Fans of Hot in Cleveland, rejoice: TV Land's first original sitcom has been greenlit for a second season. The network will start production of 20 new episodes in October, with a launch tentatively scheduled for January 2011.
Stars Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and Betty White will return as series regulars for all 20 episodes.
"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."
Hot in Cleveland airs Wednesdays at 10PM/9C and is TV Land's first foray into original scripted programming. The show debuted June 16 to critical acclaim and record-breaking ratings, becoming the highest-rated and most-watched show in all of cable that day among adults 18-49, adults 25-54, women 18-49, women 25-54 and total viewers according to the Nielsen Company. To date, the series is averaging a 2.1 rating among adults 25-54, a 2.7 among women 25-54, a 1.7 among adults 18-49 and a 2.1 among women 18-49. The show is delivering 4.7 million total viewers.
Following its domestic success, Endemol acquired Hot in Cleveland for global distribution. The show premiered in Canada on July 5 and quickly became the No. 1 ranked new import comedy of the year; its premiere broadcast delivered a whopping 1.82 in total viewers, the U.S. equivalent of 11.8 million viewers. Endemol will launch the series in October at MIPCOM 2010.
Filmed in front of a live studio audience — that uproarious laughter you hear is all real — Hot in Cleveland is executive produced by Emmy Award winner Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner of Hazy Mills Productions and is helmed by Emmy Award-winning Suzanne Martin (Frasier, Ellen) who serves as executive producer, show runner and writer.
Hot in Cleveland revolves around three fabulous best friends from L.A. — novelist Melanie Moretti (Bertinelli), eyebrow archer to the stars Joy Scroggs (Leeves) and former soap star Victoria Chase (Malick) — who find their lives changed forever when their plane, headed for Paris, makes an unexpected landing. When the friends discover that they are hot in Cleveland, they decide to stay. Starting over, they rent a house that happens to come with a very feisty caretaker (White).