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“Hot in Cleveland” is getting animated on an upcoming episode. Directed by Freddy Cristy, the episode will feature the leading ladies, Elka (Betty White), Melanie (Valerie Bertinelli), Joy (Jane Leeves) and Victoria (Wendie Malick), as they travel around the world. And TheWrap has an exclusive behind the scenes look at the sitcom's efforts in the art of animation. In the video, director and animator, Mat Kerman, explains the components that go into the animation process. See video: ‘Hot in Cleveland’ Previews the Crazy Possibilities of an Animated Episode “We had the storyboard artists and the writers sit in a room »
- Cynthia Parker
It looks like Kirstie Alley’s sitcom comeback is going to be short-lived.
Related Exclusive First Look: Hot in Cleveland‘s Elka Makes Like Wonka in Animated Outing
The sitcom — which co-starred fellow sitcom vets Rhea Perlman and Michael Richards — found Alley playing Maddie Banks, a Tony Award-winning actress whose life was turned upside down upon the discovery of her long-lost son Arlo (played by Eric Peterson).
The episode finds Melanie, Joy and Victoria finally exploring Elka’s mysterious apartment, before they bump into Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and subsequently embark on a psychedelic, pop culture-filled adventure.
Hotel rooms, coffee shops, doorways and dreams — there was no shortage of places for TV couples looking to steal kisses this week.
But was your favorite couple able to sneak in a smooch? Find out in this installment of TVLine’s ‘Ship Shape, a recurring feature that tracks the latest developments for series’ hottest duos — and then offers our forecast for each pairing.
Photos | Fall TV Preview: Your Guide to What’s New!
Don’t see your favorite love match represented here? Give ‘em a shout out below and maybe they’ll merit a mention the next go-around.
And with that said, »
Quick, say something nice about Rising Star! And no, “it’s no longer clogging up my DVR with its tuneless discharge” does not count as “nice.”
Maybe I ought to go first? Ummm…
Ok, ABC’s reality singing competition is putting my math skills to good use. (That hinky “percentage of people who vote yes” + “7% for each judge” metric does occasionally tickle the brain.)
Also, host Josh Groban almost completely faded into the backdrop this week — thereby reducing the chances that this »
San Diego Comic-Con 2014 is coming to a close — but we’ve got something to keep your brain occupied!
Yes, it’s TVLine’s Quotes of the Week, a collection of zingers, bon mots and retorts from the last seven days on the telly.
Related Who Is TVLine’s Performer of the Week?
This time around, we’ve got seasonal strife on The Leftovers, a dental damnation on Bad Teacher, a tipping of the scale (models) on Rizzoli & Isles, a double dose of Defiance and much more.
So click through our gallery (look for the button beneath the photo, above, or »
"Hot in Cleveland" isn't a show we usually mention on Dread Central, but with an animated episode heading our way next week that includes Joy, Melanie, Victoria, and Elka seeing what life in Cleveland would be like if a zombie apocalypse were to hit the city, well, how could we resist?
Animation studio Titmouse, Inc., create the art for the cartoon versions of the characters played by Jane Leeves, Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick, and Betty White, respectively, in the episode, entitled "The Animated Episode." An animated LeBron James also makes an appearance.
"Viewers love that we take their favorite sitcom stars and put them in our original sitcoms so we're sure they are going to love seeing these characters in an entirely new, animated universe," Larry W. Jones, TV Land's president said in a statement previously released by the channel. The below footage debuted at the “Legends of TV Land »
- Debi Moore
Comic-Con 2014 is officially in full swing, and below you'll find the first of Digital Spy's daily schedules, giving you the low-down on exactly what's happening where and when in San Diego today.
Note: All timings are Pacific unless otherwise specified.
Thursday, July 24
24 (10am, Ballroom 20)
Hasbro: Transformers (11am, Room 25Abc)
Under the Dome (11.15am, Ballroom 20)
DreamWorks Animation Panel (11.30am, Hall H)
The single-camera project from Christopher Vane (Suddenly Susan, Bill Engvall) follows Buddy, a deep-in-debt scalawag (played by Smallville‘s Michael Rosenbaum) who lies low in a small town by passing himself off as the gay pastor the local church recently hired.
Per our sister site Deadline, Garcia has been cast as Buddy’s put-upon girlfriend back home in San Francisco, who is left to believe he died of a suicide, »
TheWrap has an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the cast of TV Land's “Hot in Cleveland” recording voiceover for the upcoming animated episode. “It was just so great to be with each other because we build together and it's just easier when it's people that you play well with,” Wendie Malick said. Also read: ‘Hot in Cleveland’ Working on Animated Episode The episode, described as “a psychedelic romp through pop culture hits,” follows Melanie (Valerie Bertinelli), Joy (Jane Leeves), Victoria (Malick) and Elka (Betty White) on a trip around the world, accompanied by musical tributes to “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, »
- Alex Reed
Maude Apatow is about to make her small-screen debut on HBO.
The daughter of Girls executive producer Judd Apatow was spotted goofing around with star Lena Dunham on the show’s New York set last week, and now TVLine has confirmed she’ll be playing a character named Cleo, who could potentially appear in several episodes.
HBO would only »
Colfer pops up as Tony — the son Victoria (Wendie Malick) always forgets — who comes back home with his business partner Justin (Sam Daly, Murder In the First) in tow. But while Tony has something important he wants to tell her, it seems that Victoria is already hearing wedding bells. »
Think you know everything about your favorite celebrities? TLC’s intriguing NBC import Who Do You Think You Are? unearths familial facts and secrets that famous folks didn’t even know themselves. Having already delved into the sometimes dark, sometimes delightful personal histories of Sarah Jessica Parker (who discovered that her 10th great-grandmother was accused in the Salem witch trials), Rob Lowe (who learned his fifth great-grandfather fought for the British in the American Revolution but died a patriot), Paula Deen (whose third great-grandfather was a slave owner) and others, the show’s emotional new season includes Valerie Bertinelli (Hot in Cleveland), Jesse … Continue reading →
The post Who Do You Think You Are? returns to TLC July 23 appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Lori Acken
“Hot in Cleveland” is getting animated in an upcoming episode. Directed by Freddy Cristy, the episode will feature the leading ladies, Elka (Betty White), Melanie (Valerie Bertinelli), Joy (Jane Leeves) and Victoria (Wendie Malick), as they travel around the world. And TheWrap has an exclusive first look at the sitcom's first efforts in animation. In the video, the cast and director express their excitement with the upcoming project and process. Also read: ‘Hot in Cleveland’ Working on Animated Episode “They can have us do anything, pretty much anything they want us to do and it's possible,” Leeves says. “It's a really sort of fun, »
- Lindsay Goldstein
A&E networks is airing a series of PSA spots championing diversity, including sexual diversity. Guess which A&E stars are missing from the series?
TVLine reports that the Teen Beach Movie sequel is officially going forward. They also have a list of which cast members have signed up for a second round.
Saturday Night Live is down three more cast members. Newcomers John Milhiser and Noel Wells won’t be returning. Meanwhile, Nasim Pedrad has officially quit the show for her upcoming Fox sitcom Mullaney.
Here is one of those one-season SNLcast members who were in no memorable comedy roles afterward
I think she quit acting to go into politics.
- Lyle Masaki
San Diego Comic-Con has released the full schedule for the first day of programming at Comic-Con 2014, Thursday, July 24. We've pulled out all the movie, DVD and TV-related panels and events right here, but you can also clickHere if you want to check out the full schedule with all of the comic book events. You can also clickHere to find out what pilot episodes Warner Bros. Television will be screening during Preview Night on Wednesday, July 23. Take a look at the exciting panels that will kick off the con this year.
Thursday July 24
10:00am - 11:00am - 24
Jack is back at Comic-Con, damn it! Kiefer Sutherland takes the stage to celebrate 24's most iconic moments and highlights of Jack Bauer's triumphant return in 24: Live Another Day. Catch the exclusive sneak peek at highly anticipated Blu-ray and DVD featurette, Worlds Collide, illustrating how the pulse-pounding storytelling was created for this thrilling new season. »
Nowhere in the title of Best Multi-Camera Comedy Editing or in the rulebook does it state that variety shows may submit in this category, but "The Colbert Report" and "Conan" opened the floodgates last year when they became the first such programs to do so. -Break- Top 10 Emmy contenders for Best Single-Camera Comedy Editing Both reaped nominations, pushing out two-time winner "Two and a Half Men" and "2 Broke Girls," which were nominated the year before. But even if variety's eligibility in this category is suspect, some kind of a shakeup should be in order. Including those two variety contenders, there were just 14 entries on this ballot last year. 2013's nominees were: "The Big Bang Theory" (season 6 – third nomination) "The Colbert Report" (season 9 – third nomination) "Conan" (season 3 – first nomination) "Hot in Cleveland" (sea »
Laverne Cox has booked an appearance on Bravo’s upcoming series Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce. She’ll play a war reporter and Lgbt activist who appears at a marriage equality gala.
Sean Hayes has joined the cast of The Millers next season. He’ll play a new pal of Carol (Margo Martindale) whose presence annoys Carol’s son Nathan (Will Arnett). On one hand, seeing Margo Martindale and Sean Hayes sharing scenes sounds amazing. I’m just not sure it will be so amazing on The Millers, considering the episodes I’ve seen.
With its 100th episode here, TVLine looks back at the Pretty Little Liars‘s pilot episode. Ah, remember when Aria was the mature and worldly one?
EW reports that Elizabeth Mitchell will be appearing on Once Upon a Time as part of the drama’s Frozen-inspired storyline. »
- Lyle Masaki
Exclusive: Universal and Bluegrass Films have optioned an untitled female-driven workplace comedy spec from English comedienne-turned-writer Laura Solon. It’s the first feature sale for Solon, who most recently wrote on TV Land’s Hot In Cleveland. The spec, formerly known as Work It, will be retitled and plot details are being kept under wraps. Bluegrass Films and Shine Pictures are producing with Bluegrass’ Beau Beauman overseeing for the company alongside Universal Svp of Production Kristin Lowe. La-based Solon got her start across the pond as a sketch comedy writer and performer and won the Perrier Award for her one-woman show Kopfraper’s […] »
Chevy Chase is heading to Cleveland tonight, July 2, and he's got eyes for Valerie Bertinelli. Chase guest stars on TV Land's Hot In Cleveland as Ross Barkley, the publisher of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Elka (Betty White) needs Ross' endorsement for her City Council campaign and Melanie (Bertinelli) gets roped into going on a very interesting date with him. While at dinner, Ross reveals a pretty surprising secret that continues to haunt him. Check out the exclusive clip above to learn what surprises Melanie. Tim Daly also guest stars in the episode titled "People Feeding People" as Mitch and Joy (Jane Leeves) tries to hide her feelings from him while he attempts to get over »
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