TV Land is on a mudder focking roll with the success of Hot In Cleveland and Retired at 35 and now they are hoping to entice viewers with a few more sitcoms. The network has signed some familiar faces and names to star in three upcoming pilots.
We’ve got the deets below!
According to TV Land, Fran Drescher (“The Nanny”), Tichina Arnold (“Everybody Hates Chris”), John Michael Higgins (“Best in Show,” “Kath & Kim”), D.W. Moffett (“Friday Night Lights”), Rita Moreno (“West Side Story”), Valente Rodriguez (“George Lopez”) and Robert Walden (“All The President’s Men”) will star in “Happily Divorced” based on Drescher’s life; Donald Faison (“Scrubs”), Wayne Knight (“Seinfeld,” ”Hot in Cleveland”), David Alan Basche (“The Starter Wife”) and Kristen Johnston (“3rd Rock From The Sun”) will headline an untitled Mark Reisman sitcom; and Christine Taylor (“Zoolander,” “Arrested Development”), Barry Watson (“Samantha Who?,” “7th Heaven”) and Sherri Shepherd (“The View,” “30 Rock”) will star in a comedy pilot by Terri Minsky tentatively titled “Rip City.” Anne Meara (“The King of Queens”) will guest star in Minsky’s show. All three pilots, which were previously announced in January, will be multi-camera and will tape in front of live audiences in February.
President of TV Land, Larry W. Jones announced, “TV Land is very dedicated to finding the next great sitcom for viewers in their 40s. With the successes of ‘Hot in Cleveland’ and ‘Retired at 35,’ we feel that we are really honing in on what our audience craves – sitcoms with a classic feel with funny, relatable and contemporary story lines.”
What sounds most interesting to me is Happily Divorced which is said to be based on Fran Drescher’s real life. Remember how Drescher discovered her husband was gay? Well, this show will center around how Drescher deals with dating after finding out her husband is gay. In addition, the show focuses on how she juggles her relationship with her current boyfriend and ex-husband post-divorce. Rita Moreno and Robert Walden will play the main character’s parents, and Tichina Arnold will play the main character’s best friend. John Michael Higgins, D.W. Moffett and Valente Rodriguez have also signed on for the pilot.
Sounds effing brilliant!