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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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CBS Television Distribution Sells ‘Hot In Cleveland’ To Stations Covering 65% of U.S.

In anticipation of a 2014 syndication launch, CBS Television Distribution announced today that it has sold Hot In Cleveland to stations in more than 65% of the country. The TV Land series, which CTD … Read More »

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Andy Griffith Blocks On TV Land & TCM

Andy Griffith Face In The CrowdUPDATE: TV Land just announced that it has scheduled marathon programming blocks of The Andy Griffith Show from 8 AM-1 PM tomorrow and from 11 AM-8 PM on Saturday and Sunday. The … Read More »

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Shirley MacLaine Honored With 40th AFI Life Achievement Award

By | Friday June 8, 2012 @ 4:01am PDT
Pete Hammond

“Welcome to the longest night of Warren Beatty’s life,” said Sony honcho and AFI  Board of Trustees Chair Howard Stringer as he opened the evening for the 40th Annual AFI Life Achievement Award to Shirley MacLaine last night at Sony … Read More »

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TV Land Orders Comedy Pilots Produced By Ben Silverman And Scott Stuber

By | Thursday May 24, 2012 @ 9:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: TV Land has given cast-contingent orders to two new comedy pilots, the single-camera I’m Not Dead Yet from Ben Silverman’s Electus and the multi-camera Brothers-In-Law, executive produced by Scott Stuber. I’m Not Dead, based on the DBS-produced Israeli format Zanzuri, marks TV Land’s first single-camera pilot. Written by Jon Sherman (Frasier), it is about a man 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.

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 and the eccentric fiancé of his wife’s twin sister, who have nothing in common but the sisters constantly force them to bond. Stuber is executive producing, with his development executive Quan Phung producing. “With these pilot orders, TV Land continues down a path to build its own library of original sitcoms that will be paired up with some of the best sitcoms ever made,” said TV Land president Larry W. Jones. “This year, we are expanding beyond the multi-camera format — which has been so successful for us — to include one single-camera project.” Read More »

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TV Land Unveils New Logo, Opens Second Night Of Original Comedy Series

By | Wednesday May 9, 2012 @ 8:20am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

TV Land New LogoFor the first time since the launch of the network 16 years ago, TV Land is changing its look with the introduction of a new logo. Additionally, the network is adding a second night of original … Read More »

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It’s Official: TV Land Gives Comedy Series ‘Happily Divorced’ Back 12 Order

By | Tuesday May 1, 2012 @ 3:38pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

PREVIOUS: TV Land Orders 12 More Episodes Of Fran Drescher Sitcom ‘Happily Divorced’

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.

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TV Land Orders 12 More Episodes Of Fran Drescher Sitcom ‘Happily Divorced’

By | Thursday April 26, 2012 @ 6:58pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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. … Read More »

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Rose Catherine Pinkney Joins TV Land As VP Development

By | Monday March 19, 2012 @ 9:38am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Rose Catherine Pinkney TV LandEXCLUSIVE: TV Land has hired Rose Catherine Pinkney as VP Development and Original Programming. Based in Los Angeles, she will oversee TV Land’s existing original series and the development of new ones, working alongside VP … Read More »

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