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CMT Cancels Sitcom ‘Working Class’

Nellie Andreeva

CMT’s first foray into scripted TV proved short-lived. The music-driven cable network has canceled its first original sitcom, Working Class, after one season. “Unfortunately, CMT will not be pursuing a second season of Working Class,” a note posted today on the show’s Facebook page read. “We’re sad to see it go, but you can still catch Melissa Peterman in new episodes of The Singing Bee.” Working Class stars Peterman as a single mom trying to give her kids a better life by moving them to an upscale suburb. Ed Asner stars as the cranky, surly neighbor and co-worker. Word is the series, created by Jill Cargerman, is now being shopped to other networks, including TV Land. Working Class started off OK, drawing 1.2 million viewers and a .50 rating in adults 18-49 in its January premiere, but slipped subsequently during its run, which concluded with the first-season finale April 1.

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CABLE RATINGS: Solid Debut For ‘Working Class’, ‘Jerseylicious’ Sets Record

Nellie Andreeva

CMT’s new sitcom, the Melissa Peterman/Ed Asner starrer Working Class, drew 1.2 million viewers and a .50 rating in adults 18-49 in its Friday premiere to rank as the highest rated and most watched series debut in the network’s history. Of course, Working Class is CMT’s first scripted series, so that means it outperformed all of the network’s reality series debuts. Working Class didn’t come close to the blockbuster summer premiere of TV Land’s first original sitcom, Hot In Cleveland (4.8 million), but  is nevertheless off to a solid start, especially given its 8 PM timeslot and the lack of sitcom tradition on CMT.

Meanwhile, the second season finale of Style Network’s reality series Jerseylicious averaged 925,000 viewers, a series high and the most watched telecast in the network’s history.

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CMT Renews ‘Singing Bee’ For Season 3; Co-Creator Phil Gurin Signs With CAA

By | Sunday November 21, 2010 @ 3:11pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

CMT has picked up one of its highest-rated series, The Singing Bee, for a third season. The karaoke singing competition, from Juma Entertainment and the Gurin Co., is hosted by Melissa Peterman, who also toplines the network’s first scripted sitcom, Working Class, slated to premiere on Jan. 28. Singing Bee creator Gurin, who executive produces the series with Bob Horowitz, has signed with CAA. He was most recently at Octagon with John Ferriter who previously repped him at WMA. Gurin is also creator/executive producer of CMT’s Your Chance to Dance and has served as an executive producer on the Miss Universe and Miss USA shows on NBC for the past 8 years. His business manager is Alan Goldman.

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