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Cmt Cancels Sitcom 'Working Class'

11 April 2011 5:21 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Cmt's first foray into scripted TV proved short-lived. The music-driven cable network has canceled its first original sitcom, Working Class, after one season. "Unfortunately, Cmt will not be pursuing a second season of Working Class," a note posted today on the show's Facebook page read. "We’re sad to see it go, but you can still catch Melissa Peterman in new episodes of The Singing Bee." Working Class stars Peterman as a single mom trying to give her kids a better life by moving them to an upscale suburb. Ed Asner stars as the cranky, surly neighbor and co-worker. Word is the series, created by Jill Cargerman, is now being shopped to other networks, including TV Land. Working Class started off Ok, drawing 1.2 million viewers and a .50 rating in adults 18-49 in its January premiere, but slipped subsequently during its run, which concluded with the first-season finale April 1. »


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Cmt's 'Working Class' gives creator a chance to look through her mother's eyes

5 January 2011 3:53 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

The cast of Cmt's first scripted show, "Working Class," appeared at the Television Critics Association's Winter Press Tour and it was hard to focus on just one of them. 

Of course, we had "Mary Tyler Moore" star and seven-time Emmy winner Ed Asner, who knew how to work the room. Then, we had cute-as-a-button Melissa Peterman, who you'll remember from "Reba." We can go on about the handsome Patrick Fabian ("Gigantic") and Steve Kazee, but we have to acknowledge who really got our attention.

Executive producer, Jill Cargerman, created the sitcom based on her own experiences. "My mother moved us to [Chicago's] northern suburbs," she says. "Very much as Carli does in the show, to give us the advantages of the schools and the community and the community support that we hadn't -- that she hadn't had growing up."  

Cargerman admits that she resented her mother for the move at the »


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