EXCLUSIVE: Entourage alumna Debi Mazar has been cast in Younger, TV Land‘s single-camera comedy pilot written and executive produced by Sex And The City creator Darren Star. Additionally, Mazar is the latest key Entourage player to join Doug …
Miriam Shor (GCB, The Good Wife) has been set as a series regular in Younger, TV Land‘s single-camera comedy pilot written and executive produced by Sex And The City creator Darren Star. Younger centers on Liza (Sutton Foster), a 40-something woman who reinvents herself and starts living a double life; one as a suburban mom and another as a 29-year old working girl in the city, after her husband leaves her and her child goes to college. Shor will play Diana, the high-strung head of PR for Passion Press. Diana is described as a disdainful woman (known as “Trout Pout”) who likes to get ahead by standing on the shoulder of her subordinates as she slowly pushes them into the mud. Shor is repped by Gersh, Impression Entertainment and attorney James Adams.
EXCLUSIVE: Following her stint on Dancing With The Stars, Leah Remini is returning to TV comedy with a multi-episode arc on TV Land’s The Exes. The King Of Queens alumna will play Stuart’s (David Alan Basche) sister Nicki — a tough-talking, no-nonsense, stylish and sexy woman from Staten Island whose 17-year marriage ends when she finds out her policeman husband had an affair. Nicki retreats to Manhattan to seek the comfort of her brother, only to find out he’s sharing an apartment with two guys, Phil (Donald Faison) and Haskell (Wayne Knight), and living next door to his divorce attorney Holly (Kristen Johnston). Unable and unwilling to keep her opinions to herself, she turns all their lives upside down as she tries to put her life back together and make a new future for herself in Manhattan.
EXCLUSIVE: After making its first ever single-camera comedy pilot order last year to I’m Not Dead Yet, written by Frasier alum Jon Sherman and produced by Electus, the cable network is re-teaming with Sherman and Electus for a new comedy project, which has been put on fast-track development. The untitled workplace comedy revolves around a 30-something woman as she navigates the executive ranks among her old-school male counterparts while her 20-something male assistant tries to make it amid his female-dominated peers – two fish, a big corporate pond, and very little water. “Jon’s contemporary take on a workplace comedy is a universal concept that we are really excited to explore,” said TV Land EVP Keith Cox. “With him and the Electus team at the helm, we can’t wait to see the uncomfortable situations the characters will face and what comedic boundaries they will push.” Sherman executive produces the project with Electus’ Ben Silverman and Jimmy Fox.
In one of the fastest runs to 100 episodes for a traditional cable series, TV Land‘s Hot In Cleveland has achieved the feat in less than three years. The network just announced a fifth-season renewal for the show with a supersized 24-episode order, which brings the series to a total of 104 episodes. Hot In Cleveland, TV Land’s first original sitcom, has been a flagship series for the network since its big launch in June 2010, putting TV Land on the original programming map. The pickup to cross the coveted-for-syndication 100-episode mark comes on the heels of the announcement in January that CBS TV Distribution has sold Hot in Cleveland to TV stations in 92% of the U.S. for a September 2014 launch — likely in anticipation that the sitcom will hit the milestone. The accelerated production may also have been tied to the fact that star Betty White is approaching her own 100 mark (She is 91), though she is showing no signs of slowing down.
EXCLUSIVE: It is the end of the road for TV Land‘s comedy series Retired At 35. I’ve learned that the cable network has opted not to order more episodes of the series starring George Segal. Retired At 35 marks the first TV Land original series to get a cancellation. Its pilot was part of the network’s first pair of scripted pilots, ordered along with Hot In Cleveland. Cleveland was subsequently put on a fast track and is now airing its fourth season, with Seasons 2,3 and 4 in the 22- to 24-episode range after a 10-episode freshman cycle. Meanwhile, Retired At 35 aired a 10-episode second and final season this past summer for a total of 20 episodes over two cycles. It underwent creative changes between the first and second season, but ratings still dropped significantly as Retired at 35 lost its Hot In Cleveland lead-in during Season 2.
EXCLUSIVE: In his first regular series role in more than a decade, Seinfeld alum Michael Richards is set to co-star opposite Cheers‘ Kirstie Alley and Rhea Perlman in the TV Land pilot Giant Baby. Also joining the pilot created by Marco Pennette is Gilles Marini as a guest star/potential recurring.
Giant Baby revolves around Madison “Maddie” Banks (Alley), a Broadway star who finds her life turned upside down when Arlo (Eric Petersen), her long-lost son, turns up looking to connect after his adopted mother dies. Richards will play Maddie’s limo driver. Marini will play her chef. Perlman plays Maddie’s long-suffering assistant and best friend. The castings of Richards, Alley and Perlman are part of TV Land’s strategy to bring to its original shows some of the biggest sitcom stars of the past couple of decades. Richards is with Abrams Artists, Marini with SDB Partners.
UPDATE THURSDAY 11:50 AM: It’s not quite there yet, but TV Land is working on a renewal for freshman comedy The Soul Man. Pickup chatter started two days ago when star Cedric the Entertainer tweeted that the show has been renewed. “We are looking forward to sharing good news about the second season of The Soul Man very soon,” the network said today in a statement. Season One of the Hot In Cleveland spinoff averaged a .7 rating for Adults 25-54 and 1.4 million total viewers in Live+7.
PREVIOUS TUESDAY 11 PM: TV Land has renewed freshman comedy The Soul Man for a second season, according to series star Cedric The Entertainer. “Just got word #TheSoulMan has been picked up for season #2,” Cedric tweeted tonight. “Thank all of you who wrote in and/or just watched me @niecynash bout to Turn Up!