I’ve learned that TV Land has opted not to renew comedy Kirstie for a second season. The decision comes five months after the show ended its freshman run. Kirstie was not a ratings or critical hit but it featured a dream cast of sitcom stars: Alley, Rhea Perlman and Michael Richards. The show revolved 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. Perlman played Maddie’s assistant and best friend; Richards played Maddie’s outlandish driver. Possibly factoring into TV Land’s decision was the fact that Kirstie creator/executive producer/showrunner Marco Pennette left at the end of Season 1 for personal reasons and the network had to search for a new showrunner.
TV Land has tapped Big Bang Theory‘s Mayim Bialik to host its new version of the hidden camera reality series Candid Camera alongside Peter Funt, the son of the show’s creator and first host, Allen Funt. The series will premiere on Monday, August 11 at 8 PM with original episodes airing Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of that week. It will then air in its regular time slot on Tuesdays at 8 PM beginning August 19. The series is taping now across the country. Ben Silverman’s Electus and Peter Funt’s Candid Camera, Inc. are co-producing, with Funt and Silverman serving as exec producers.
EXCLUSIVE: Dexter alum Aimee Garcia and Episodes‘ Mircea Monroe are set as leads opposite Michael Rosenbaum in TV Land’s single-camera dark comedy Impastor. Written by Christopher Vane and directed by Robert Greenberg, the story centers on Buddy (Rosenbaum), a lowlife on the run from his debts who hides away in a small town by conning its residents into thinking he’s their new gay pastor. Garcia plays Buddy’s put-upon girlfriend, LeeAnne, is a bartender in San Francisco who is used to Buddy leading a chaotic, trouble-jammed lifestyle. A little bored with all the constant upheaval in his life, she dismisses his latest tale of danger and drama. But after Buddy disappears, an apparent suicide, LeeAnne has a new set of problems: dealing with her snarky mother, dealing with the cops, dealing with a funeral director, and (most complicated of all) dealing with Buddy’s criminal creditors on top of the guilt of “abandoning” him. Monroe plays Alexa Cummings, the sexy Head Trustee of Loomis Lutheran Church, who’s instantly attracted to the new pastor in town, Buddy. Alexa’s sophistication hides a mysterious past. Garcia, repped by Dave Fleming at Mosaic, Paradigm and Ginsburg Daniels, recently appeared in MGM’s Robocop. Monroe is with Gersh and LINK.
Jim Gaffigan Eyes Move To TV Land, ‘Clementine’, ‘The Pro’, ‘Cabot College’, ‘Sober Companion’ & Jerrod Carmichael: What Broadcast Pilots Are Still Alive
Two months after the upfronts, where the broadcast networks introduced the pilots they had chosen to join their 2014-2015 schedule, there is still hope for a handful that didn’t make the cut. Sony TV, which already successfully rescued its cancelled NBC comedy series Community with a deal at Yahoo, has been in conversations with TV Land for its Jim Gaffigan single-camera comedy pilot. The family comedy, inspired by Gaffigan’s real life, went through two incarnations at CBS with pilot orders in 2013 and 2014. TV Land had been interested, and conversations have been going on for the past month or so. I hear TV Land is well down the road of trying to make the show work there. I hear the cable network is currently looking to reduce the actors’ compensation to get the budget — which already has been adjusted down — feasible. If the project goes at TV Land, I hear Sony would likely have a passive role and Peter Tolan, who co-wrote and executive produced the CBS pilot, would probably consult.
ABC Studios extended the options on the cast of ABC drama pilot Clementine a month ago. I hear the studio and ABC are exploring the possibility to do Clementine as a summer series. The action project co-produced by The Mark Gordon Co centers on habitual criminal with supernatural abilities Clementine Ross (Sarah Snook), who digs into the mystery of her origins after she becomes the target of a group of zealots.
Three comedy pilots, all from outside studios, are awaiting for the new regime at Fox to weigh in: The Pro, from ABC Studios, Cabot College, from Universal TV, and Sober Companion from CBS TV Studios. Previous Fox chairman Kevin Reilly had expressed interest in Rob Lowe and Rob Riggle’s workplace single-camera pilot The Pro, which was set up at NBC last season. I hear the studio has extended the options on stars Lowe and Riggle as it awaits word. Matt Hubbard’s Cabot College, executive produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, had been in talks with Fox for a possible six-episode order, which were put on hold when Reilly stepped down. Cabot College was one of two Fox comedy pilots from this past cycle that were considered frontrunners. The other, Sober Companion, starred Justin Long and Nick Frost. Despite not getting a series order in May, the network was interested enough, with Reilly commissioning a second script. The project now too awaits review from Dana Walden and Gary Newman, who are taking oversight of the network later this month. Long and Frost are no longer under deals but I hear they loved the project and working together so much, they would be open to coming back in case of a pickup.
Richie Keen has been tapped to direct TV Land’s comedy pilot Teachers. Based on the popular web series, Teachers revolves around six elementary school teachers who are trying to mold the minds and lives of America’s youth, but they don’t really seem to have their own lives together at all. From making their class help them stalk exes online, to altering a grade because the art teacher is “kind of a bitch,” these teachers certainly are changing the world, one student at a time. Keen’s previous directing credits include It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, New Girl, Mixology and Sirens. He’s repped by CAA, Scott Fedro of Lonestar Entertainment, and attorney Adam Kaller.
Sara Rue is set to star opposite Michael Rosenbaum in TV Land’s single-camera comedy pilot Impastor. Written by Christopher Vane, the story centers on a lowlife on the run from his debts (Rosenbaum) who hides away in a small town by conning its residents into thinking he’s their newly hired gay pastor. Vane, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum, Rosenbaum and Robert Greenberg are executive producing with Greenberg directing the pilot. Rue will portray Dora, a local gossip and assistant to the pastor who also is in charge of the Lutheran Church’s Selection Committee — responsible for bringing him to town in the first place. Rue most recently starred on ABC’s Malibu Country. She also recently was seen in the indie film Dorfman In Love. Other credits include multiple-episode arcs on The Big Bang Theory and Two And A Half Men and starring for four seasons on Less Than Perfect. She is repped by APA, Alan David Management, and Nelson Davis Wetzstein.
TV Land is bolstering its original programming team with the hire of Dana Tuinier as VP Development and Original Programming. Based in Los Angeles, she will report to EVP Keith Cox, joining fellow VPs Brad Gardner and Rose Catherine Pinkney. TV Land’s series slate include flagship Hot In Cleveland, recent entry Jennifer Falls and the upcoming Younger. The network also has comedy pilots Teachers and Impastor in the works. Tuinier was most recently Director of Current Programming at Fox where she worked on such series as New Girl, Bob’s Burgers, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Almost Human, Raising Hope, Enlisted and Glee. She also served as Manager of Comedy Development and Coordinator of Current Programming at the broadcast network.
TV Land‘s single-camera pilot Impastor is a go for production with the casting of Smallville alum Michael Rosenbaum as the title character. Originally picked up as cast-contingent, Impastor, from veteran comedy writer Christopher Vane, centers on a lowlife on the run from his debts (Rosenbaum) who hides away in a small town by conning its residents into thinking he’s their newly hired gay pastor. Vane wrote the script and is executive producing alongside Eric and Kim Tannenbaum as well as Rosenbaum. They are joined by comedy veteran Robert Greenberg, who also will executive produce and direct the pilot. Rosenbaum, repped by APA and Untitled, previously took a comedic turn on the Fox single-camera series Breaking In and co-starred on the NBC half-hour pilot Mission Control this past season.
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‘Key & Peele’ EPs Ian Roberts & Jay Martel Tapped As Showrunners For TV Land Comedy Pilot ‘Teachers’
Ian Roberts and Jay Martel, showrunners of Comedy Central’s Peabody Award-winning Key & Peele, have been tapped for the same job on TV Land‘s new scripted comedy pilot Teachers. Based on the popular web series, Teachers revolves around six elementary school teachers who are trying to mold the minds and lives of America’s youth, but they don’t really seem to have their own lives together at all. From making their class help them stalk exes online to altering a grade because the art teacher is “kind of a bitch,” these teachers certainly are changing the world, one student at a time. It’s set to tape this summer.
TV Land‘s first original comedy series keeps going and going. Six episodes into its fifth season run, Hot In Cleveland has been renewed for a sixth with another supersized order of 24 episodes. That brings the series’ total episode count to 125 episodes accomplished in four years, much faster than any broadcast comedy. Stars Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and Betty White announced the Hot In Cleveland renewal with a selfie on the show’s Facebook page. The series, from Hazy Mills Prods., was created by Suzanne Martin who executive produces with Sean Hayes & Todd Milliner as well as Lynda Obst.
EXCLUSIVE: On the heels of picking up single-camera pilots Jennifer Falls and Younger to series, TV Land is adding another single-camera project to its pilot slate. The cable network has given a cast-contingent pilot order to Impastor, from veteran comedy writer Christopher Vane (Brickleberry). It centers on a low-life on the run from his debts who hides away in a small town by conning them into thinking he’s their newly hired gay pastor. ICM Partners-repped Vane wrote the script and is executive producing alongside Eric and Kim Tannenbaum who exec produce through their CBS TV Studios-based Tannenbaum Co.
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EXCLUSIVE: TV Land has given a 12-episode series order to Younger, the single-camera comedy pilot written and executive produced by Sex And the City creator Darren Star. The show, starring Sutton Foster, Hilary Duff, Debi Mazar and Miriam Shor, will premiere in the fall. It will be the first TV Land series to be produced in New York where Star’s signature HBO series also was set and filmed. “There’s nothing better than making a single-camera film comedy in New York – and I’m thrilled to be doing this one with TV Land,” Star said.
Based on the novel by Pamela Redmond Satran, Younger follows 40-year old Liza (Foster), a suddenly single mother who tries to get back into the working world, only to find it’s nearly impossible to start at the bottom at her age. When a chance encounter with a young guy at a bar convinces her she looks younger than she is, Liza tries to pass herself off as 26 – with the help of a makeover, courtesy of her best friend Maggie (Mazar). Armed with new confidence, she lands a job as an assistant to the temperamental Diana (Shor) and teams up with her new co-worker and twentysomething Kelsey (Duff) to make it in the career of her dreams. Now she just has to make sure no one finds out the secret only …
Classic hidden camera reality series Candid Camera is returning to television with a new incarnation at TV Land from the series’ long-time host, Peter Funt, son of creator and original host Allen Funt, and Electus‘ Ben Silverman. The cable network has ordered 10 episodes to air this summer. “The show is full of joyful laughter that catches you off guard and leaves you in high spirits — exactly the outlook that our brand embodies,” TV Land president Larry W. Jones said.
With its signature catch phrase, “Smile, you’re on Candid Camera!”, Candid Camera introduced the hidden camera concept to television in 1948, and the series continued in several iterations over the course of more than 50 years. Silverman, a fan of the original show, tracked down the format to WME and partnered with Funt to develop a new version. The project landed at TV Land, which had been looking for comedic reality ideas. Being on TV Land, a network celebrating classic television, Candid Camera will likely feature classic clips from the past decades. But the show will mainly be “about delivering a fresh show for today’s audiences with great bits,” Silverman said. There have been a lot of hidden camera shows since Candid Camera. “Most of those derivative series were mean and had more of a ‘gotcha’ vibe,” Silverman said, noting that the new …
Remember when George Burns and Gracie Allen used to plug Carnation Evaporated Milk in live TV ads during their 1950s TV series The George Burns And Gracie Allen Show? Of course you don’t! But live ads using show cast members, in character and on set, did not used to be “news” — much less a scoop in the New York Times‘ business section. And, 60 years from now, when a future generation is watching on their glasses a live broadcast of some happy-zombie-family comedy starring some Hollywood It Couple, replete with product promotions by the happy zombies, they will think back to today’s NYT report (“Commercials to Go Live With Show Cast Members”) about the airing of two whole live ads during the live season debuts of TV Land‘s Hot In Cleveland and The Soul Man, and think “How quaint.”
TV Land has given a pilot order to Teachers, a comedy based on the popular web series of the same name. Community co-star Alison Brie is attached to executive produce the project, which revolves around six elementary school teachers who are trying to mold the minds and lives of America’s youth, but they don’t really seem to have their own lives together at all. From making their class help them stalk exes online to altering a grade because the art teacher is “kind of a b****,” these teachers are certainly changing the world, one student at a time. (Watch a sizzle reel for the web series below.) The stars of the web series — Caitlin Barlow, Katy Colloton, Cate Freedman, Kate Lambert, Katie O’Brien and Katie Thomas — aka The Katydids (their names are all variations of Katie) – are signed on to reprise their roles. “From the second this project came across my desk, I’ve been in love with it,” said TV Land president Larry W. Jones. “The tone of the show is unlike anything we’ve had on TV Land. I’m really excited about the idea of building this unexplored world, where teachers are the eccentric characters you always hoped they weren’t.”
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Here’s a case of Viacom siblings playing nice. When the third-season premiere of The Soul Man airs live March 26 on TV Land, sister channels BET and Centric will simulcast it. After that, Centric will run new episodes of the Hot In Cleveland spinoff on Saturdays, 10 days after they bow on TV Land. The live season opener is a first for Soul Man, which stars Cedric the Entertainer as an R&B superstar-turned-minister who relocates from Las Vegas to St. Louis with his wife. TV Land said in January that Soul Man and Hot In Cleveland will have their season premieres back-to-back. It will be the second consecutive live season bow for the sitcom starring Betty White, Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick and Jane Leeves.
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 Ellin’s upcoming movie, signing on to reprise her role as snappy uber-publicist Shauna. Younger, based on the novel by Pamela Redmond, follows 40-year-old Liza (Sutton Foster), a suddenly single mother who tries to get back into the working world only to find out it’s nearly impossible to start at the bottom at her age. When a chance encounter with a twentysomething guy at a bar convinces her she looks younger than she is, Liza tries to pass herself off as 26 – with the help of a makeover, courtesy of her best friend Maggie (Mazar). Armed with new confidence, she lands a job as an assistant to the temperamental Diana (Miriam Shor) and teams up with her new co-worker and fellow twentysomething Kelsey (Hilary Duff) to make it in the career of her dreams. Production has started on the project, with costume designer/stylist Patricia Field — who worked with Star on Sex And The City – on board as a costume consultant. Mazar is managed by Framework Entertainment.
TV Land has picked up original comedy series The Exes for a fourth season with a 12-episode order. The series’ third season, which wraps on Feb. 26, is averaging 1.3 million viewers. Season 4 will debut in the summer. Executive produced by creator Mark Reisman, Michael Hanel and Mindy Schulthei, The Exes revolves around three roommates and divorcés (Donald Faison, Wayne Knight, David Alan Basche) who have finally found bromance after initially being forced to live together by their divorce attorney and landlord, Holly (Kristen Johnston). Season 3 also has featured Leah Remini in a heavily recurring role. “From the moment we read the very first script for The Exes, we fell in love,” said TV Land President Larry W. Jones. “This series has a comedy ensemble that’s a force to be reckoned with, and it just keeps getting better and better.”
TV Land has handed a series order to Jennifer Falls, a single-camera comedy starring Jaime Pressly. The project originally was developed as multi-camera but was shot as a single-camera pilot and will now mark TV Land’s first single-camera series. Jennifer Falls centers on Jennifer Doyle (Pressly), a career woman and mother who must move back in with her own mom after being let go from her high-powered, six-figure-salary job. With her teenage daughter in tow, Jennifer has to face her new life and figure out the next steps to rebuild. Jennifer Falls is executive produced by creator Matthew Carlson, Michael Hanel and Mindy Schultheis.