UPDATED: Better late than ever — six months after USA Networks’ Playing House ended its 10-episode first season, the well received but low rated comedy series has been renewed for a second season with an eight-episode order. The news comes on the heels of USA announcing a pullout from original scripted comedy, with executing series Playing House, Benched and Sirens as the only remaining representatives of the genre. The move called into question the network’s commitment to Playing House, which had soft ratings on the network but did OK on demand. That has helped the Universal Cable Prods.-produced series get renewed though a new windowing model where new episodes will premiere first on video-on-demand platforms, such as Xfinity and USA Now, and TV Everywhere before airing on the linear USA channel a week later.
Playing House, executive produced by, written by and starring Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham, will return in the second half of 2015. Also exec producing are Ravi Nandan of A24 Films and Scot Armstrong of American Work. Universal Cable Productions is the studio.