'Teachers' to End as TV Land's Scripted Future in Question

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TV Land's future in the scripted originals space has come to an apparent end.

The Viacom-owned cable network on Tuesday announced that the previously announced third season of the comedy Teachers would be its last. The remaining 10 episodes of season three will return Jan. 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

With TV Land hit Younger now officially moving to Viacom's general entertainment destination Paramount Network in the spring, Teachers was the cabler's last remaining scripted original. While sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that TV Land has not been open for scripted pitches in some time, a source close to the niche cabler insists it has a future in the pricey programming space. (TV Land executives declined comment for this story.)

TV Land was originally overseen by Keith Cox, who added oversight of Paramount Network when the latter was rebranded from Spike TV in January. Cox previously reported to Kevin Kay, who had added oversight of Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT as part of Viacom's restructuring last year. Kay was forced out in October as Viacom CEO Bob Bakish realigned his entertainment networks yet again, this time with Comedy Central president Kent Alterman adding oversight of Paramount Network and TV Land.

TV Land was largely considered out of the scripted space under Kay, but given Alterman's recent arrival, the future for the little-watched cable network has yet to be determined.

TV Land's previous scripted fare included Younger, Lopez, Teachers, Throwing Shade, Nobodies and Cox-ordered fare Heathers and American Woman. The latter two never aired on TV Land and were moved to help launch Paramount Network, along with Nobodies. The controversial Heathers reboot was burned off in a Halloween binge after Viacom was unable to find a domestic home for the series. Nobodies and American Woman could not find an audience and were canceled.

Teachers, about a group of elementary school teachers, is based on the web series from the Katydids — Caitlin Barlow, Katy Colloton, Cate Freedman, Kate Lambert, Katie O’Brien and Kathryn Renee Thomas. THR chief TV critic Tim Goodman said Teachers "continues to make the grade" in its "very funny" second season while calling the comedy a "hidden gem."

Younger, meanwhile, was TV Land's breakout hit and will return with its sixth season — and first on Paramount Network — in the spring as Viacom continues to put a priority on turning the former Spike into a broad-focused general entertainment destination.