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'Rita Rocks' Renewed

March 2nd, 2009 3:14pm EST
Rita RocksRita Rocks, Lifetime Television's first original primetime comedy in 10 years, has been picked up for a second season. The 20-episode order was announced today by JoAnn Alfano, Executive Vice President, Entertainment.

The family comedy starring Nicole Sullivan premiered on October 20, 2008, and, in a unique programming strategy, stripped original episodes for a full week before moving into its regular timeslot (Tuesdays, 8:30 p.m. ET/PT).

"Rita Rocks" met with early success and frequently built on or retained the Reba audience. Since its debut, the first season has had more than 36.4 million viewers.