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The previously announced seventh season will be the final one for the long-running Darren Starr series starring Sutton Foster. And the comedy, which has aired all of its previous seasons on the ViacomCBS-owned cabler, will be premiering on the streaming platform in 2021.
The 12-episode seventh season will first release on Paramount+, which is currently streaming all six seasons, before airing on TV Land later this year. A release date has yet to be announced.
“With Younger, Darren Star has done it once again, creating a generational defining series that has captured millions of fans who are craving more and we are excited to pay that off with the final season on Paramount+,” said Chris McCarthy, president of MTV Entertainment Group of the series, which is produced by MTV Entertainment Studios.
Younger follows Liza Miller (Foster), a talented editor navigating the highly competitive world of publishing — while juggling the complications of mixing business with pleasure and facing the season one lie she created about her age to land her dream job. With everyone in Liza’s orbit now in-the-know about her age (the 40something was posing as a millennial to get back into the workforce), the big secret that has been driving the show is out. And, after expanding the ensemble in later seasons, the sixth season (which ended in a cliffhanger) set Younger on track to evolve beyond its central conceit.
Amid a restructuring and shuffling of programming at parent network Viacom, Younger had been slated to move to sister Paramount Network before it was ultimately decided that the hit series would remain at its original home for season six. A critical darling and the lone scripted original for TV Land, season six was the highest-rated cable sitcom among women 25-54 and women 18-49.
Younger was last on the screen in the summer of 2019. The show was readying production in New York on season seven when the pandemic hit in early 2020. After picking up once the shutdown was lifted, the season only recently wrapped filming in New York.
Star, who has an overall deal with ViacomCBS, has plans to turn Younger into a franchise and is in development on a spinoff with Hillary Duff, who plays Liza’s best friend and publishing up-and-comer Kelsey Peters. And Star was excited about the options as to where that spinoff could ultimately land. “That Emily went to Netflix is a validation of being able to do the shows that I want and that we’re going to find the right home for them. There’s a lot of flexibility at ViacomCBS,” the prolific creator of Sex and the City, and more recently Netflix’s Emily in Paris, fame, had told The Hollywood Reporter in the fall.
CBS All Access will relaunch as Paramount+ on March 4. The rebranding is designed to fully integrate Paramount, MTV, Comedy Central and more brands from under the ViacomCBS umbrella. The Paramount TV Studios slate was one of many announcements unveiled during Wednesday’s presentation to investors. Star Trek: Prodigy, a kids-focused animated show originally developed by Nickelodeon, will also premiere first on the streamer before airing later on Nickelodeon.
Younger is created, executive produced and written by Star and Darren Star Productions, with Tony Hernandez of JAX Media executive producing. Dottie Zicklin, Eric Zicklin and Alison Brown also serve as executive producers and writers on the series. ViacomCBS MTV Entertainment Studios’ Keith Cox and Antonia Covault are the executives in charge of production.
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