Lifetime renews 'Rita Rocks'

Network hands comedy a 20-episode order

Lifetime has renewed comedy "Rita Rocks" for a second season with a 20-episode order.

"It's smart, it's funny and it appeals to anyone who has ever tried to carve out a little time for herself," said Lifetime's exec vp entertainment JoAnn Alfano.

Developed as a companion piece for Lifetime's well performing repeats of "Reba," the MRC-produced "Rita Rocks" stars Nicole Sullivan as an overworked mom who forms a garage band.

Co-starring on the series are Richard Ruccolo as Rita's husband, Jay, and Tisha Campbell-Martin as her friend and bandmate, Patty.

Production on the second season of "Rita" is slated to begin immediately.

Series creators Stan Zimmerman and Jim Berg will serve as showrunners and will continue to exec produce alongside Mindy Schulthesis and Michael Hanel.