Drew Barrymore on ABC's 'Charlie's Angels' revival: 'It just is a bummer'
After producing and starring in two feature-film spinoffs of "Charlie's Angels," the former child actress tried to bring television success to the female-detective franchise again last fall as an executive producer of the ABC series update that featured Minka Kelly, Annie Ilonzeh and Rachael Taylor. The result lasted less than two months, and Barrymore is philosophical about it.
"It was one of those things where I guess we missed the mark on it," she tells Zap2it, "and it just is a bummer. Lovely people were involved, and our intentions were really good, but you don't succeed in everything.
"You try and learn from those experiences," Barrymore adds. "I think there are shows that try to reinvent the wheel, and then there are those that are just sort of expected to be fun. This just didn't go down with people."
Television work remains very much in Barrymore's plans, though. Starting Saturday, March 3, she'll be Robert Osborne's new co-host on the weekly Turner Classic Movies series "The Essentials." As might be expected, some family ties are involved for her: The May 26 attraction will be 1933's "Dinner at Eight," which includes Barrymore's grandfather John and great-uncle Lionel in its MGM-all-star cast.
Currently, Barrymore is on theater screens herself in the true save-the-whales drama "Big Miracle," which she deems "a lovely movie that tells a lovely story. All I care about is that the film comes out well, because that's the only way I can hold my head up high."