TV Land has picked up Hot in Cleveland for a second season some 3 episodes into the breakout sitcom’s freshman run. The cable network has ordered 20 new episodes, which will begin production in the fall with a launch tentatively scheduled for January 2011. Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and Betty White will return as regulars on the show, created/showrun by Suzanne Martin and executive produced by Martin and Hazy Mills Prods.’ Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner. “We are so excited that Hot in Cleveland was embraced by viewers in such a big way,” said TV Land president Larry W. Jones. “We absolutely love the show and can’t wait to see what hilarious new experiences these characters will encounter in the next 20 episodes.”
Fueled by the enormous popularity of White, Hot in Cleveland, TV Land’ first original scripted series, drew 4.8 million viewers in its June 16 debut, making network history as TV Land’s highest-rated and most-watched telecast ever. The ratings have gone down since but the series is still a solid performer, delivering 4.7 million cume total viewers per episode so far. Additionally Hot in Cleveland was recently acquired by Endemol for global distribution. The show already successfully premiered in Canada on July 5. (That was kind of expected as Cleveland is a border town.) Hot in Cleveland revolves around three fabulous best friends from LA (Bertinelli, Leeves, Malick) who start a new life in Cleveland, renting a house that came with a feisty caretaker (White). The quartet recently made a video plea to NBA star LeBron James to stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers.