TV Land Jumps Into Scripted Series Arena


TV Land will add scripted comedy series to its lineup of original reality series and M*A*S*H reruns as the network orders pilots for two original sitcoms.
The two series, Hot in Cleveland and Retired at 35 are being developed for the network's primetime programming block TV Land Prime, according to Larry Jones, president of TV Land, which targets viewers over 40.
Hot in Cleveland, written by Suzanne Martin (Frasier, Ellen) and produced by Sean Hayes (Will & Grace) revolves around three eccentric Los Angeles womenm whose lives change when their plane unexpectedly lands in Cleveland. Retired at 35, written by Chris Case (Reba, Spin City) and produced by Michael Hanel and Mindy Schultheis (Rita Rocks), explores the live of a successful New York City businessman who decides to leave the city and move into his parents' Florida retirement home.
"TV Land is thrilled to work with some of the most talented writers and producers in the business to create funny, relatable sitcoms for our viewers," said Jones in a statement. "TV Land's programming line-up features some of the most popular comedies on television, making TV Land Prime the perfect environment to premiere original sitcoms. Our audience truly loves this genre and we can't wait to give them more."