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Fans of USA Network’s sitcom Playing House, and/or of creators Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair can rest easy, as Deadline is reporting that the channel has renewed the show for an 8-episode second season, following six months of speculation about the show’s fate after its first season finale.
This news is particularly heartening, as the show had appeared set for cancellation following USA’s announcement that it would be moving away from half-hour comedies and focus on hour-long dramas going forward. Playing House joins Benched and Sirens as the only three representatives of the genre on the channel.
The show’s seemingly poor ratings were a source of concern for USA. However, the series’ strength lay in its popularity on On-Demand outlets, which will lead to a unique distribution model. When the series returns, it will be premiering on VOD platforms Xfinity, TV Everywhere, and USA »
- Deepayan Sengupta
USA Network has renewed their Playing House sitcom for a second season of eight episodes. The renewal comes as a bit of a surprise since the cable channel is reportedly moving away from producing their own comedy series. There were 10 installments in the first season.
Playing House revolves around childhood best friends Maggie Caruso (Lennon Parham) and Emma Crawford (Jessica St. Clair). The pair shared many adventures growing up together and as adults they work together to raise Maggie's baby. The rest of the cast includes Keegan-Michael Key, Zach Woods, Brad Morris, and Jane Kaczmarek.
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The way we watch TV is changing far more quickly than the way that TV is made. I get asked all the time how much networks take into account streaming viewership, On Demand viewing, iTunes download, delayed DVR viewing, etc., when they have to make decisions on what shows to renew or cancel. For the most part, though, judgments are still made on the old metrics — because those are the primary ways the networks still make money — but every now and then you'll see an exception. Once upon a time, NBC stuck with the modestly-rated "The Office" because the network was intrigued by how well the show was doing in the new world of iTunes downloads, and a few years later, "Chuck" survived in large part through product integration deals. Now we have a really interesting case study for the tail wagging the dog with USA's much-delayed renewal of "Playing House. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Playing House fans, USA Network has finally given you us an answer on the fate of the series, and it’s a good one. According to The Wall Street Journal, USA has decided to renew the comedy, created by and starring Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham for a second season. “We are over the moon to be back in action for another season of Playing House on USA! We owe a huge thanks to the network and Universal Cable Productions for their support and we are excited about our new opportunities with on-demand,” St. Clair and Parham said in a joint statement. “But we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for our die-hard fans and their overwhelming love for our show. Every tweet, article, drawing, Facebook post made this next season a reality (especially the pics of tiny hedgehogs and babies dressed up as Bosephus!) The ladies are back! »
- Chris King
USA said that episodes of “Playing House” would be available via cable VOD and authenticated on-demand platforms before they air on USA’s linear network. NBCUniversal ad sales chief Linda Yaccarino said the network would experiment with premium ad placements spread across those services to harness the small but passionate fan base for the femme buddy comedy written by and starring Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham.
“Playing House” had a modestly-rated run of 10 episodes this past spring. USA’s decision to renew “Playing House” is a sign that networks are trying to find ways to capitalize on shows that generate outsize traction in social media. St. Clair and Parham have developed a following among alternative comedy fans for their past TV and improv efforts. But »
- Cynthia Littleton
Your best TV friends are coming back! USA Network has renewed Playing House, created by and starring Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham for a second season. Bosephus and Jandana forever! "We are over the moon to be back in action for another season of Playing House on USA! We owe a huge thanks to the network and Universal Cable Productions for their support and we are excited about our new opportunities with on-demand," St. Clair and Parham said in a joint statement. "But we wouldn't be here if it weren't for our die-hard fans and their overwhelming love for our show. Every tweet, article, drawing, Facebook post made this next season a reality (especially the pics of tiny hedgehogs and babies »
Round up Bosephus and get the raccoons out of your shed, Jammers! The beloved USA comedy Playing House has been renewed for a second season. The show's female duo Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair took to social media on Tuesday, Dec. 9, to announce the news in a quirky video. Read the exclusive interview with Lennon and Jess! The pair have been anxiously awaiting the fate of their passion project in the six months since the first season finale aired. Though the 30-minute program about two best [...] »
Playing House‘s terrific two-part season finale aired on June 17th on USA, and since then… crickets. No noise of cancellation, no excited tweets from Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair announcing a renewal… not even a mention from USA in June when they announced a renewal for Sirens – or later, when debuting Benched‘s first season. So why hasn’t USA said anything about their well-received, little-watched comedy? Despite a strong outcry from fans of Playing House the last few months (including myself), USA’s been tight-lipped on their plans, if any, for one of 2014’s pleasantly surprising comedies. Centered around mother-to-be Maggie (Parham) enlisting the help of her best friend Emma (St. Clair) after dumping her husband, Playing House surprised critics and audiences with a surprising amount of heart behind its slapstick – not to mention the all-rare combination of a show created by women, written by women – and starring said women creators. »
- Randy Dankievitch
USA Network is ready to play house again. The NBCUniversal-owned cable network has renewed comedy series Playing House for a second season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The comedy will return in the second half of 2015 with eight episodes (down two from its freshman order). As part of the pact, the comedy exec produced by and starring Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham will receive an early video on demand window, according to The Wall Street Journal. The new window structure will allow viewers to watch the following week's episode on VOD before it airs on USA. The approach comes as USA is looking to lure select advertisers with
- Lesley Goldberg
Who’s the best of the Besties? In a crushing landslide, Jane and Maura from TNT’s Rizzoli and Isles even defeated real life best friends Morgan and Dorothy and Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair who play Maggie and Emma on Playing House, in Channel Guide’s 2014 Viewers Voice Awards. With casting chemistry like that, (and a fan base who loves to vote,) Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander are TV’s perfect odd couple. Jane and Maura, Rizzoli & Isles 83.6% Maggie and Emma, Playing House 15.6% Troy and Abed, Community 0.2% Leslie and Ann, Parks and Recreation 0.2% Aria, Spencer, Emily and … Continue reading →
The post Rizzoli & Isles named Best Besties in Viewer’s Voice Awards appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
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NBC’s Marry Me has tricks and treats planned for its Halloween episode (Tuesday, 9/8c), and TVLine has an exclusive sneak peek at what’s in store.
In the clip below, Annie and Jake (well, mostly an overzealous Annie) turn their apartment into a haunted house for the kids in their building — and also to stick it to annoying mom Julie (Playing House‘s Jessica St. Clair).
As for Gil and Kay, they’re busy devising the perfect trick-or-treat route: one that includes — wait for it — full-size candy bars. Happy Halloween, indeed!
Press Play on the video below for a sneak peek at the episode, »
Will a magical hat put a lid on a Once Upon a Time romance? Who is Supernatural‘s supervillain? What is in Arrow‘s arsenal? How will The Fosters celebrate Christmas? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.
Do you have any scoop on Once Upon a Time‘s Belle? The appearance of what appears to be The Sorcerer’s Hat from Fantasia has some worried that Rumplestiltskin may again keep secrets from her. –Natalie
Those “some” would be wise to worry. “Rumple certainly seemed to recognize the hat when he saw it. And he »
Charlie Carver has been left behind — in Hawaii.
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Carver will play Travis, an attractive young man who is devastated by a crushing recent loss, but finds comfort from an unusual source. His episode is slated to air Nov. 21.
Hawaii Five-0 returns Friday, Sept. 26 at 9/8c.
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Joey McIntyre has a new squeeze on upcoming CBS multi-cam comedy, “The McCarthys.” TheWrap has learned that Jessica St. Clair will join the cast in a recurring role playing Katrina, the girlfriend to McIntyre's character, Gerard. She's described as a tacky loose cannon with no filter who's oblivious to how judgmental and insulting she can be. Look for St. Clair's run on the show to begin on Episode 104. Also read: CBS's ‘McCarthys’ Is Keeping the Gay Stuff Upbeat — at Least for Season 1 St. Clair recently starred on USA Network's “Playing House,” which she also co-created. Her other television credits include HBO's. »
- Jethro Nededog
The Television Academy announced Wednesday the six juried award winners for Outstanding Achievement in Interactive Media. The winners will receive their Emmy statuettes at the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. Also read: No Joke – Comedy Central Hosting ‘Schmemmy’ Emmy After-Party Winners were announced at the Interactive Media Peer Group's Emmy nominee reception in the NoHo Arts District. “Playing House” stars Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham presided over the evening, with assists by Nice Peter & EpicLLOYD of “Epic Rap Battles of History” fame, as well as Harley Morenstein (“Epic Meal Time”) and Yael Stone (“Orange »
- Jason Hughes
The interactive media wing of the Television Academy handed out six juried awards for the 66th annual Emmy Awards at an event Wednesday at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre.
Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media is divided into four categories, two of which yielded more than one winner this year. The Interactive Media Peer Group recognizes excellence in innovation across TV and digital platforms.
“Discovery Channel’s Skywire Live with NikWallenda” took home the top prize for multiplatform storytelling.
Two winners were named in the user experience and visual design category: HBO was recognized for its “Game of Thrones Viewer Guide” but shared the winner’s circle with Comcast for its Xfinity platform on the distributor’s X1 set-top box.
The social TV experience category also yielded two winners: Pivot’s “Hit Record on TV” and National Geographic Channel’s “Live From Space.”
The only winner of the night that »
- Andrew Wallenstein
2013 was an absolutely amazing year for television, with shows like Breaking Bad and Spartacus going out with some of their best episodes yet and new series like Hannibal and Orphan Black bursting onto the scene. While the jury’s still out on how this year will compare to last, at the halfway point, 2014 is shaping up to be pretty darn great year as well. Continuing favorites have come back stronger than ever and just like last year, a few new series have quickly made strong names for themselves as well; the variety of truly great television, from comedy to drama to the many series that don’t so easily fit either description, has never been so pronounced.
However, with so much TV out there, some of the best episodes (and series in general) of the year have flown under the radar, so a handful of Sound on Sight’s podcasters »
- Kate Kulzick
You know how sometimes you go to Chipotle and you’re midway through having the guy build your burrito—then you realize you’ve made a terrible mistake? Maybe you should have gone for the chicken instead of the beef, or a wheat tortilla instead of white, or perhaps you finally decide you don’t even like Chipotle in the first place. This also happens to TV executives when ordering shows.
Sometimes, even after slogging through months of development, script revisions, a pilot order, a series order, and even announcing a premiere date, executives will still stop and go: Wait, »
- James Hibberd
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The Performance | Physical acting rarely gets its due come awards season, but Rory McCann and Gwendoline Christie’s stunningly brutal, gasp-inducing battle scene during Game of Thrones‘ Season 4 finale was one of the finest examples of the form in recent TV history — absolutely too epic to ignore.
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I thought the best part of interviewing Andy Daly in Austin over the weekend would be getting a chance to witness the star of Comedy Central's "Review" channeling his fictional alter ego Forrest MacNeil and eating pancakes, as he did in the year's funniest half-hour of television. But though pancakes were, in fact, consumed (in the interests of accuracy, I should say that Daly ordered the short stack — albeit what turned out to be a Texas-sized short stack — and ate much, but not all, of it), the most exciting part of the interview was the news that Comedy Central was days away from announcing that "Review" (which had ended on a brilliant, but seemingly final, note) would return for a second season. (In that same announcement, Comedy Central also renewed "Inside Amy Schumer" and the animated series "TripTank," as well as greenlighting two new series: "Another Period," starring Riki Lindhome »
- Alan Sepinwall
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