Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair's great new sitcom Playing House wrapped its first season last night exactly as you might expect. In part one, Parham's character Maggie gave birth with St. Clair's Emma by her side, and in part two, we got a look at what the show will look like post-baby, while dangling the plot thread of Emma's will-they-won't-they with now-married high school sweetheart Mark (Keegan Michael Key).
Now, on to the important business. USA, it's time to renew this show! I have no idea if this is even up in the air or more of a scheduling thing. The network already renewed its first sitcom, Sirens, which drew about an 0.5 rating in the demo in its Thursdays at 10 p.m. timeslot. Playing House does about the same on Tuesdays—usually drawing an 0.4, about the same as its lead-in of Modern Family re-runs. Given the critical support Playing House has gotten, I'd be surprised if USA doesn't pull the trigger on season two.
But that blessed announcement has not yet arrived, so while we wait for USA to do the right thing, let's celebrate what a positive addition to the sitcom world Playing House has been. Its pilot episode (which I reviewed here) did great work playing on St. Clair and Parham's chemistry, which has been built up over years of partnership at the UCB and on their short-lived NBC sitcom Best Friends Forever. But it also teased a fruitful small-town setting for the show to expand upon in its first ten episodes, which it did a very nice job of doing.