Fran Drescher's 'Happily Divorced' renewed for second season
Fran Drescher's new TV Land series "Happily Divorced" was picked up for a second season, the network announced in a press release obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com on Wednesday.
The network ordered another 12 episodes of the comedy, which is tentatively scheduled to premiere in the spring 2012 season. Drescher, who is best known for her role in the 1990s comedy series "The Nanny," also announced the news excitedly to fans on her Facebook page (watch the video below).
The show, which premiered on June 15, has averaged over 2.2 million total viewers, according to the press release.
"We are thrilled that our viewers have embraced 'Happily Divorced' just like they did with 'Hot in Cleveland,'" TV Land president Larry W. Jones said in a statement. "It's fantastic that we get to keep working with Fran, this amazing cast and all of the talented writers on another season."
In the series, the 53-year-old actress plays a Los Angeles florist named Fran who is forced back into the dating pool after learning her husband of 18 years, Peter (John Michael Higgins), is gay. Since neither of them can afford to move out of their home, they're stuck living together which makes moving on with her new man Elliot (guest star D.W. Moffett) difficult.
The show also stars Tichina Arnold as Fran's best friend and Rita Moreno and Robert Walden as her parents. Check out photos from the pilot.
The storyline for the show was inspired by Drescher's real-life marriage of 21 years to Peter Marc Jacobson, who came out of the closet after their divorce in 1999. Jacobson and Drescher co-created the series and also worked together on "The Nanny" and "Living With Fran."
Initially, Drescher planned to only write and produce the "Happily Divorced," but she eventually decided to star in the series as well. TV Land ordered 10 episodes of the series in March. Like early episodes of "The Nanny," the show was taped before a live studio audience.
After "The Nanny" ended in 1999, the actress starred in shows such as "Living with Fran," "What I Like About You" and "Entourage." Charles Shaughnessy, who played her boss Maxwell Sheffield on "The Nanny," also starred in "Living With Fran." He also appeared in shows like "Mad Men" and "Days of Our Lives" and voices Land Rover commercials. Drescher posted a recent photo of herself with Shaughnessy on her Twitter page on July 20 (see below), with the cryptic message, "look who I get to play with all week, " perhaps insinuating that the actor would appear on her new series.
Drescher has worked to support homosexual rights since her ex-husband came out. She has also been a healthcare advocate and was appointed Public Diplomacy Envoy for Women's Health Issues by the U.S. State Department in 2008.
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