May 7, 2012

THE SKED: The “Client List” Gets Longer

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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In news that ranks as a “no-brainer” in several respects, Lifetime has renewed its hit new series THE CLIENT LIST for a second season, this time for 15 episodes rather than 10.  (It’s not clear whether all the episodes will air at once or if the order will be split into 2 mini-seasons, which wouldn’t be unusual for cable.)   The show, featuring Jennifer Love Hewitt as a wife and mother deserted by her husband who gives “happy endings” at a Texas massage parlor in order to make ends meet, is the first scripted hit Lifetime has put on the air since Army Wives debuted 6 seasons ago.


Client List will never win a Peabody award–it’s not clear if the people who put the show together could spell “Peabody”–but the vehicle for Hewitt’s breasts has proven itself terrifically compatible with Army Wives on the network’s Sunday night line-up, scoring almost identical ratings at or near a 1.0 each week the 2 shows have been on.

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."