Happily Divorced


Happily Divorced Information

Happily Divorced is an American sitcom created by Fran Drescher and Peter Marc Jacobson. Inspired by their experiences, the series, which became TV Land's third original scripted series following Hot in Cleveland and Retired at 35, premiered on June 15, 2011, and revolves around a Los Angeles florist who finds out her husband of 18 years is gay.

Premise

Drescher plays Fran Lovett, a Los Angeles florist who is shocked when Peter, her husband of 18 years, comes out as gay. They divorce, but because of the poor economy, they cannot afford to live separately. She struggles with navigating the new parameters of their relationship while re-entering the dating pool.

Cast

Main

The main cast includes:

  • Fran Drescher as Fran Lovett (née Newman), an L.A. florist
  • John Michael Higgins as Peter Lovett, a real estate agent and Fran's gay ex-husband
  • Tichina Arnold as Judi Mann, Fran's best friend
  • Valente Rodriguez as Cesar, Fran's Mexican-American flower shop employee
  • Rita Moreno as Dori Newman, Fran's mother
  • Robert Walden as Glenn Newman, Fran's father

Recurring

  • D. W. Moffett as Elliot, Fran's first love after divorcing Peter, later an on-off relationship interest, and Fran's ex-fiancee
  • Renée Taylor as Marilyn Kappelmaster, Dori's neighbor and frenemy
  • Joan Collins as herself, Peter's boss when he takes a second job as her personal assistant
  • Harry Van Gorkum as Neil, Fran's new neighbor who is at first an adversary, but later complicates her relationship with Elliot

Episodes

Main article: List of Happily Divorced episodes
Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 10
2 24

Development and production

Happily Divorced is inspired by the real lives of series creators Fran Drescher and Peter Marc Jacobson, who had been high school sweethearts and then married in 1978. They divorced in 1999. Jacobson later came out as gay to Drescher and the two remained friends. In 2010 the pair, who had previously created Drescher's earlier series The Nanny, began developing the series based on their life experiences. Initially Drescher planned only to write and produce Happily Divorced but eventually decided to star as well. Set in Los Angeles, Fran's gay ex-husband still lives with her for economic reasons, with "a very traditional family. Everyone's very accepting that he's gay. They're both dating; he's new at it, she's new at it." TV Land gave the green light to a pilot episode in November 2010. The network announced on March 21, 2011, that the series had been picked up with a ten-episode order. The show is shot in front of a live studio audience at CBS Radford in Studio City., which provides Happily Divorced the typical style of the 1990s' sitcoms. There are still more parallels to The Nanny: the opener is an animation, underlaid with specially composed music and also, Drescher refuses a role name and is just called 'Fran'. The Nanny regulars, Renée Taylor and Charles Shaughnessy, have made guest appearances; the latter having also co-starred on Living With Fran. The show premiered on Wednesday, June 15, 2011, in the 10:30 time slot after the television show Hot in Cleveland.

The show was renewed on July 20, 2011, for a second season of 12 episodes, which started airing weekly on March 7, 2012. The new season is advertised by the slogan "The Laugh is Back". Beginning of February 2012 TV Land made the guest stars for season 2 public. There are again some famous The Nanny faces : Renée Taylor (alias Sylvia Fine) returns from season 1 as Dori's neighbor "Marilyn", and Ann Guilbert (alias Yetta) appears as Marilyn's mother, "Mrs. Kapelmaster". Furthermore, Hollywood beauties Morgan Fairchild and Joan Collins will be on view as well.

On April 29, 2012, the day of the TV Land Awards 2012, the cable broadcaster extended the second season, picking up an additional 12 episodes, bringing the total count of season 2 to 24 episodes. The initial 12 episode order concluded June 6. The 12 additional episodes begin airing November 28, 2012 at 10:30 PM EST, following the Season 4 premiere of Hot in Cleveland at 10 PM.

Critical reception

Early reviews of the series were mixed. David Hinckley, writing for The New York Daily News, noted that it "may be that all this will develop an interesting story. On opening night, though, it feels like the show's primary goal is to set up one-liners - which is not how the great shows got to be great." Brian Lowry of Variety called it "so painfully broad and filled with gay stereotypes all but Drescher's most faithful fans will yearn to be separated from their TVs," while Matthew Gilbert of The Boston Globe summed it as "the kind of throwback you just might want to throw back." Mark A. Perigard's review for The Boston Herald was very emphatic; he noted that "in Happily Divorced, TV Land, the cable channel for baby boomers, finally may have found the perfect companion to its smash Hot in Cleveland."

DVD release

Paramount Home Video released the first season of Happily Divorced on Region 1 DVD on March 6, 2012.

DVD NameRegion 1 Release DateRegion 2 Release DateRegion 4 Release DateEp # Discs Additional Information
Season 1 March 6, 2012TBATBA102 Cast Interviews, a "Cancer Schmancer" PSA.

International broadcasts

Endemol has sold Happily Divorced into multiple territories. The show has been bought by SBS in the Netherlands, SABC in South Africa, Global in Canada, Comedy Central in India, Italy, Mexico and Brazil, MTV in Latin America and TVNZ in New Zealand. Similar deals with a German company for Happily Divorced will be announced soon. In Bulgaria the show has been bought by Fox Life. Advanced negotiations are underway in Poland and Sweden. In Greece, the sitcom premiered on October 15, 2012 at the prime-time slot of Makedonia TV.




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