If you’ve been enjoying TV Land’s first original sitcom, you’ll be happy to know that there’s a lot more to come. Hot in Cleveland has been renewed for a second season of 20 episodes, double the size of season one.
Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and Betty White will all return as series regulars. Season two episodes are expected to debut in January 2011.
Here’s the official press release from TV Land…
TV LAND PICKS UP ITS SIZZLING SERIES “HOT IN CLEVELAND” FOR 20 NEW EPISODES
Second Season To Start Production In October 2010
Series Premiere Was The Most Watched Sitcom Telecast In The History Of Cable
Los Angeles, CA, July 7, 2010 — TV Land announced today the second season pick-up of its hit original scripted sitcom, “Hot in Cleveland.” The network will start production of 20 new episodes in October 2010 with a launch tentatively scheduled for January 2011. Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and Betty White will return as series regulars for all 20 episodes.
“We are so excited that ‘Hot in Cleveland’ was embraced by viewers in such a big way,” said Larry W. Jones, president, TV Land. “We absolutely love the show and can’t wait to see what hilarious new experiences these characters will encounter in the next 20 episodes.”
“Hot in Cleveland” airs on Wednesday nights at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT) and is the network’s first foray into original scripted programming. The show debuted June 16 to critical acclaim and record-breaking ratings. The series premiere was the highest-rated and most-watched show in all of cable that day among Adults 18-49, Adults 25-54, Women 18-49, Women 25-54 and Total Viewers according to The Nielsen Company. To date, the series is averaging a 2.1 rating among Adults 25-54, a 2.7 among Women 25-54, a 1.7 among Adults 18-49 and a 2.1 among Women 18-49. The show is delivering 4.7 million total viewers.
Following the domestic success, Endemol has acquired “Hot in Cleveland” for global distribution. The show premiered in Canada on July 5, 2010 and quickly became the #1 ranked new import comedy of the year. The premiere telecast delivered a whopping 1.82 million total viewers, which is the U.S. delivery equivalent of 11.8 million viewers. Endemol will launch the series at MIPCOM 2010.
Filmed in front of a live studio audience, “Hot in Cleveland” is executive produced by Emmy Award-winner Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner of Hazy Mills Productions and is helmed by Emmy Award-winning Suzanne Martin (“Frasier,” “Ellen”) serving as executive producer, show runner and writer.
“Hot in Cleveland” revolves around three fabulous best friends from LA – novelist Melanie Moretti (Valerie Bertinelli), eye-brow archer to the stars Joy Scroggs (Jane Leeves) and former soap star Victoria Chase (Wendie Malick) – who find their lives changed forever when their plane, headed for Paris, makes an unexpected landing. When the friends discover that they are hot in Cleveland, they decide to stay. Starting over, they rent a house that happens to come with a very feisty caretaker (Betty White).
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