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TV Land Renews ‘Teachers’, Announces Two Additional Pilot Orders

'Teachers' Picked-Up for 20 New Episodes

TV Land has issued a second season renewal to sitcom “Teachers,” with an order for 20 new episodes. The cable net also ordered two additional sitcom pilots. The first is based 1996 theatrical “The First Wives Club,” to be written by Rebecca Addelman (“New Girl”) and executive produced by Jenny Bicks (“Sex and the City”). And the second is an untitled pilot based on the life of Kyle Richards (“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”) from executive producers John Wells (“Shameless,” “ER,” “The West Wing”) and John Riggi (“The Comeback,” “30 Rock”). They join the previously announced pilot “Nobodies” from Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone.

A description of the sitcom pilots are as follows:

“THE FIRST WIVES CLUB”
Putting a fresh twist on Paramount’s iconic 1996 film, the pilot, to be written by Rebecca Addelman (“New Girl”) and executive produced by Jenny Bicks (“Sex and the City,” “The Big C”), will take place in modern day San Francisco. The story revolves around three women – friends and classmates in the 90s – who reconnect after their close friend from college dies in a freak accident. When they discover that they are all at a romantic crossroads, they band together to tackle divorce, relationships and life’s other annoying challenges. Paramount Television will produce for TV Land.

“NOBODIES”
Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone executive produce this comedy following Groundlings alums Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras – who play themselves and will also serve as executive producers – as they try desperately to land one of their famous friends for a feature script that they have developed, so that they, too, can rise to fame in Hollywood. JAX Media’s Tony Hernandez will executive produce for TV Land.

UNTITLED KYLE RICHARDS PILOT
The untitled pilot, set in the ‘70s, centers on Bonnie Nolan, a 40-year old woman with a beautiful home and two beautiful daughters to go with it. Finding herself alone after her marriage fails, Bonnie is an enigma of the times: a single woman with no means to support herself or her children. The project is inspired by Richards’ real life upbringing, and her mother’s struggle to raise her family and claim her own brand of independence in a world not ready to give it. The pilot is produced by John Wells Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television for TV Land, and will be executive produced by John Wells (“Shameless,” “ER,” “The West Wing”) and John Riggi (“The Comeback,” “30 Rock,” “Will & Grace”), who wrote the pilot script. Richards will co-executive produce.

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Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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