Unfortunately, Making History, the last TV Series of Leighton won’t be renewed for season two. We hope to see her again in another project soon. Read the note below:
Making History is, well, history. Son of Zorn has drawn his last breath. And it’s R.I.P. for APB.
Fox has cancelled all three rookie series due to low ratings, TVLine has confirmed.
The time travel-themed comedy Making History — which starred Adam Pally and Leighton Meester — saw its 13-episode order scaled back to 9 last fall before launching in March with 2.19 million viewers and an anemic 0.9 demo rating (and that was with the benefit of a Simpsons lead-in). Its series finale is slated to air on May 21.
The partially animated Son of Zorn, meanwhile, premiered respectably in September with 6 million viewers and 2.4 demo rating, but those numbers quickly fell to Earth. Its February series finale attracted 1.5 million/.7 rating.
Lastly, procedural APB bowed in February with 6 million/1.5 and ended its 12-episode run in April with 2.7 mil/0.7.
It might surprise you to learn that there are actually *two* versions of Leighton Meester. There’s the one that everyone sees on-screen and attending fancy events, who wears designer dresses and pioneers new trends. Then there’s the actual version: just your average woman who admits to loving yoga pants, questionable aughts trends, and struggles to clean out her closet just as much as the next person.
Luckily, we had a chance to get to know the real Leighton over at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, where we talked about all of the above as well as her new show, Making History (more on that here). The star even revealed she has her own version of the KonMari method, and not only is it genius, the way she describes it is pretty hilarious, too.
Tightly-harnessed rage is something we saw Leighton Meester deliver up countless times as Blair Waldorf. But the 30-year-old woman perched on the edge of a velveteen lounge chair in the empty Jane Hotel ballroom isn’t exactly angry. She’s more frustrated: “The excitement for a lot of people is: Man and woman meet, get married, then have a baby. But in the meantime, there’s so much more to women. We have these flawed heroes so often leading shows. But a flawed heroine? She’s portrayed in a different way: so much more of a bitch, and if she’s older, certainly a dried up one.”
It’s a crisp afternoon in late February and Meester is here talking up her new Fox series, Making History, a time travel comedy that also stars The Mindy Project’s Adam Pally. The actress plays Deborah Revere, the gun-slinging, bear-skinning, ax-hurling, real-life daughter of Paul, who falls for a guy from 2017 and eventually agrees to climb into his giant duffel bag so they can return to the future together. Everything you imagine might go wrong does, which basically explains the thrust of the plot.
Clad in a cozy sweater and dark jeans, her hair piled half-up on her head, Meester tells me she modeled her Making History character on the kind of childlike wonderment that effectively skewers adults for their bullshit. “You know when a kid stares at you and you’re like, ‘Don’t look at me like that, don’t judge me’?” Meester asks. “Deborah is like that. Her innocence and naïveté make her cutting and childlike at the same time. It brings out the best in people around her.”
When WWD connects with Leighton Meester over the phone, it’s a few days after New York Fashion Week, and she’s just made the rounds at Prabal Gurung and Kate Spade, in her first fashion week appearance in a few years.
“It had been a while since I’d been to New York, and I was like ‘Man, I kind of miss it,’” the actress says. “And at the same time, it’s so cold usually during that time and you’re just trying to dress nice and go out [but] it’s cold.”
The 30-year-old Meester, best known for her star-making role as Blair Waldorf on the CW’s “Gossip Girl,” was a fixture of New York fashion while the series aired, if for no other reason than because of her character. After the show ended, Meester decamped to L.A. four years ago, where she is now a mother to a one-year-old daughter, Arlo, with husband Adam Brody.
“I was really happy living in New York, and to be totally honest, the reason why I ended up moving — and the reason changed over time, but, in the beginning — was because I had been saving up, and I wanted to buy a home,” she says.
"If you're just yourself, you'll never lose. I want to be myself. That's when you feel the most comfortable, that's when you have the most success, and that's when you're the most happy."
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