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TV Land’s ‘The Soul Man’ Renewed For Third Season

By | Wednesday December 4, 2013 @ 12:33pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

The Soul ManEXCLUSIVE: TV Land‘s The Soul Man will return for a third season. The network has given the 8-episode order more than three months after Season 2 of the show, starring Cedric “The Entertainer,” Niecy Nash and Wesley Jonathan, ended its run. Comedy veteran Ric Swartzlander (Cougar Town), who quietly joined the show at the beginning of Season 2, will be back as showrunner.

Like with the second season pickup, I hear a key renewal factor was the show’s strong showing among Black viewers. Over the first two seasons, The Soul Man averaged a potent 3.7 rating among African-American Women 25-54 and a 3.0 rating with African-American Adults 25-54. Season 2 of the series posted gains of +103% among A25-54 and +111% among W25-54 (L+7) versus channel prime average. “We’re so proud to have this show in our portfolio of sitcoms,” said TV Land president Larry W. Jones. “Fans of The Soul Man’ are the drivers behind the success of the series. Because of their passion, we are able to continuously bring new viewers to the channel.” The Soul Man, from Hazy Mills Prods., follows R&B superstar-turned-minister Reverend Boyce “The Voice” Ballentine (Cedric) after he relocated from Las Vegas to St. Louis with his wife Lolli (Nash). While learning to adjust to their new humble life, Boyce has to deal with his brother Stamps (Jonathan), who seems to have taken up permanent residence in their house – … Read More »

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Leah Remini Joins TV Land’s ‘The Exes’ As Recurring

By | Wednesday November 20, 2013 @ 2:28pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

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. Read More »

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Darren Star’s Comedy ‘Younger’ Gets Cast-Contingent Pilot Order At TV Land

By | Monday October 21, 2013 @ 10:37am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: TV Land has given a cast-contingent pilot order to Younger, a single-camera comedy written and executive produced by Sex And the City creator Darren Star. The project has been a top priority for the network, which put it on fast-track development only two months ago. Based on the novel by Pamela Redmond Satran, Younger centers on a suddenly-single New Jersey housewife and mother in her early 40s who, unable to restart her career, decides to lie about her age and successfully passes herself off as a twentysomething. Armed with a makeover and new resume, she wins a coveted position at the city’s hottest publishing company. Pretending to be “younger” doesn’t hurt in the bar scene, either, as guys line up like never before. Younger expands TV Land’s push in the single-camera format. The network’s other pilot, Jennifer Falls starring Jaime Pressly, originally developed as a multi-cam, also is being made as a single-cam. UTA-repped Star currently is directing/executive producing the hourlong Lifetime pilot HR starring Alicia Silverstone.

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TV Land Fast-Tracks Workplace Comedy From Jon Sherman & Electus

By | Monday October 7, 2013 @ 11:53am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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. Read More »

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TV Land’s ‘Happily Divorced’ Cancelled

By | Friday August 23, 2013 @ 5:43pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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.

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John Travolta To Reunite With Kirstie Alley On Her New TV Land Sitcom

By | Tuesday July 23, 2013 @ 3:11pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

In a rare TV appearance, John Travolta is set to guest star on TV Land’s new original sitcom Kirstie, reuniting with his Look Who’s Talking co-star Kirstie Alley. Set to shoot early next month, Travolta will play a stagehand on Maddie’s (Alley) Broadway show. After a one-night stand together, Maddie is surprised to find that her fling refuses to be flung. Kirstie, which debuts Dec. 4, centers around Broadway star Madison Banks (Alley) whose life turns upside down when Arlo (Eric Petersen), the son she gave up at birth, suddenly appears, hoping to connect after his adoptive parents have died. Rhea Perlman stars as Maddie’s assistant and best friend alongside Michael Richards as Maddie’s outlandish driver. “I’m excited about working with Kirstie again, in addition to such terrific talent on the show,” Travolta said. “It’s always a treat to be surrounded by people you respect so much both personally and professionally.”

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TV Land Orders 10 More Episodes Of ‘The Exes’ Season 3

By | Thursday July 18, 2013 @ 8:44pm PDT

The same day its third-year sitcom scored its first Emmy nom — OK, it was for Outstanding Cinematography for Multi-camera Series — TV Land has called for more. The cable net has order 10 additional episodes of The Exes as part of the current third season, which is pacing 9% above last season’s average in the 25-54 demo. Created by Frasier alum Mark Reisman, the series stars Donald Faison, Wayne Knight, David Alan Basche, Kelly Stables and Kristen Johnston. TV Land made a similar back-10 order on The Exes in November.

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TV Land’s ‘Kirstie’s New Show’ Adds Xosha Roquemore To Cast

By | Monday March 25, 2013 @ 11:40am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: TV Land‘s new comedy series Kirstie’s New Show starring Kirstie Alley is bringing back Xosha Roquemore in a heavily recurring role. Roquemore, who was a guest star in the pilot, will reprise her role as Tanya, Alley’s chef in six out of the first season’s 12 episodes. Tanya will assume the responsibilities of the character played in the pilot by Gilles Marini in a guest-starring turn. The series revolves around Madison “Maddie” Banks (Alley), a Broadway star who finds her life turned upside down her long-lost son turns up looking to connect after his adopted mother dies. Alley, Michael Richards, Rhea Perlman and Eric Petersen star. The show begins production in the summer for fall premiere.

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TV Land’s ‘Hot In Cleveland’ Renewed For Fifth Season

By | Wednesday March 20, 2013 @ 3:36pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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. Read More »

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TV Land Slots Ashton Kutcher’s Reality Series ‘Forever Young’

By | Friday February 22, 2013 @ 10:59am PST
Nellie Andreeva

In one of the longest journeys to the schedule, TV Land today announced that Forever Young, its half-hour unscripted series from Ashton Kutcher‘s production company, will premiere on April 3 with back-to-back episodes. That is almost three years after the network picked up the series with a six-episode order in 2010. Produced by Kutcher and Jason Goldberg’s Katalyst and Eyeworks USA, headed by JD Roth and Todd A. Nelson, Forever Young chronicles what happens when five “juniors” under the age of 30 and five “seniors” over age 70 live together in the same house.

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TV Land Picks Up Kirstie Alley’s Pilot To Series

By | Friday February 15, 2013 @ 10:43am PST
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: CheersKirstie Alley and Rhea Perlman and Seinfeld‘s Michael Richards are officially returning to primetime. TV Land has given a 12-episode series order to Alley’s multi-camera comedy, which was titled Giant Baby at the pilot stage. It is now being renamed Kirstie’s New Show and will premiere in the fall. Created by Marco Pennette, it 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. Perlman plays Maddie’s assistant and best friend; Richards plays Maddie’s outlandish driver. “This cast is a TV Land dream team of stars,” said TV Land President Larry W. Jones. “Seeing them all together is truly mind-blowing.” Gilles Marini guest starred in the pilot as Maddie’s chef. It is unclear if he will continue on the show as recurring. Of TV Land’s two other pilots, the multi-camera Brothers-in-Law is dead, while I’m Not Dead Yet is living up to its title and is still in contention. Kirstie’s New Show, which ends a two-year quest by TV Land to get a show with the sitcom star on the air, is executive produced by Pennette, Alley and her manager Jason Weinberg. Alley announced the pickup in a YouTube video:

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‘Retired At 35′ Cancelled After Two Seasons

By | Thursday December 13, 2012 @ 10:37pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

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. Read More »

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‘Seinfeld’s Michael Richards To Co-Star In TV Land’s Kirstie Alley Pilot, Gilles Marini To Guest

By | Tuesday December 4, 2012 @ 11:21am PST
Nellie Andreeva

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. Read More »

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UPDATE: TV Land’s ‘Soul Man’ Close To Season 2 Renewal

By | Thursday November 15, 2012 @ 11:51am PST
Nellie Andreeva

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! Read More »

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TV Land’s ‘The Exes’ Gets Order For 10 More Episodes

By | Tuesday November 13, 2012 @ 4:45pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: The second season of TV Land’s sophomore comedy The Exes is getting supersized. The network has ordered 10 more episodes from the ensemble comedy, bringing its second-season order to 22 episodes. The Exes, created by Frasier alum Mark Reisman, stars Donald Faison, Wayne Knight, David Alan Basche, Kelly Stables and Kristen Johnston. It premiered late last fall with a 10-episode original run and was renewed for a second season in February. The first portion of Season 2, which wrapped in September, averaged 1.2 million viewers in Live+7.

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Eric Petersen Lands Co-Lead Opposite Kirstie Alley In TV Land Pilot ‘Giant Baby’

By | Tuesday November 6, 2012 @ 11:31am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Theater actor Eric Petersen is set to co-star opposite Kirstie Alley in the TV Land pilot Giant Baby. Created by Marco Pennette, the project revolves around Madison “Maddie” Banks (Alley), a Broadway star who finds her life turned upside down when Arlo (Petersen), her long-lost son, turns up looking to connect after his adopted mother has died. In addition to Alley, Petersen, repped by Bauman Redanty & Shaul, joins Rhea Perlman in the pilot. He played the title role in the national tour of Shrek The Musical and currently co-stars on Broadway in Peter And The Star Catcher.

Related: ‘Cheers’ Reunion: Rhea Perlman To Co-Star In Kirstie Alley’s ‘Giant Baby’

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‘Cheers’ Reunion – Rhea Perlman To Co-Star In Kirstie Alley’s TV Land Comedy Pilot

By | Thursday October 25, 2012 @ 10:42am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Cheers was once a staple on TV Land. Now the cable network, which has shifted its focus from classic sitcom reruns to original comedy series, is reuniting two of the stars of iconic the NBC series. Rhea Perlman is set to co-star opposite Kirstie Alley in the TV Land pilot Giant Baby. Created by Marco Pennette, the project revolves around Madison “Maddie” Banks (Alley), a Broadway star who finds her life turned upside down when Arlo, her long-lost son, turns up looking to connect after his adopted mother has died. Perlman will play Thelma, Maddie’s long-suffering assistant and best friend, who encourages her boss to form a relationship with her son. “We’ve hit the jackpot getting Kirstie and Rhea back together,” said Keith Cox, TV Land’s EVP Development and Original Programming. “It’s a dream to work with such talented comedic actors like these ladies and create a show for them that’s funny and has interesting characters — Giant Baby hits all of those notes.” Read More »

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TV Land Orders Comedy Presentation From Marco Pennette Starring Kirstie Alley

By | Thursday September 27, 2012 @ 12:55pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

TV Land has given a cast-contingent presentation order to Giant Baby, a multi-camera comedy written by Marco Pennette starring Cheers alumna Kirstie Alley. The project centers on Madison “Maddie” Banks (Alley), a Broadway star who finds her life turned upside down when Owen, the son she gave up for adoption 26 years ago, turns up looking to connect after his adopted mother dies. “We’ve had our eye on Kirstie Alley for a long time, and we finally got her!” said TV Land president Larry W. Jones.

TV Land brass took a look at Pennette’s ABC pilot The Manzanis after the network passed on it in May. The multi-camera comedy also starred Alley, as well as her former Cheers co-star Rhea Perlman. Ultimately, TV Land opted to develop a new project with Pennette and Alley. It resulted in Giant Baby, which the two executive produce with Alley’s manager Jason Weinberg. Read More »

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Jay Mohr, Ellen Woglom And Ben Falcone To Star In TV Land Comedy Pilots

By | Wednesday August 8, 2012 @ 12:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Jay Mohr and Ellen Woglom (Outlaw, Californication) have joined Josh Cooke as co-leads in TV Land’s multi-camera comedy pilot Brothers-In-Law, while Ben Falcone is set as the lead of TV Land’s other comedy pilot, the single-camera I’m Not Dead.

Written and executive produced by comedy veterans Bill Martin and Mike Schiff (3rd Rock From The Sun), who will serve as showrunners, Brothers-In-Law revolves around the family dynamic between a husband (Cooke) and the eccentric new boyfriend (Mohr) of his wife’s fraternal twin sister (Woglom), who have nothing in common but the sisters constantly force them to bond. Scott Stuber is executive producing the pilot, with Quan Phung producing. Actor-comedian Mohr, managed by Barry Katz, recently recurred on ABC’s Suburgatory. Woglom is with Paradigm and Sanders.Armstrong.Caserta.

I’m Not Dead Yet, from Ben Silverman’s Electus, marks TV Land’s first single-camera pilot. Written by Jon Sherman (Frasier) based on an Israeli format, it is about a man (Falcone) who finds out that he has a rare heart condition that could cause him to die at any moment and  decides to finally start speaking his mind and live life to the fullest. Silverman is executive producing, with Electus’ Jimmy Fox co-executive producing. This past season, actor-writer Falcone starred and co-wrote a comedy pilot for CBS, which he co-produced alongside his wife, actress … Read More »

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