UPDATE: TV Land just officially announced the series pickups of Fran Drescher’s Happily Divorced; Mark Reisman’s project, now called The Exes; and the second-season renewal of Retired at 35. As expected, the orders for Happily Divorced and The Exes are for 10 episodes each. Happily Divorced will premiere June 15, paired with Hot In Cleveland, while The Exes will launch next winter alongside the second season of Retired at 35.
PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE: It looks like that for a second consecutive time, TV Land will pick up two new comedy series. As the network is finalizing the series order to the Fran Drescher sitcom Happily Divorced, I hear the cable network is also closing in on a series pickup for the untitled Mark Reisman project (aka Ex Men). Both shows are expected to receive 10-episode orders. The Reisman comedy revolves around three divorced guys (David Alan Basche, Donald Faison, Wayne Knight) who live in an apartment building where their landlord is their sexy female divorce attorney (Kristen Johnston).
Fifteen months ago, TV Land ordered its first two scripted pilots, sitcoms Hot In Cleveland and Retired at 35, both of which went to series. Hot In Cleveland has already been renewed for a third season, with a second-season pickup for Retired at 35 also likely. Last fall, TV Land greenlighted three pilots, Happily Divorced, the Mark Reisman project as well a sitcom from comedy writer Terri Minsky. Word is the last one may not be going forward.
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