pilot Late Boomers," Urich told a fan on his official web site. "The first time I read the script I felt the same way. I laughed out loud. Scott was brought in On Friday, April 27th and as you know, we filmed it in front of a studio audience on Sunday, April 29th. The role wasn't re-written for him and I think he did an amazing job in just two and a half days."

Bakula was brought in at this late stage to replace Burt Reynolds, who had stormed off the set only days before shooting began. The pilot was not yet picked up as a regular series by CBS, and after having lost a lead star twice in a row its future does not look good.

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