At its upfront presentation today, TV Land has announced pilot pickups for two comedy projects, a remake of the 1996 feature The First Wives Club, executive produced by Sex and the City alumna Jenny Bicks; and a 1970s Kyle Richards project inspired by The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star’s real-life upbringing, executive produced by John Wells. Additionally, the network has renewed comedy Teachers for a super-sized 20-episode second season following a promising freshman run.
TV Land also is expanding its relationship with Younger creator Darren Star, signing him to an overall deal. The pact keeps him on board to develop another project while continuing as executive producer of Younger, which was recently renewed for a third season. Younger’s second season is coming off series highs this week with Adults 18-49, Adults 25-39 and total viewers (L+3), according to the network and Nielsen. Its season finale airs at 10 PM Wednesday, March 23.
The First Wives Club, penned by New Girl scribe Rebecca Adelman and executive produced by Bicks, and the untitled Kyle Richards, exec produced by Wells and John Riggi (30 Rock), join previously ordered pilot Nobodies, a single-camera comedy executive produced by Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone.
“Looking ahead, we’re developing shows that are funny but also embrace real dramatic moments,” said Keith Cox, said TV Land’s EVP, Development and Original Programming. “We’re fortunate to be working with such amazing collaborators as we continue to reinvent the network.”
The current series lineup at TV Land, which rebranded itself with edgier comedy fare, includes The Jim Gaffigan Show, which premieres its second season Wednesday, June 22, and Impastor, which premieres season two on Wednesday, July 13. New series Lopez, executive produced by George Lopez and Silicon Valley’s John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, premieres Wednesday, March 30.
Neither has come close to the ratings highs of multi-camera TV Land like Hot In Cleveland but the network’s brass have been patient with the the new creative direction.
TV Land series stars Molly Bernard (Younger), Hilary Duff (Younger), Jim Gaffigan (The Jim Gaffigan Show), Peter Hermann (Younger), George Lopez (Lopez), Debi Mazar (Younger), Miriam Shor (Younger) Nico Tortorella (Younger), and executive producers Alison Brie (Teachers) and Darren Star (Younger) were on hand for today’s event.
Here’s a look at TV Land’s 2016 pilots:
“THE FIRST WIVES CLUB”
Putting a fresh twist on Paramount’s iconic 1996 film, the pilot, to be written by Rebecca Addelman (“New Girl”) and executive produced by Jenny Bicks (“Sex and the City,” “The Big C”), will take place in modern day San Francisco. The story revolves around three women – friends and classmates in the 90s – who reconnect after their close friend from college dies in a freak accident. When they discover that they are all at a romantic crossroads, they band together to tackle divorce, relationships and life’s other annoying challenges. Paramount Television will produce for TV Land.
UNTITLED KYLE RICHARDS PILOT
The untitled pilot, set in the ‘70s, centers on Bonnie Nolan, a 40-year old woman with a beautiful home and two beautiful daughters to go with it. Finding herself alone after her marriage fails, Bonnie is an enigma of the times: a single woman with no means to support herself or her children. The project is inspired by actress-turned-reality star Richards’ real life upbringing, and her mother’s struggle to raise her family and claim her own brand of independence in a world not ready to give it. The pilot is produced by John Wells Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television for TV Land, and will be executive produced by John Wells (“Shameless,” “ER,” “The West Wing”) and John Riggi (“The Comeback,” “30 Rock,” “Will & Grace”), who wrote the pilot script. Richards will co-executive produce.
“NOBODIES” (previously ordered)
Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone executive produce this comedy following Groundlings alums Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras – who play themselves and will also serve as executive producers – as they try desperately to land one of their famous friends for a feature script that they have developed, so that they, too, can rise to fame in Hollywood. JAX Media’s Tony Hernandez will executive produce for TV Land.