TV Land‘s first original comedy series keeps going and going. Six episodes into its fifth season run, Hot In Cleveland has been renewed for a sixth with another supersized order of 24 episodes. That brings the series’ total episode count to 125 episodes accomplished in four years, much faster than any broadcast comedy. Stars Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and Betty White announced the Hot In Cleveland renewal with a selfie on the show’s Facebook page. The series, from Hazy Mills Prods., was created by Suzanne Martin who executive produces with Sean Hayes & Todd Milliner as well as Lynda Obst.
Remember when George Burns and Gracie Allen used to plug Carnation Evaporated Milk in live TV ads during their 1950s TV series The George Burns And Gracie Allen Show? Of course you don’t! But live ads using show cast members, in character and on set, did not used to be “news” — much less a scoop in the New York Times‘ business section. And, 60 years from now, when a future generation is watching on their glasses a live broadcast of some happy-zombie-family comedy starring some Hollywood It Couple, replete with product promotions by the happy zombies, they will think back to today’s NYT report (“Commercials to Go Live With Show Cast Members”) about the airing of two whole live ads during the live season debuts of TV Land‘s Hot In Cleveland and The Soul Man, and think “How quaint.”
Betty White and Cedric the Entertainer will appear on both shows when the sitcoms return with back-to-back episodes on March 26. The Season 5 opener will mark the second consecutive live premiere for Hot In Cleveland, in which White stars with Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick and Jane Leeves. It’ll be followed by the live Season 3 bow of The Soul Man, a Cleveland spinoff that stars Cedric as R&B superstar-turned-minister Reverend Boyce “The Voice” Ballentine, who relocates from Las Vegas to St. Louis with his wife. The cable net also said today that Hot In Cleveland will do an animated episode this coming season. Ani studio Titmouse Inc. will toon up the show, in which the four main characters embark on an around-the-world adventure. The women go on a psychedelic romp through pop culture history, including scenes with homages to Frankenstein, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, and The Walking Dead.
EXCLUSIVE: Sydney T. Poitier (Kendra) has been tapped for a five-episode arc on NBC’s upcoming Chicago Fire spinoff series Chicago PD with an option to become a regular. She will play a new detective, a role which will cross over on Chicago Fire. Poitier is with ICM Partners and Thruline Entertainment.
Private Practice alum Tim Daly is returning to his comedy roots with a multi-episode arc on TV Land’s Hot In Cleveland. The former Wings star will play Mitch Turner, a handsome private detective who recently lost 300 pounds after competing on The Biggest Loser. He’s the new owner of the detective agency where Joy (Jane Leeves) works. While she has an instant feeling that she’s met the man she’s going to marry, Turner is attracted to Melanie (Valerie Bertinelli).
Big ‘Mary Tyler Moore’ Reunion On ‘Hot In Cleveland’: Moore, Valerie Harper & Cloris Leachman Join Betty White & Georgia Engel
EXCLUSIVE: The ladies of The Mary Tyler Moore Show are back together on a sitcom stage. I’ve learned that Mary Tyler Moore, Valerie Harper and Cloris Leachman will join their MTM co-stars Betty White and Georgia Engel in an episode of White’s TV Land comedy series Hot In Cleveland, on which Engel has been recurring. For Harper, the guest stint follows her recent announcement that she has a terminal brain cancer.
In the Hot In Cleveland episode, which tapes April 5, I hear Elka (White) and Mamie Sue (Engel) decide to get their bowling team, named GLOB: The Gorgeous Ladies of Bowling, back together. They reunite with former team members Diane (Moore), Peg (Leachman) and Angie (Harper). The quintet had a falling-out after their championship season went to their heads.
This is believed to be the first time the five former castmates will act in front of a camera since taping the MTM finale in 1977. It’s also Moore’s second visit to Cleveland — she previously played Elka’s cellmate in a Season 2 episode. Shows like The Mary Tyler Moore Show paved the way for female driven comedies like Hot In Cleveland. Hot In Cleveland, toplined by White, Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick, returns for its summer season with a live episode June 19. The series …
In one of the fastest runs to 100 episodes for a traditional cable series, TV Land‘s Hot In Cleveland has achieved the feat in less than three years. The network just announced a fifth-season renewal for the show with a supersized 24-episode order, which brings the series to a total of 104 episodes. Hot In Cleveland, TV Land’s first original sitcom, has been a flagship series for the network since its big launch in June 2010, putting TV Land on the original programming map. The pickup to cross the coveted-for-syndication 100-episode mark comes on the heels of the announcement in January that CBS TV Distribution has sold Hot in Cleveland to TV stations in 92% of the U.S. for a September 2014 launch — likely in anticipation that the sitcom will hit the milestone. The accelerated production may also have been tied to the fact that star Betty White is approaching her own 100 mark (She is 91), though she is showing no signs of slowing down.
Comedy icon Carol Burnett and her Carol Burnett Show pal Tim Conway will guest star together on TV Land’s Hot In Cleveland for an episode airing in August. Conway appeared in the show’s first season and will reprise his role as Elka’s (Betty White) ex Nick, who has his sights set on Penny (Burnett), Victoria’s (Wendy Malick) mother and a local children’s TV show legend/puppeteer. The sitcom’s summer season debuts June 19 with a live episode airing at 10 PM ET and live-to-tape three hours later at 10 PM on the West Coast.
Emmy-winner Allison Janney will guest star for five episodes on Showtime’s Masters Of Sex as University Provost Barton Scully’s (Beau Bridges) wife Margaret. The West Wing alum also stars in Chuck Lorre’s CBS fall comedy pilot Mom opposite Anna Faris. Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan head the cast of the 1960s-set drama as real life sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson. The series is adapted from Thomas Maier’s book Masters Of Sex: The Life And Times Of William Masters And Virginia Johnson, The Couple Who Taught America How To Love. John Madden directs the pilot which …
MGM Television will be distributing the syndicated web-video series RightThisMinute. Produced by MagicDust Television in partnership with Cox Media Group, Raycom Media and E.W. Scripps, RightThisMinute is a daily broadcast television series that introduces audiences to the newest and most captivating web videos as they break, often before the videos go viral. RightThisMinute airs in approximately 50 U.S. markets to over a million daily viewers and is currently the No. 1 daytime syndicated show in San Francisco (KTVU, Fox) among viewers 25-54, according to Nielsen. The show saw its second season debut in Detroit, Denver, Indianapolis, San Diego, and Tulsa, among others, in September of 2012. Other markets where the show returned include: Seattle, Phoenix, Cleveland, Orlando, Charlotte, Baltimore, Kansas City, Cincinnati, West Palm Beach, Birmingham and Richmond.
Hot In Cleveland is going live for its summer premiere next year. The summer portion of the TV Land sitcom’s fourth season will debut on June 19 with a supersized live episode. The episode will air live on the East Coast at 10 PM ET, with the West Coast getting the live-to-tape version at 10 PM PT. “This is going to be big,” said TV Land president Larry W. Jones. “We’ve got true sitcom veterans with the cast of Hot In Cleveland and I can’t wait to see what unfolds.” Hot In Cleveland, which is filmed in front of a live audience, stars Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and Betty White. The sitcom is currently shooting its fourth season and returns with new episodes on Nov. 28.
Once a staple, live comedy is extremely rare on TV these days, with NBC’s late-night sketch show Saturday Night Live left pretty much alone to carry the tradition. A handful of comedy series have tried going live for stunt episodes, most notably ABC’s The Drew Carey Show, which like Hot In Cleveland was multi-camera, and NBC’s single-camera 30 Rock, which switched to a multi-cam format for the live stints. This development season, Fox has in the works Live From Our Living Room, a re-imagining of the domestic family multi-cam sitcom from writers Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith, which would be shot and aired live …
EXCLUSIVE: Heather Locklear has just booked a fun role in Scary Movie 5. She’ll play the mother of a young dancer (Ashley Tisdale), in a role that is more than inspired by the nightmare mom Barbara Hershey played in Black Swan. In fact, they’ve also booked Molly Shannon to play the Winona Ryder character. Malcolm Lee is directing and Scary Movie vet David Zucker co-wrote the script and is producing. Zucker wrote and directed the third and fourth installments of Scary Movie, which were the funniest.
For the first time since the launch of the network 16 years ago, TV Land is changing its look with the introduction of a new logo. Additionally, the network is adding a second night of original sitcoms to the schedule this summer. The two are related — the old logo with a classic TV screen and retro style symbolized TV Land’s long-time identity as a destination only for reruns of classic sitcoms. With the addition of a growing slate of original comedies over the past couple of years, the network also has shifted its target demographic from baby boomers to Generation X, or 25-54 year-olds, and it says the more contemporary logo reflects that. The re-design was spearheaded by TV Land’s head of marketing Kim Rosenblum, with Trollbäck + Company designing the new logo. TV Land is the third cable network to unveil a new look and logo in the past couple of weeks, following similar moves by E! and Lifetime.
As for TV Land’s original programming expansion, the channel is opening a second night of originals on Tuesdays this summer with the second season of Retired At 35, which will premiere June 26 and run alongside repeats of the network’s flagship series Hot In Cleveland. TV Land’s regular Wednesday night originals block will feature The Soul Man, the new Hot In Cleveland spinoff starring Cedric the Entertainer and Niecy Nash, and the second …
GLAAD Media Awards Honor Chaz Bono, Josh Hutcherson, ‘Modern Family’, ‘Drop Dead Diva’, ‘Hot In Cleveland’, ‘Beginners’
GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation organization awarded its honors in Los Angeles tonight for most outstanding images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in the media. AP is reporting that the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards went to ABC’s Modern Family for TV comedy series, the indie Beginners for wide-release film, and Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva and TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland in a tie for individual TV episode. The Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson won the Vanguard Award. But it was Chaz Bono who picked up a pair of trophies: the 43-year-old transgender activist won the outstanding documentary prize for Becoming Chaz as well as the Stephen F. Kolzak Award.
EXCLUSIVE: TV Land has hired Rose Catherine Pinkney as VP Development and Original Programming. Based in Los Angeles, she will oversee TV Land’s existing original series and the development of new ones, working alongside VP Brad Gardner and reporting to EVP Development and Original Programming Keith Cox. “It is rare to find someone who has a wealth of experience with multi-camera sitcoms, a format our audience knows and loves,” Cox said. “Rose Catherine is a creative force who is well-respected by many of the writers that we are in business with, as well as the community at large.” Pinkney spent almost a decade in the comedy department of Paramount Network TV, where she shepherded the sales of more than 30 projects, several of which went to series including Becker, Girlfriends and Andy Richter Controls the Universe. Pinkney also served as EVP Programming and Production for TV One. Most recently, she was Head of Television for Laurence Fishburne’s Cinema Gypsy Prods. TV Land’s slate of original series includes Hot In Cleveland, Happily Divorced, Retired At 35, The Exes and the upcoming Cleveland spinoff The Soul Man.
TV Land’s president Larry W. Jones made the announcement at the top of TV Land’s portion of TCA. Hot In Cleveland has received a 24-episode order for a fourth season, which will premiere next November. “We’re really proud of this show and so proud of everything Betty (White) has done for this network,” Jones said. He also confirmed the series order to the Hot In Cleveland spinoff starring Cedric the Entertainer. Titled Have Faith, the comedy, created by Cedric and Hot In Cleveland creator Suzanne Martin, has received a 12-episode order and will premiere in June. It stars Cedric as Reverend Boyce “The Voice” Ballentine, an R&B superstar-turned-minister who takes overt as preacher of his father’s church.” The character was introduced in an episode of Hot In Cleveland in August. Niecy Nash stars as Boyce’s wife Lolli. “The show that Cedric and Suzanne have created is a fantastic family sitcom that you just don’t see as much on TV today.”
The 24-episode order for Hot In Cleveland will bring the total of episodes produced to 78, a remarkable feat given the fact that the show’s pilot was picked up to series only 22 months ago. Probably in part …
EXCLUSIVE: Hot In Cleveland is becoming a franchise for TV Land. On the heels of the sitcom landing a best cable comedy prize at last night’s People’s Choice Awards and just in time for star Betty White’s 90th birthday on Tuesday, I’ve learned that TV Land has renewed its flagship comedy series for a fourth season. Additionally, I’ve also learned that the network has picked up the untitled Hot In Cleveland spinoff starring Cedric The Entertainment to series. The project, written by Cedric and Hot In Cleveland creator Suzanne Martin, originated as an August Cleveland episode introducing Cedric’s character, Reverend Boyce. The network in October greenlighted a standalone pilot, which followed Boyce as he moves to Cedric’s hometown of St. Louis and has to balance his wild past with the expectations of his congregation and his family. The project, co-starring Niecy Nash, is executive produced by Cedric, Martin and Hazy Mills’ Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner, who also executive produce Hot In Cleveland with Martin.
With Hot In Cleveland amassing a staggering 54-episode order in only 8 months, the sitcom starring Betty White is headed to syndication. CBS TV Distribution has closed a deal to acquire the exclusive broadcast domestic distribution rights for TV Land’s sitcom. The deal had been in the works since the summer, with CTD already informally shopping the show to potential buyers. Hot In Cleveland recently posted its lowest-rated season premiere but continues to be TV Land’s flagship series.
UPDATE: TV Land’s first original series Hot In Cleveland opened its third season with 1.9 million viewers last night. That was down from the show’s second season premiere in January, which drew 2.95 million viewers, from the launch of the Season 2′s second part in June (2.4 million), and of course from Hot In Cleveland‘s monster series debut in summer 2010, which drew 4.8 million viewers. Hot In Cleveland‘s second season premiere led to the debut of TV Land’s latest original sitcom, The Exes, which logged 1.4 million viewers. That was down from the premiere of the network’s most recent new original entry, Fran Drescher’s Happily Divorced, which launched with a 2.4 million viewers behind the summer premiere of Hot In Cleveland and was subsequently renewed for a second season. Note: An earlier version of the story included cume numbers for the Hot In Cleveland (3.7 million) and and The Exes (2.9 million) premieres which were mistakenly released as premiere numbers by TV Land.