EXCLUSIVE: There will be no third season of Fran Drescher‘s TV Land‘s comedy series Happily Divorced. I’ve learned that the network has decided to end the sitcom, whose last original episode aired in February. Based on Drescher’s real life, Happily Divorced stars The Nanny alumna as a woman who re-enters the dating world after finding out her husband is gay and juggles her relationship with her current boyfriend and ex-husband. Happily Divorced got off to a strong start, with the series premiere drawing 2.4 million viewers in summer 2011. The second season opened with 1.4 million viewers, and its average of 1.5 million clinched a 12-episode back order, bringing the series’ second season to 24 episodes. That final batch of episodes launched to 1.3 million viewers last November. Drescher and Peter Marc Jacobsen, who previously co-created together The Nanny, were the series’ writers/executive producers. Happily Divorced joins fellow TV Land sitcom Retired At 35, which also was cancelled after 3 seasons. The network’s current slate includes flagship Hot In Cleveland, The Exes and The Soul Man, the upcoming Kirstie Alley sitcom Kirstie as well as multi-camera pilot Jennifer Falls starring Jaime Pressly. TV Land also recently fast-tracked Younger, a single-camera comedy from Darren Star.
New York, NY – May 1, 2012 – TV Land has extended the second season of its original sitcom, “Happily Divorced,” starring Fran Drescher, picking up 12 additional episodes, it was officially announced today by Larry W. Jones, president, TV Land. This episode order takes the second season total to 24. The back-order of season two will debut later this year. The first 12 episodes of the second season are currently in premieres airing Wednesdays at 10:30pm ET/PT on TV Land. “We are thrilled to continue our relationship with Fran and the rest of the amazing cast and crew on ‘Happily Divorced’,” said Jones. “This show uses humor brilliantly to communicate and relate with the audience. We feel so fortunate to have a show that can create social change through laughter.
MIPCOM Briefs: ITV Sells NBC’s ‘Prime Suspect’ To 30 Territories; Overseas Buyers Get ‘Happily Divorced’
The international TV market got underway in Cannes this morning with a flurry of announcements. Here are a few titbits:
– ITV Studios Global Entertainment, the TV distribution arm of the Brit broadcaster, has sold the new NBC version of Prime Suspect to over 30 territories worldwide. This is despite the show teetering on the verge of cancellation in the U.S. ITV, which co-produced the remake with Universal Media Studios, has licensed the Maria Bello vehicle to broadcasters including Nine (Australia), TVNZ (New Zealand) and TV3 (Ireland). Prime Suspect drew an underwhelming 1.5 18-49 rating in its second week on NBC. My colleague Nellie Andreeva reports that NBC’s chief Bob Greenblatt is willing to give the struggling show, which got mostly positive reviews, a bit more time.
– Meanwhile Shine International, the TV distribution arm of News Corp’s Shine Group, has licensed more than 200 hours of programming to Discovery Networks Latin America/US Hispanic. It’s the biggest commission Shine has brokered with DLA/USH to date, and includes cooking competition show MasterChef, game show The Biggest Loser, and unscripted format One Born Every Minute.
Other TV News: Jerry Lewis To Retire As Telethon Host; Premiere Date For ‘Hot In Cleveland’; Tribune Preps ‘Bill Cunningham’
With the upfronts in full swing in New York, it’s easy to forget there’s plenty of news that doesn’t break inside hotel ballrooms. A roundup:
– Jerry Lewis said today that he will retire as host of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s annual Labor Day Telethon, which he has hosted since 1966. …