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USA’s Playing House to return for a second season

9 December 2014 6:28 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

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

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Playing House's Lennon Parham, Jessica St. Clair Talk Friendship, Gilmore Girls, and Fighting in the Baja Fresh Parking Lot

12 May 2014 2:40 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

The ladies are back! Two years after their first show NBC's Best Friends Forever was cancelled before its time, real-life best friends and Upright Citizens Brigade alums Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair have created another TV comedy, Playing House.  In their USA debut, the pals play Maggie (Parham) and Emma (St. Clair)—two childhood friends who have decided to raise Maggie's baby together in their small hometown. Us Weekly editor Rachel McRady spoke to the pair about their devoted friendship, their writer's room inspirations, and one particularly [...] »

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Watch My Show: Playing House's Lennon Parham, Jessica St. Clair Answer Our Showrunner Survey

6 May 2014 6:08 AM, PDT | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

Not only are they best friends in real life, but Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair keep playing them on TV. The comedy duo, last seen on NBC's Best Friends Forever, are back once again playing BFFs, but this time on USA's new sitcom Playing House (Tuesdays at 10/9c). Parham stars as Maggie Caruso, who decides to raise her baby alone after catching her cheating husband in an online affair. St. Clair is her best pal Emma Crawford, who gives up her career to help Maggie raise the baby. Parham and St. Clair, who are also executive producers on the show, filled out our TV Guide Magazine showrunner survey to explain why Playing House is worth an appraisal.

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- Michael Schneider

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Playing House Stars Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair: 5 Things to Know About the Real-Life BFFs

29 April 2014 9:41 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Laverne and Shirley, Lucy and Ethel, Snooki and JWoww and now Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair? The two comedians and writers created and star in the new USA sitcom Playing House about best friends Maggie (Parham) and Emma (St. Clair), who decide to live together and help raise Maggie's baby in the suburbs.  The show premieres on Tuesday, April 29 on USA, and here's what you need to know about the funny ladies heading up TV's next big comedy: 1. They Are Best Friends Forever … Literally Before [...] »

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Tuesday TV: Playing House, the Fabulous Fargo

29 April 2014 7:43 AM, PDT | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

If at first you don't succeed, try cable. Which helps explain the déjà vu feeling that accompanies USA Network's new-but-kinda-familiar Playing House (Tuesday, 10/9c), starring and executive produced by real-life BFFs and partners-in-comedy Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair, who performed similar duties for the blink-and-you-missed-it NBC sitcom dud Best Friends Forever, which aired for several weeks two midseasons ago.

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- Matt Roush

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TV Review: ‘Playing House’

28 April 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham certainly merit points for perseverance. Having co-created and starred in the short-lived, modestly appealing NBC sitcom “Best Friends Forever,” they migrate within the same corporate hierarchy over to USA, collaborating on the modestly appealing “Playing House.” Both shows involve the two pals living together, here in preparation for the birth of a baby. While the duo has an obvious rapport, this is still a rather wispy premise for a network whose sitcom development remains on wobbly toddler legs.

The fairly classic set-up has St. Clair’s Emma as the hard-driving career woman (she’s initially seen working in Shanghai) returning home to throw a baby shower for her bosom buddy Maggie (Parham). Still, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out Maggie’s husband (Brad Morris) is a bit of a worm and that Emma will ultimately be moving in to help guide »

- Brian Lowry

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Playing House TV Review – USA Rolls Parham And St. Clair Dice

25 April 2014 10:34 AM, PDT | | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Back in 2012, which certainly isn’t long ago, NBC brought you Best Friends Forever, which starred Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair. Best friends of a higher order, who now live on opposite sides of the country, are brought back together when one of them suddenly finds herself holding divorce papers. As they begin living together again, plus one boyfriend, hilarity ensues as they face life together, and learn new things about being adults, and what it really means to have a friend you know better than you know yourself. Well, something like that anyway.

Now USA is giving Parham and St. Clair another shot with Playing House, in what is basically the same show, except that we’ve replaced the boyfriend with a baby. In this version, Maggie (Parham) is pregnant, and Emma (St. Clair) is flying back to her small town home for the baby shower. Again, the pair were once best friends, »

- Marc Eastman

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USA’s Playing House Promo Reel May Seem Familiar

12 April 2014 5:54 AM, PDT | | See recent AreYouScreening news »

USA‘s new show, Playing House, is hitting on April 29th, and the thus far under-promoted show has a promo clip that it hopes will hook you. Famous for its Character Welcome tagline, and shows like Burn Notice, Psych, White Collar, etc., that arguably live up to the theoretical standard of character focus, USA now looks to fill the comedy gap created by the end of Psych.

If the show seems a little familiar already, it’s likely because you saw commercials for the short-lived Best Friends Forever. In less likely theories, you may have even seen the show. Also starring Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair, Bff couldn’t draw a crowd quick enough for NBC, and “new world” that it is, viewers apparently weren’t taken with the female-centric comedy. It was a pretty good show actually, but it was one that even the most optimistic of fans had to be nervous about, »

- Marc Eastman

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'Playing House' First Look (Exclusive)

3 April 2014 11:39 AM, PDT | Access Hollywood | See recent Access Hollywood news »

The ladies are back!

Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham, the duo behind NBC's "Best Friends Forever," return to the small screen this month with their new comedy, "Playing House," and has an exclusive first look at the show.

As childhood best friends, Maggie Caruso (Parham) and Emma Crawford (St. Clair), have a lifetime of fun memories together, but they're about to embark on a whole new chapter after Maggie - who is pregnant - learns her husband (played by Brad Morris) has been cheating on her with an alarmingly muscular German woman.

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Fred Savage to Direct IFC's 'Garfunkel and Oates' Comedy (Exclusive)

5 March 2014 8:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Fred Savage is diving into another female comedy. The prolific TV director, who helmed every episode of NBC’s short-lived Best Friends Forever, has inked a deal to direct and executive produce all eight episodes of the IFC's forthcoming comedy, Garfunkel and Oates. The half-hour effort chronicles the humorous misadventures on the comedy-folk duo Riki Lindhome (Super Fun Night, Enlightened) and Kate Micucci (The Big Bang Theory, Raising Hope). Production, which will include the duo's clever songs, begins today in Los Angeles with a plan to premiere in late summer. Story: Fred Savage's Never-Ending Wonder Years as

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- Lacey Rose

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USA’s Female Buddy Comedy ‘Playing House’ Sets April Premiere

28 February 2014 11:19 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

USA Network’s upcoming comedy “Playing House” will premiere April 29 at 10 p.m., with back-to-back episodes, the network said Friday. The series will slide into its regular 10:30 p.m. timeslot the following Tuesday. Also read: ‘Drop Dead Diva’s’ Carter MacIntyre Joins USA Comedy ‘Benched’ The series stars “Best Friends Forever” duo Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham as Maggie Caruso and Emma Crawford. The two childhood friends team up to raise Caruso’s baby, after Caruso discovers that her husband has been having an online affair with a muscular German woman. Meanwhile, Crawford must confront the past that »

- Tim Kenneally

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USA Network Sets April 29 Premiere For ‘Playing House’

28 February 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

USA Network‘s new comedy Playing House will debut on Tuesday, April 29 at 10 Pm with two back-to-back episodes, immediately following Modern Family. Following the premiere, the series will resume with a new half-hour episode every Tuesday beginning May 6 at 10 Pm. Inspired by the ultra-close friendship between Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham, Playing House centers on mother to-be Maggie (Parham) who asks her single and career-driven best friend Emma (St. Clair) to return home from her job overseas to attend her baby shower, having no idea what’s truly in store. Playing House is a follow-up to the pair’s NBC comedy series Best Friends Forever. They are exec producing along with Judah Miller (American Dad) and Scot Armstrong and Ravi Nandan of American Work though Universal Cable Prods. Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele), Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm In The Middle), Brad Morris (Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World »


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