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This story first appeared in the Aug. 29 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Five years ago, TV Land was at a crossroads. The cable network had subsisted since 1996 on reruns of classic sitcoms like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, but now there was a push to create original series for its over-40 target demographic. In came Hot in Cleveland, a sitcom from Frasier veteran Suzanne Martin centered on three Hollywood-industry types (played by Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and Valerie Bertinelli) who uproot from L.A. and move to the Midwest. "It had everything we wanted,
- Philiana Ng
Betty White can't remember what she wore to her first Emmys, but she has a good excuse - it was 63 years ago! "I haven't a clue," White tells People of her first time at the ceremony in 1951. "I'm sorry. I should, but I don't have a clue." But the Hot in Cleveland star - who is nominated this year for hosting Betty White's Off Their Rockers on Lifetime - has no trouble recalling her win for Most Outstanding Female Personality, a Los Angeles regional award she won in 1952. "Zsa Zsa Gabor was also nominated and was at my table. When »
- Patrick Gomez, @PatrickGomezLA
The Gersh Agency has booked production designer Jade Healy (pictured left) (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”) on David Lowery’s “Pete’s Dragon” at Disney, shooting in New Zealand; and producer Sean Ryerson (“Covert Affairs”) on NBC series “Hannibal.” Agency also booked producer Brad Van Arragon (“If I Stay”) on season 3 of CTV/ABC series “Motive” and editor Sidney Wolinsky (“The Strain”) on Starz series “Power.”
Cec has booked editors Chris A. Peterson (CNN’s “The Sixties: The Assassination of President Kennedy”) on Syfy series “12 Monkeys” and Dane McMaster (“We Are Men”) on AMC pilot “We Hate Paul Revere.” Agency also booked editors Marnee Meyer (“The Americans”) and Craig Cobb (“Bored to Death”) on ABC comedy series “Manhattan Love Story.”
- Peter Caranicas
TLC's Emmy-nominated series, “Who Do You Think You Are?” continues the season's murderous trend on Wednesday's episode with actress Valerie Bertinelli. The “Hot in Cleveland” star explores her family history and goes to unlock several family mysteries. She tracks down courageous ancestors who suffered through hardship and tragedy, and discovers a royal lineage dating back centuries that she never dreamed possible. Also read: ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Season 5 to Feature Cynthia Nixon, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Rachel McAdams (Exclusive) Executive producer Dan Bucatinsky told TheWrap, “Valerie Bertinelli goes down her father's side of the family and then she goes down her mother's. »
- Jethro Nededog
Looks like Valerie Bertinelli might be touched by nobility this week on TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are? (Wednesday, 9/8c).
In climbing her family tree, the Hot in Cleveland star travels to the College of Arms in London to track down her 8x great grandfather’s coat of arms. However, not only does Bertinelli uncover a Claypoole family crest, she also discovers her 19x great grandfather is of — no spoilers here! — legendary nobility.
Press Play above to watch Bertinelli begin realizing her impressive lineage.
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Television without game shows has just gone wrong, and even if there is a whole network devoted to them (which puts out original efforts), and there are a few primetime stabs at the general idea, the genre is decidedly missing from the landscape. Enter Craig Ferguson and Celebrity Name Game. The syndicated show is kicking off soon, and will be airing in virtually every market. The show boasts a casual atmosphere, and the chance for contestants to team up with celebrities for a chance at $20,000.
Get the full scoop below, and be sure to check this one out. We will be sure to keep you posted on this one, hopefully with lots of clips and info soon.
Can You Guess The Celebrity?
Celebrity Name Game Welcomes Celebrity Guests To Compete
In The New Craig Ferguson Hosted Game Show
Syndicated Series Set to Premiere on Monday, September 22, 2014
Celebrity Guest Stars Include:
- Marc Eastman
“We are thrilled to bring back Cedric, Niecy and ‘The Soul Man’ for another season,” said Jones. “TV Land has loved working with this cast and crew who come together each week and create one of the funniest half-hours on TV.”
“The Soul Man” follows R&B star-turned minister Reverend Boyce “The Voice” Ballentine (Cedric) and his wife Lolli (Nash) who are learning to adjust to a new life after relocating from Las Vegas to St. Louis. Wesley Jonathan also stars as Cedric’s brother Stamps.
- Shelli Weinstein
TV Land is keeping The Soul Man around. The Viacom-owned cable network has renewed the Cedric the Entertainer starrer for a fourth season of 12 episodes set to return in 2015, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The episode count is up for year-over-year and on par with its freshman order. Photos Summer TV Preview The series, a spinoff created by Hot in Cleveland showrunner Suzanne Martin, stars Cedric as an R&B superstar-turned-reverend who retires to St. Louis to become a preacher in his father's church. The comedy hails from Sean Hayes' Hazy Mills Productions, giving the producer
- Lesley Goldberg
The photographers are all over LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian these days - but this time, they've invited them. The tabloid targets have welcomed VH1's cameras into their Los Angeles house to shoot LeAnn & Eddie, giving the duo a chance to dispel misconceptions about their romance. The country singer and the actor (who most recently starred on TV Land's Hot in Cleveland) married in 2011. "People are always wanting to make it a story of me being a homewrecker and trying to take someone's kids," Rimes, 31, tells People. "They take the love I have for my family and twist it around in some weird, »
- Lynette Rice, @lynetterice
“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 »
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