Fans of USA Network’s sitcom Playing House, and/or of creators Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair can rest easy, as Deadline is reporting that the channel has renewed the show for an 8-episode second season, following six months of speculation about the show’s fate after its first season finale.
This news is particularly heartening, as the show had appeared set for cancellation following USA’s announcement that it would be moving away from half-hour comedies and focus on hour-long dramas going forward. Playing House joins Benched and Sirens as the only three representatives of the genre on the channel.
The show’s seemingly poor ratings were a source of concern for USA. However, the series’ strength lay in its popularity on On-Demand outlets, which will lead to a unique distribution model. When the series returns, it will be premiering on VOD platforms Xfinity, TV Everywhere, and USA Now a week before it airs on television. The second season will make its debut in the second half of 2015, with a concrete return date yet to be announced.
Parham and St. Clair will return to the show once again, but there’s no word yet on the rest of the cast, which included Keegan Michael-Key and Zach Woods in the show’s first season.
The renewal of this series, which focuses on two best friends trying to raise a baby following one’s divorce, makes it more successful than St. Clair and Parham’s last foray into show creation, Best Friends Forever, which was cancelled after four episodes by NBC in 2012.