When it comes to the production of old-fashioned, multicamera sitcoms, the folks at TV Land believe they’ve found their sweet spot. The Viacom-owned cable network has greenlit two new pilots and renewed freshman comedy Retired at 35 for a second season.
The two new pilots are Happily Divorced, from The Nanny’s Fran Drescher, and The Exes, a male-buddy comedy about three divorced men.
Happily Divorced stars Drescher as a Los Angeles florist who discovers her husband (Best in Show’s John Michael Higgins) is gay. The pilot was written by Drescher and Peter Marc Jacobson.
The Exes, is executive produced and written by Mark Reisman (Fraser) and stars Donald Faison (Scrubs), Wayne Knight (Seinfeld) and Kristen Johnson (3rd Rock From the Sun).
Retired at 35, which premiered Jan. 17, has averaged 1.6 million viewers and has drawn a .7 among adults 25-54. Written by Chris Case (Reba) and executive produced by Michael Hanel and Mindy Schultheis, the show’s season finale airs Wednesday, March 23, as does Hot in Cleveland’s second season finale.