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Melissa Joan Hart on the 'Clarissa' Sequel That Never Was

by Breia Brissey, posted Mar 15th 2011 2:00PM
Melissa Joan HartFashion icon. Sister. Best friend. Daughter. Explainer of it all. Nickelodeon's Clarissa was every one of those things. When the Melissa Joan Hart–fronted 'Clarissa Explains It All' ended in 1994, the title character went off into sunset to become a journalist in New York City.

But that wasn't exactly the end of Clarissa -- Nickelodeon and CBS planned 'Clarissa Now,' a new show that would have seen Hart play the title character as she interned at a busy New York newspaper. The pilot aired on Nickelodeon, but never made it to series. Thanks to the Internet, the show was uploaded to YouTube and made the rounds last week.

TV Squad caught up with Clarissa herself, Melissa Joan Hart, at the ABC Family Upfront where she reflected on what happened to 'Clarissa Now.'

"I thought it was a fun show, although I don't remember it very well," Hart said. "But it skewed a lot older because it was a different time. CBS was very much an older-demographic network back then.

"They tried to age the show up a little bit, but the thing is, the 'Clarissa' audience was so young and hip. I just think it didn't work. It's not what people wanted to see."

For those still hankering for even more 'Clarissa,' TeenNick will air the original series starting in the fall as part of a new programming block called 'The '90s Are All That.' Watch the full 'Clarissa Now' pilot after the jump.

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