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Retired at 35: TV Land Sitcom Cancelled; No Season Three

rETIRED AT 35 CANCELEDTV Land has cancelled Retired at 35 after two seasons. It’s their first original sitcom to get the axe.

Retired at 35 revolves around a successful New York businessman named David (Johnathan McClain) who visits his father (George Segal) and mother (Jessica Walter) in a retirement community in Florida. While there, he quits his job and starts to re-evaluate his life. He also learns that his parents are separating and each exploring new ways of life. Others in the cast include Josh McDermitt, Ryan Michelle Bathe, and Marissa Jaret Winokur.

The sitcom’s pilot was produced at about the same time as Hot in Cleveland’s. But, while Cleveland went on to become a big hit for TV Land, Retired at 35 did not.

The first season debuted on January 19th of 2011 to a bit more than two million viewers but lost 26% of that audience by episode two. The first 10 episodes ended up averaging 1.36 million viewers with a 0.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic. TV Land renewed the show for season two with another 10 installments.

Some changes were made to the series (reintroducing David’s sister, Amy) in hopes that the ratings would improve. They didn’t. Season two ended up averaging 640,000 weekly viewers with a 0.2 rating in the demo.

While the cable channel has picked up its other original sitcoms — like Happily Divorced, The Soul Man, and The Exes — for additional seasons and episodes, TV Land has opted to drop Retired at 35.

The last episode aired on August 29th and is titled “My Best Friend’s Wedding.” It revolves Amy discovering that Brandon’s marriage proposal came as a result of his not wanting to be deported and that Jared is in love with her.

What do you think? Are you sorry to hear that Retired at 35 has been cancelled? Why do you think the sitcom didn’t catch on?

 

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Angela March 4, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Very sorry to hear this, have been waiting for season 3 too bad
It was a very good show made me laugh always! Great actors and actresses, too bad
they don’t get it!!!!!

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arrow February 20, 2013 at 8:28 pm

The problem with the sitcom was that is never caught on. Jessica Walter’s part was written as shrewish, and the friend of Jonathan who then fell in love with Jonathan’s sister not that interesting. Whatever the producers and directors wanted it to be , it wasn”t, and the second series wasn’t even as good as the first. Happily Divorced, even though the story line isn’t great, has superb dialogue, wonderful photography, and quite a few fabulous performers, starting with the incredible Fran Drescher and Rita Moreno,

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Jennifer February 15, 2013 at 8:43 pm

I think the time slot for this series was why it didn’t catch on. I am 46 and loved it. I DVR’d it. My 82-year-old mother liked it but has no DVR and wouldn’t stay up for it. I wonder how many people didn’t know when it was on to watch it?

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ND Mitchell December 17, 2012 at 9:14 am

Johnathan McClain is such a good actor…hate to see him and the series end especially on TV Land.

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