The Wilson Phillips cameo at the end of producer Judd Apatow's comedy Bridesmaids was perfect timing for the band, who is now attempting a comeback with a new album and a reality show for TV Guide Network, Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On, which premieres on Sunday, April 8 at 9/8c.
"We got a random phone call from Judd Apatow's people," bandmate Chynna Phillips told reporters at the network's winter previews on Saturday. "We just thought it was a real honor, and we love Judd Apatow's movies and thought he was hysterical, so we wanted to be a part of it. But we had absolutely no idea the impact our one baby cameo was going to have in this film. We were pretty taken aback and excited that it gave our careers the boost, the shot in the arm that we needed."
The group, which also includes sisters Carnie and Wendy Wilson, has reunited to record a comeback album, which will drop on April 3. The album will cover songs originally sung by their famous musician parents -- Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys and John and Michelle Phillips of the Mamas & the Papas.
Still Holding On is an eight-episode reality series that follows their journey back to fame, and in preview clips the three are seen bickering as much as singing. "The dynamics have always been exactly the same," Wendy Wilson said about the on-screen fighting. "We love each other no matter what. There's friction and there's fighting, but we fight like sisters."
The group has had previous individual experience with reality shows. Phillips was eliminated fairly early in the 13th season of ABC's Dancing With the Stars, Wendy Wilson appeared on Supernanny, and Carnie Wilson famously participated in Wife Swap, with less-than-flattering results. "It's all about editing, sweetie," Carnie told a reporter who asked about her experience on the show. "They can only fit so much material in 44 minutes. I really feel they misrepresented my husband, because he is a very hands-on father. We're passing down an incredible foundation for our children that I wish that I had as a child. I couldn't be more proud of my parenting style or my husband's."
The three women are quick to defend their parenting skills, given that their own parents' lifestyles didn't make for the most ideal childhoods. "I think it inspires you when you come from an unconventional background to be a grounded mother and parent," Wendy Wilson explained.
Phillips added, "We're definitely not passing the doobies to our kids. That ain't happening."