TV Land Greenlights 3 Original Series
TV Land, which has been laughing all the way to the ratings bank, will look to continue the momentum with two more new comedies, including one with former "The Nanny" star Fran Drescher.
TV Land said the show "Happily Divorced" is based on Drescher's life. In it, she plays a Los Angeles florist who is back in the dating scene, after discovering her husband of 18 years, whom she still lives with, is gay.
Its original 10 episodes are scheduled to premiere June 15, along with the new season of "Hot in Cleveland," which will likely provide a strong lead-in.
Also coming, but not until next winter, is "The Exes" (working title), with Donald Faison ("Scrubs") and former "Seinfeld" standout Wayne Knight.
TV Land has quickly moved into the original comedy club, emboldened by the breakout success of "Hot in Cleveland." Season three of the series headlined by Betty White is set to have 24 episodes, as many as a network would order for a full season of a hit comedy.
By one measure, TV Land prime-time ratings in the adult 25-to-54 demo are up 27% this season. Total viewers are up 38%.
"Retired at 35," TV Land's second original sitcom after "Hot in Cleveland," has been renewed for a second season, also to come next winter.