TV Land is keeping two of its signature hits around.
Sutton Foster starrer Younger will return for its fifth season, scoring an early renewal ahead of the fourth run’s June 28 debut. The 12-episode season will return in 2018.
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 Renée Thomas. The third-season pickup will be for another 20-episode season and arrives as the back half of season two is poised to return to the cabler.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to be bringing back Younger and Teachers for more seasons and double down on our dedication to creating smart, funny, honest and compelling originals,” new TV Land GM Frank Tanki said Thursday in a statement.
Younger has become a brand-defining show for TV Land under head of originals Keith Cox. The series was the first single-camera comedy to air on the cable network and kicked off its shift away from older-skewing multicamera fare like Hot in Cleveland. TV Land’s current scripted roster consists of only single-camera comedies now, with many — including Teachers — garnering positive reviews. (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.”)
For TV Land, the decision to renew Younger and Teachers comes as the network saw anthology Heathers and American Woman move to Viacom’s Paramount Network. Cox was recently tapped to oversee originals for the soon-to-be-former Spike TV network ahead of its rebranding in January.
TV Land’s slate also includes Nobodies, which received a second-season pickup ahead of its debut, Throwing Shade and Lopez.