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Netflix’s Adaptation Of The Baby-Sitter’s Club Is Around The Corner And We’ve Got Some Ideas For The Cast

If you grew up in the 80s/early 90s and were a nerd for books, then you definitely remember the names Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, and Stacey. They were the group of friends we wish we had, and thanks to author Ann M. Martin, she introduced us to these four friends and a babysitting club that would change our lives in many ways.  

After a successful run of books, the Baby-Sitter’s Club hit the big screen when it turned into a feature film in 1995 and fast forward 24 years later, this group of friends is about to get the Netflix treatment.

Netflix announced on Tuesday that Alicia Silverstone and Mark Feuerstein have been cast in the series. 

Silverstone will play Elizabeth Thomas-Brewer, mother of Kristy Thomas and love interest of Watson Brewer, played by Feuerstein. While the 1995 Baby-Sitter’s Club film and the books were pretty diverse and inclusive and tackled issues based on race and gender, we hope the Netflix series adaptation will take it one step further and be able to reflect women in this day and age. After all, the books taught us quite the laundry list of feminist lessons–from women empowerment and leadership to showing young women how to make space for themselves in places where they might not seem welcome. 

We can’t wait to see who else will be announced for the cast of the Baby-Sitter’s Club, but in the meantime, we’ve got some ideas for some amazing Latinx actors who could take on those roles. 

Isabella Gomez as Mary Anne Spier 

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Secretary of The Baby-Sitters Club, Mary Anne Spier makes her first appearance in Book #1 “Kristy’s Great Idea” and the last book in the original series, Book #131 “The Fire at Mary Anne’s House,” focuses on Mary Anne losing her home in a fire. The series sort of comes full circle with the four original members as Mary Anne is the first and the last to narrate her own book. And if we were to have our way with the latest The Baby-Sitters Club series, we’d love to see One Day at a Time‘s Isabella Gomez play the amazing Mary Anne Spier. The Colombian-American actress, best known her starring role as Elena Alvarez in ODAT is no Netflix rookie, so she’d be perfect the role. She’s also had previous minor roles in Modern Family and Matador

Jasmine Villegas as Claudia Kishi

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Up next is Claudia “Claud” Kishi, the vice presidents of The Baby-Sitters Club. Like Mary Anne Spier, Claudia Kishi also makes her first appearance in Book #1 and is one of the main characters in The Baby-Sitters Club books by Ann M. Martin. In the 1995 movie of The Baby-Sitters Club, Claudia Kishi is portrayed by actress Tricia Joe, who also starred in the 1994 film “I’ll Do Anything.” In Netflix’s series, we’d love to see Claudia Kishi be portrayed by pop and R&B singer Jasmine Marie Villegas. The Filipina and Mexican artist has also had her fair share of guest appearances on shows like That’s So Raven, The Nine, and My Wife and Kids.  

Bella Thorne as Dawn Schafer (Mary Anne’s Stepsister)

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We don’t think there’s anyone more fit for the role of Dawn Read Schafer than Bella Thorne. The resemblance is uncanny! Dawn Schafer is the former alternate officer in The Baby-Sitters Club–this meant that if someone wasn’t able to make the club’s meeting, then she would take over their duties. We feel like Thorne has that same set of responsibly vibe that Schafer has. The Cuban-American actress and singer has an extensive resume of television and film roles, so Netflix… hit her up!

Jenna Ortega as Kristy Thomas

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Kristin “Kristy” Amanda Thomas is the main character in The Baby-Sitter’s Club books and she’s the creator and president of the club. She’s the daughter of Elizabeth Thomas-Brewer and Patrick Thomas. Kristy is known for her leadership skills and she’s the mastermind behind The Baby-Sitter’s Club best ideas. When we think of Kristy’s personality traits and the type of independent young woman that she is, we think of actress Jenna Ortega. I mean, the Mexican-Puerto Rican actress did play Elena of Avalor (and nailed it!) for a reason. She’s also played a young Jane Villanueva in The CW’s Jane the Virgin, so we can’t help but think that she’d make the perfect Kristy Thomas in Netflix’s new series. 

Allegra Acosta as Mallory Pike 

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Who could forget the feisty Mallory “Mal” Pike? She’s a Junior Officer in The Baby-Sitter’s Club and in case you forgot, Junior Officers in the club don’t have any duties since they’re younger than the other members and are unable to babysit at night. For the Netflix series, we’d love to see actress and singer Allegra Acosta take on the role of Mallory Pike. The Latinx actress is best known for playing the role Mallory Hernandez in the Hulu original series Marvel’s Runaways. 

Eva Longoria as Elizabeth Thomas-Brewer

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Yeah, yeah, we love Alicia Silverstone and Clueless as much as the next person but why not take advantage of an opportunity like this to cast Latinx actors for the Netflix series? In Netflix’s remake of The Baby-Sitter’s Club, Silverstone will be playing the role of Kristy Thomas’ mother but we’d love to see Eva Longoria take on that role. We’d love to see her help the girls with The Baby-Sitter’s Club duties. 

Jaime Camil as Watson Brewer

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After seeing Jaime Camil play the hell out of Rogelio de la Vega and Jane Villanueva’s dad on Jane the Virgin, we just want to keep seeing him in more fatherly roles. And imagine him playing the love interest of a mother whose daughter is in charge of leading a babysitting club? We’d love to see that play out. Plus, Jaime Camil and Eva Longoria have experience acting side by side in a brief stint on Jane the Virgin, so come on, Netflix. 

Eiza Gonzalez as Stacey McGill

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Anastasia Elizabeth “Stacey” McGill is The Baby-Sitter’s Club treasurer and in the books, she’s described as having a very sophisticated yet glamorous style. We can’t help but think of Eiza Gonzalez as the perfect actor to take on the role of Stacey. Again, look! The resemblance is uncanny! 

Becky G as Cokie Mason

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Oooh, we’d love to see the Latinx singer and actor Becky G take on a more villainy role. We know, Cokie Mason isn’t technically THAT evil, but the chief rival of the Baby-Sitter’s Club has her days. She’s responsible for a number of pranks on the club and she also had a crush on Logan (who dated Mary Anne Spier). It would definitely be a fun role to see Becky G take on! 

Sierra Capri as Jessi Ramsey

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We love Sierra Capri in On My Block and we’d love to start seeing her take on more roles, in and outside of Netflix of course. But seeing Capri play Jessi Ramsey, who’s also a junior officer, from The Baby-Sitter’s Club would be a dream. 

Diego Boneta as Logan Bruno

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Of course, we had to include Logan Bruno. For starters, according to the books, he’s a heartthrob, and Mary Anne Spier is the lucky lady who gets to call him her boyfriend. She’s also an associate member of The Baby-Sitter’s Club and according to the books, he has sandy blond hair and blue eyes. But we don’t always need a blondie to make our hearts swoon, so that’s why we vote for Mexican actor Diego Boneta to play his part in the new Netflix series. 

So there you have it, Netflix. We just cast the majority of the series for you, so we better see some diversity in your remake of The Baby-Sitter’s Club (and we also can’t wait to watch!). 

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Gabriel Fernandez’s Mother, Pearl Fernandez, Is Trying to Have Her Murder Conviction Thrown Out

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Gabriel Fernandez’s Mother, Pearl Fernandez, Is Trying to Have Her Murder Conviction Thrown Out

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Gabriel Fernandez’s mother, Pearl Fernandez, is trying to have her murder conviction thrown out. The 37-year-old woman has been in jail since 2018 for the murder and torture of her eight-year old son.

Pearl Fernandez is petitioning the court for resentencing, hoping to have her first-degree murder and/or second-degree murder charges thrown out.

Fernandez is hoping to have her sentence vacated based off of new changes to the California state penal code. “I think that she feels that somehow maybe, you know, the special circumstance will be dismissed or maybe she’ll have a chance that the D.A. will agree with the petition,” Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Hatami said to CBSLA.

In June 2018, a judge sentenced Pearl Fernandez to life without parole. The judge charged Pearl Fernandez with the 2013 torture and killing of her eight-year-old son, Gabriel Fernandez.

On May 22, 2013, Gabriel Fernandez died after suffering a fatal beating from his mother. Pearl Fernandez was allegedly angry that he didn’t clean up his toys.

The details of Pearl and her boyfriend’s lengthy torture campaign against Gabriel Fernandez are both gruesome and numerous. Over the course of his eight-month stay with Isauro Aguirre, the couple broke his bones, burned him with cigarettes, pepper-sprayed him, and forced him to eat his own vomit as well as animal feces. And that is just a short-list of what they did.

The case came to national attention after the release of the 2020 Netflix documentary, “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez“. The documentary shone a spotlight on the insidious nature of child abuse. It also highlighted the systematic failures of the social services system that fails to protect children.

Elected officials have expressed their disgust at Pearl Fernandez for trying to escape justice by taking advantage of updated laws.

“The policies and directives from my office and these new laws created by the Legislature are emboldening murderers of children to apply to be re-sentenced,” said Deputy DA Hatami to City News Service. “This is completely unfair to the surviving families and their loved ones.”

He continued: “Families now have to relive all the horror that was perpetrated upon a small and helpless child. Based upon all the evidence presented at the grand jury, which was made public, and the jury trial, Pearl Fernandez was a major participant in the torture and murder of little Gabriel.”

It seems obvious by the fact that Pearl Fernandez is trying to get out of jail after torturing her son to death, that she isn’t remorseful about her actions.

Any other mother who killed her son would probably want to spend the rest of her life in jail instead of trying to find a way to get out of it.

If you believe someone you know is experiencing–or committing–child abuse, there are resources to help. Call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or 1-800-422-4453, or go to www.childhelp.org. Staying vigilant could help save a child like Gabriel Fernandez.

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Regé-Jean Page Is Leaving ‘Bridgerton’ and We’re Devastated

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Regé-Jean Page Is Leaving ‘Bridgerton’ and We’re Devastated

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There is some very bad news for “Bridgerton” fans. On Friday, Netflix announced that Regé-Jean Page is not returning for the second season of the smash-hit Shondaland series. Regé-Jean Page played the dashing Duke Simon Basset in the first season.

Netflix told the world that Regé-Jean Page would not be returning to “Bridgerton” via a statement written in the voice of Lady Whistledown.

“While all eyes turn to Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s quest to find a Viscountess, we bid adieu to Regé-Jean Page, who so triumphantly played the Duke of Hastings. We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family,” Lady Whistledown wrote.

They also added: “Daphne will remain a devoted wife and sister, helping her brother navigate the upcoming social season and what it has to offer – more intrigue and romance than my readers may be able to bear.”

Apparently, it was Regé-Jean Page’s decision not to return to the multicultural costume drama.

Although the role of duke Simon Basset shot Page to stardom, he feels that it’s now time for him to move onto bigger and better things. In an interview with Variety, Page said that Bridgerton producers always told him that his role would be a “one-season arc” with a “beginning, middle, end”.

“[I thought] ‘That’s interesting,’ because then it felt like a limited series,” said Page. “I get to come in, I get to contribute my bit and then the Bridgerton family rolls on.”

According to Bridgerton producers, the next season will largely revolve around Anthony Bridgerton (played by Jonathan Bailey) as he tries to nab the love of his life.

Unfortunately, that storyline doesn’t seem quite as appealing to Bridgerton fans who loved to stare at Regé-Jean Page’s face for hours on end.

“Well, not sure what the point of watching this now,” said one disgruntled Twitter user. “We all know that Simon was the reason why most of us were watching this :/”

Fans of the book series, however, were much quicker to jump to Regé-Jean Page’s defense.

“Guys, each season is about one brother/sister, first season was about Daphne, second season will be about Anthony!” wrote another fan. “Simon won’t be the main character as he was. Accept Anthony and Kate [the new love interest]”. They added later: “The name [of the show] is ‘Bridgerton’ not Duke of Hastings.”

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