EXCLUSIVE: TLC is adding a further two scripted series to its UK line-up ahead of its launch on April 30th. Sources tell me that TLC has closed a deal with Endemol Worldwide Distribution to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to TV Land’s sitcoms The Exes and Happily Divorced. The deal comes after TLC yesterday announced that they had acquired the UK rights to ABC’s Mistresses and Lifetime’s Devious Maids.
Created by Mark Reisman (Frasier), The Exes revolves around three divorced men: Ladies’ man Phil, homebody Haskell and newly single, and needy, Stuart. The men live together in an apartment across the hall from their divorce attorney, Holly, who also happens to be their landlord. Holly avoids her own relationship and commitment issues by becoming immersed in the men’s affairs as they put their lives back together and return to the dating scene. The comedy series is produced by TV Land Original Productions, Acme Productions & Mark Reisman Productions and stars Donald Faison, Wayne Knight, David Alan Basche, Kelly Stables & Kristen Johnston. The series was recently renewed for a third season, which is set to premiere on TV Land in the United States in June.
Happily Divorced was created by Fran Drescher & Peter Marc Jacobson and is inspired by Fran Drescher’s real life. The series centers around Los Angeles florist Fran as she re-enters the dating world after finding out her realtor husband of 18 years is gay. The show focuses on how she juggles her new relationships and her ex-husband post-divorce while still living under the same roof. The cast is rounded out by Fran’s best friend Judi, her parents Dori and Glen, her flower delivery employee Cesar and Fran’s on-and-off love interest Elliot. The comedy series is produced by TV Land Original Productions and Uh-Oh Productions and stars Fran Drescher, John Michael Higgins, Tichina Arnold, Valente Rodriguez, Robert Walden, Rita Moreno and D.W. Moffett.
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