In one of the fastest runs to 100 episodes for a traditional cable series, TV Land‘s Hot In Cleveland has achieved the feat in less than three years. The network just announced a fifth-season renewal for the show with a supersized 24-episode order, which brings the series to a total of 104 episodes. Hot In Cleveland, TV Land’s first original sitcom, has been a flagship series for the network since its big launch in June 2010, putting TV Land on the original programming map. The pickup to cross the coveted-for-syndication 100-episode mark comes on the heels of the announcement in January that CBS TV Distribution has sold Hot in Cleveland to TV stations in 92% of the U.S. for a September 2014 launch — likely in anticipation that the sitcom will hit the milestone. The accelerated production may also have been tied to the fact that star Betty White is approaching her own 100 mark (She is 91), though she is showing no signs of slowing down.
While it has been declining in the ratings, Hot In Cleveland remains TV Land’s top series. Series to date, it has averaged 2.8 million total viewers (Live+7) and has spawned a spinoff, The Soul Man. New episodes return June 19. The fifth season will start shooting in the fall. Hot In Cleveland is executive produced by Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner and creator/showrunner Suzanne Martin. Lynda Obst also executive produces. The series has been sold in more than 190 countries.