Other TV News: Jerry Lewis To Retire As Telethon Host; Premiere Date For ‘Hot In Cleveland’; Tribune Preps ‘Bill Cunningham’

With the upfronts in full swing in New York, it’s easy to forget there’s plenty of news that doesn’t break inside hotel ballrooms. A roundup:

Jerry Lewis said today that he will retire as host of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s annual Labor Day Telethon, which he has hosted since 1966. … Read More »

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TV Land Renews Comedy ‘Hot In Cleveland’ For Third Season

Nellie Andreeva

TV Land’s first original scripted series, Hot in Cleveland, is quickly amassing episodes. The hot sitcom just received a 22-episode third season pickup by TV Land. Production on the new season will begin in the summer. After a scorching debut with 4.8 million viewers tuning to the series premiere last … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Betty White Is Sunday Double Winner, Fox Is Tops With Pro Bowl

Nellie Andreeva

On Sunday, it will be one year since Betty White stormed into pop culture with a memorable Super Bowl ad at last year’s Super Bowl, which led to a Saturday Night Live hosting gig, a hit sitcom, awards and more. A year later, the Betty White express is not slowing down. Last night, at age 89, she won her first comedy actress SAG Award for TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland and delivered CBS’ best TV movie ratings in years. The Lost Valentine (2.3/6 in 18-49, 14.5 million viewers) marked a big rebound for The Hallmark Hall of Fame franchise, which has been languishing in the ratings, drawing the largest audience since Jan. 2007 (Valley of Light) and highest 18-49 and 25-54 ratings since Dec. 2008. (Front of the Class). Appropriately, Betty White faced NFL competition, the 2011 NFC-AFC Pro Bowl on Fox (7:30-10:30 PM), which won the night with a 7.7/12 rating in 18-49 and 13.4 million viewers, the franchise’s most watched game in 14 years.

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TCA: Betty White Front And Center, ‘Hot In Cleveland’ & ‘All My Children’ To Cross Over

Television Critics Assn.’s winter press tour kicked off this morning and so is our coverage. Freelance journalist Diane Haithman, who has been contributing to Deadline Hollywood’s TCA coverage, filed this report on the first networks presenting at TCA, TV Land Read More »

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SAG Awards TV: Actors Love Betty White

Nellie Andreeva

One year after receiving the SAG life achievement award, Betty White is back as a double nominee. How beloved by her peers is the 89-year-old ‘Golden Girls’ alumna? She turned a conventional sitcom, TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland, into an … Read More »

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17th Annual SAG Awards Nominations

LOS ANGELES (Dec. 16, 2010) — Nominees for the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for outstanding performances in 2010 in five film and eight primetime television categories and for the SAG honors for film and television stunt ensembles

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TV Land Greenlights Comedy Pilot

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: TV Land is opening its second pilot pickup season with a cast-contingent order to Ex Men, a multi-camera sitcom from former Frasier executive producer Mark Reisman. The project revolves around 3 divorced guys who live in an apartment building … Read More »

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Mary Tyler Moore and Betty White Reunite For ‘Hot In Cleveland’

EXCLUSIVE: After more than three decades, former Mary Tyler Moore Show sparring partners Mary Tyler Moore and Betty White are about to go another round. Moore has been tapped to guest star in the Jan. 19 second-season Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE UPDATE: Massive Audiences For ‘Deadliest Catch,’ ‘Covert Affairs’ Solid In Debut, ‘White Collar’ Down

Nellie Andreeva

phil-harris-deadliest-catchIt was an extraordinary night on cable last night, with a high-profile series debut (USA Network’s Covert Affairs), a high-profile series finale (MTV’s The Hills) and an extraordinary event episode on Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch. After weeks of ratings build-up, the … Read More »

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‘Hot In Cleveland’ Renewed For Season 2

Nellie Andreeva

TV LAND 'HOT IN CLEVELAND'TV Land has picked up Hot in Cleveland for a second season some 3 episodes into the breakout sitcom’s freshman run. The cable network has ordered 20 new episodes, which will begin production in the fall with a launch tentatively scheduled for January 2011. Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and Betty White will return as regulars on the show, created/showrun by Suzanne Martin and executive produced by Martin and Hazy Mills Prods.’ Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner. “We are so excited that Hot in Cleveland was embraced by viewers in such a big way,” said TV Land president Larry W. Jones. “We absolutely love the show and can’t wait to see what hilarious new experiences these characters will encounter in the next 20 episodes.” Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: World Cup Up With Team U.S. Heroics, ‘Hot In Cleveland’ Down

Nellie Andreeva

ESPN’s Wednesday morning World Cup match between the U.S. and Algeria set records as the highest-rated and most-watched soccer telecast in the history of the ESPN networks, while ESPN3.com drew the largest U.S. audience for a sports event on the Web with 1.1 million unique viewers watching the match for an average of 43 minutes.

Meanwhile, the second episode of the TV Land original sitcom Hot In Cleveland averaged 3.4 million viewers, down 29% from  the record-setting heights of the show’s premiere last week. The number is still pretty solid for TV Land. Read More »

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TNT’s ‘Memphis Beat’ Premieres Strong

By | Wednesday June 23, 2010 @ 12:09pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The new TNT original series Memphis Beat got off to a solid start last night, drawing 4.3 million viewers. It built on its lead-in, the second-season premiere of HawthoRNe, which opened with 3.4 million viewers. Both shows outperformed HawthoRNe‘s series debut last year. While the Jason Lee-starring Memphis Read More »

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Endemol To Distribute ‘Hot In Cleveland’

Nellie Andreeva

Betty White is going global! Endemol has acquired international distribution rights to TV Land’s first original scripted series, comedy Hot in Cleveland, which stars red-hot sitcom veteran White, along with Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick. Cleveland‘s debut last week made history for TV Land, drawing the network’s largest … Read More »

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