For the first time since the launch of the network 16 years ago, TV Land is unveiling a new and re-imagined logo (on left) plus re-designed on-air packaging and graphics, it was announced today by Larry W. Jones, president, TV Land. Gone is the logo with a classic TV screen and retro style. Instead, beginning Wednesday, May 9, viewers will see a fresh mark with a nod to the channel's roots, a change that reflects the evolution of the network itself. No longer a channel made up of shows strictly from yesteryear, TV Land is now finding success using a combination of programming including new original series, sitcoms of the recent past and, of course, classic TV.
In another network first, TV Land is adding a second night of original sitcoms to the schedule. This summer, the network will air three original series beginning Wednesday, June 20. In the channel's regular Wednesday night originals block from 10-11pm ET/PT, "The Soul Man," starring Cedric "The Entertainer" and Niecy Nash, will debut the first of its 12 episode run, followed by the second season premiere of "The Exes," starring Donald Faison, Wayne Knight, David Alan Basche, Kelly Stables and Kristen Johnston, which will also air for 12 episodes. Then, beginning Tuesday, June 26, TV Land will begin the 10-episode second season of "Retired at 35," starring George Segal, Jessica Walter, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Johnathan McClain and Josh McDermitt at 10pm ET/PT alongside a repeat of hit series "Hot in Cleveland" starring Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and Betty White.
"TV Land has evolved significantly over the past few years. It became clear that the overall look and feel of the channel needed to sync up better with our programming line-up," said Jones. "This fresh design signals to our viewers that TV Land is delivering a deeply engaging experience; it's a place where they know they can come for a laugh and enjoy high quality original and timeless sitcoms."
The new look also reflects a generational shift of the channel's target demo of 25-54 year-olds. While the network has always targeted forty-somethings, now that age group consists mostly of Generation X, replacing the Baby Boomers commonly known as "the TV Generation." The visual identity of TV Land now has a more contemporary sensibility to serve this target audience.