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.
EXCLUSIVE: TV Land has ordered 12 additional episodes of Happily Divorced, bringing the sophomore season of the sitcom starring Fran Drescher to 24 episodes. Season to date, Season 2 of Happily Divorced is averaging 1.5 million total viewers. The comedy opened its second season last month with 1.4 million viewers, down from 2.4 million viewers for its series premiere last summer. The first part of the show’s second season concludes on June 6. 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. Drescher and Peter Marc Jacobsen, who previously co-created together The Nanny, are the writers/executive producers.
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. He will make his final appearance during this year’s show Sept. 4 to perform his signature song, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” Lewis will continue as national chairman of the MDA, a position he’s held since the early 1950s.
– TV Land’s original scripted series Hot In Cleveland is returning for 12 new episodes beginning June 15 at 10 PM, the network announced. It will be followed by the new Fran Drescher sitcom Happily Divorced, which began production today.
– Tribune Broadcasting is partnering with ITV Studios America to produce The Bill Cunningham Show, which will air on Tribune stations nationwide beginning in the fall. The hourlong talk show from the attorney/radio host will be topically driven; Kim Brechka (The Montel Williams Show) is executive producer.
They’ve done it again – almost 10 years after they co-created The Nanny, Fran Drescher and Peter Marc Jacobson are close to landing another comedy series starring the nasal-voiced actress. I hear TV Land is finalizing a series pickup for Drescher and Jacobsen’s pilot, Happily Divorced. The order is expected to be for 10 episodes, including the pilot. 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. Drescher and Jacobsen are the writers/executive producers.
It is unclear how the pending series order for Happily Divorced would affect the chances of TV Land’s other two pilots: the untitled Mark Reisman project, about three divorced guys (David Alan Basche, Donald Faison, Wayne Knight) who live in an apartment building where their landlord is their sexy female divorce attorney (Kristen Johnston), and the untitled Terri Minsky project, an office comedy set at a regional beverage manufacturer and distributor in Oregon that stars Christine Taylor. TV Land recently renewed its first original comedy series, Hot In Cleveland, for a third season.
EXCLUSIVE: Dreama Walker, who is recurring on the CBS drama The Good Wife, is set to star in ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apt. 23 (working title), which is directed by Jason Winer. The 20th TV-produced project, written by Nahnatchka Khan, centers on June (Walker), an earnest, honest, optimistic girl from the heartland who, due to circumstances beyond her control, is forced to move in with Chloe, a sexy, unstable New York City party girl who has the morals of a pirate. Gersh-repped Walker, who plays Zach Florrick’s conniving ex-girlfriend Becca on The Good Wife, also recurred on Gossip Girl.
Meanwhile, veterans Rita Moreno and Robert Walden and Everybody Hates Chris alumna Tichina Arnold have joined TV Land’s comedy pilot Happily Divorced starring Fran Drescher as a woman who re-enters the dating scene after finding out her husband is gay. Moreno and Walden will play her parents, Arnold – her best friend.
EXCLUSIVE: TV Land has greenlighted two more comedy pilots from sitcom veterans: Happily Divorced, written/executive produced by The Nanny co-creators, actress Fran Drescher and Peter Marc Jacobsen, and Rip City, written/exec produced by Lizzy McGuire and Less Than Perfect creator Terri Minsky and executive produced by Michael Hanel and Mindy Schultheis (Reba, TV Land’s upcoming Retired at 35). The two half-hours join the recently ordered comedy pilot Ex Men, from former Fraiser executive producer Mark Reisman.
Happily Divorced is based on Drescher’s real life. In addition to co-writing/exec producing, the former Nanny actress could potentially star in the project, about a woman who re-enters the dating world after finding out that her husband is gay. It focuses on how she juggles her relationship with her current boyfriend and ex-husband post-divorce. Drescher and Jacobsen are also executive producing Drescher’s syndicated talk show, which is making a trial run on the Fox stations. Rip City is a multi-camera office comedy which takes place at Rip City Cola, a regional …