Net orders 7 new episodes for summer
Lifetime is giving “Lovespring International” an early vote of confidence, ordering up an additional seven episodes of the half-hour before its summer premiere.Commitment brings the total order to 13 episodes, which revolve around the dysfunctional staff of a seemingly high-end dating service. Big Cattle Prods. and Lionsgate Television produce. “Lovespring” is slated to debut June 5 at 11 p.m., a plum timeslot leading out of Lifetime’s highly rated Monday-night movie franchise. Most recent pic, “Murder on Pleasant Drive,” posted a 1.5 national share/3 rating in women 18-49 (3.6 million viewers overall). Episodes of “Will & Grace” will follow at 11:30. “We feel ‘Lovespring International’ is truly funny, fresh and potentially breakthrough,” said Lifetime entertainment president Susanne Daniels. “The current television landscape on cable does not include many new half-hour comedies, and ordering a full 13 episodes gives it the best possible shot at success and time to find an audience.” Eric McCormack, Michael Forman, Guy Shalem and Brad Isaacs exec produce “Lovespring.” Mystro Clark, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jennifer Elise Cox, Jane Lynch, Sam Pancake and Jack Plotnick star. Show is the first scripted effort bought up by Daniels, who greenlit the show shortly after taking the programming reins at the cabler last fall. Lifetime will premiere femme-powered police procedural “Angela’s Eyes” in July. Daniels’ first original, the reality series “Cheerleader Nation,” failed to grab a large following Sunday nights at 10 and has since been relocated to Fridays at 7 (Daily Variety, April 6).