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'Hot in Cleveland': Melanie Paired With Elka on a Gay Cruise (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 8th 2011 6:30AM
'Hot in Cleveland' - 'Beards'It was a guest-star-studded cruise on 'Hot in Cleveland' (Wed., 10PM ET on TV Land) as the girls joined Victoria on a gay cruise. With Joy still playing along as Victoria's spouse, Melanie was left to pair up with Elka when she found herself having to pretend she was gay as well.

It all happened rather suddenly, when Melanie found that her sister Caroline (Laura San Giacomo) was on the cruise with her girlfriend (Sandra Bernhard). When Caroline suddenly felt she had something in common with Melanie, Melanie couldn't bring herself to tell the truth.

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Gilles Marini Talks About His 'Hot in Cleveland' Guest Spot (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Dec 7th 2011 6:00PM
Gilles Marini came by 'Good Day LA' (weekdays, 9AM PT on Fox) to preview his 'Hot in Cleveland' guest-spot, in which he plays the captain of a gay cruise ship. But before he could get to that, Dorothy Lucey wanted to talk about Marini's recent guest spot on 'Modern Family, where Claire mistook him for being gay. "I was kind of metrosexual all the way until the end, where there's a big surprise," he explained.

Marini told a story about forgetting his lines while shooting a 'Cleveland' scene with Betty White. When he blanked on the dialogue, she quickly quipped, "Who cares when you look like that?" After that, he felt right back in his comfort zone. "It was actually a great experience," he said.

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Elka Talks With Kathie Lee Gifford About Man Troubles on 'Hot in Cleveland' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 1st 2011 6:00AM
'Hot in Cleveland' - 'Elka's Choice'Man, it's good to have 'Hot in Cleveland' (Wed., 10PM ET on TV Land). What only became a breakout hit because of the hot streak Betty White was on at the time has launched an entire line of new series for TV Land, but the original continues to bring the best laughs.

Picking up on threads from the season finale, Elka struggled to decide which man to choose -- including her not-so-dead husband (Don Rickles) -- while Joy and Victoria dealt with the aftermath of their drunken marriage.

The two of them as a couple, even though they're both straight, proved to be funnier than when other shows have done it in the past. Particularly when Victoria tried to use it to score her a job on the new 'The View' rip-off 'The Chatter,' starring Kathie Lee Gifford.

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Cedric the Entertainer Talks About His 'Hot in Cleveland' Spin-off & 'DWTS' (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 3rd 2011 3:45PM
Cedric the Entertainer made some news on his appearance on 'The Wendy Williams Show,' (weekdays, syndicated on Fox). The actor and comedian revealed he's been getting recruited by 'Dancing With the Stars,' and also talked about a 'Hot in Cleveland' spin-off that's in production focusing on his raunchy, former R&B-singing minister character.

On the 'Dancing' front, Cedric confirmed that they'd been recruiting him and showed off a few moves, but didn't seem inclined to join the show unless they "let you do your thing." Regardless, the audience appreciated his moves.

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Kathie Lee Tells Betty White a Dirty Pirate Joke (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 30th 2011 2:35PM
Kathie Lee Gifford's been taking a vacation from 'Today' (9AM ET on NBC) this week, and spent part her time off on the set of 'Hot in Cleveland,' filming an upcoming cameo. The location gave Gifford the perfect 'Funny Friday' audience, as Betty White has never met a dirty joke she didn't like.

Gifford told White the joke in her dressing room. It began, "A pirate walks into a bar with a steering wheel down his pants," and ended with America's lovably crass grandma cracking up. We won't spoil the punchline, but it rest assured, it included them both making their best pirate "Aaarrrr," noises.

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Kathie Lee Talks About Her Upcoming 'Hot in Cleveland' Guest Spot (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 6th 2011 1:45PM
Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford on 'Today'Before Kathie Lee Gifford found success on the daytime talk circuit, she was an actress who had her share of TV failures. Tuesday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC), she recalled a show that critics savaged - 'Hee Haw Honeys' - and spoke about her upcoming guest spot on 'Hot In Cleveland,' a show that's been much more well-received.

Gifford said TV Guide named 'Honeys' as "one of the worst ten shows ever on television." But at least she had a good time. "They hired three girls to be like a young Charlie's Angels, except we weren't," she said. "The pilot didn't sell, but they kept me, and then they surrounded me with 'Hee Haw' people. I loved it. I met all the country music people doing that show."

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'Good Day NY' Catches Up With Betty White on the 'I'm Still Hot' Video Set (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 1st 2011 5:30PM
Betty White on Luciana's video set on 'Good Day New York'You won't find many 89-year-olds in front of the cameras in a pop music video. Unless, of course, that 89-year-old is Betty White, who stars in Luciana's new video for 'I'm Still Hot.' 'Good Day New York' (weekdays, 9AM ET on Fox) got a look at the making of the video, which features White sitting on a throne surrounded by scantily clad male models.

"It's a switch for me, I'll tell you," said White. "It's fun, but they gave me these nice young men to work with. They're build like little brick outhouses."

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Surprise Appearance Stops Elka's Wedding on 'Hot in Cleveland' Finale (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 1st 2011 6:17AM
'Hot in Cleveland' - 'Elka's Big Day''Hot in Cleveland' (Wed., 10PM ET on TV Land) sure loves cliffhanger finales. Last season, we saw a tornado that revealed the secret stash of ill-gotten loot from Elka's dead husband Bobby. That little reveal landed Elka in some serious legal trouble at the beginning of this season.

But all that behind her, she found love and was poised to get married for this season's finale, only to have it interrupted by countless men who didn't want her to marry Frank, but them instead.

Even Max came back from Florida, which we expected was the dramatic cliffhanger to tease us until the show returns at the end of November. But they weren't done yet.

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Cedric the Entertainer Is a Singing Minister on 'Hot in Cleveland' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 25th 2011 6:16AM
Cedric the Entertainer, 'Hot in Cleveland'With Elka and Fred engaged on 'Hot in Cleveland' (Wed., 10PM ET on TV Land), they sought the services of a minister, and found Cedric the Entertainer. Meanwhile, the girls got Elka so worried about her wedding that she turned into the episode's title, a 'Bridezelka.'

She even sent Joy in her place to meet with the minister. After he complimented her hair, she immediately shouted, "I want to have sex with you!"

It was the name of a song he'd recorded before he received the calling into the ministry. This set up the first of two recreations of the song in this episode.

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Huey Lewis' 'Heart of Rock & Roll' Can't Take Victoria's Costume on 'Hot in Cleveland' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 18th 2011 4:15AM
Huey Lewis, 'Hot in Cleveland''Hot in Cleveland' (Wed., 10PM ET on TV Land) added a framing sequence to this episode, that actually worked pretty well. Sure, it was just a fun nod to 'Sex and the City,' but framing it with an article Melanie was writing created a nice cohesiveness to the tale.

'Sex and the City' permeated this story of hooking up in Ohio. While Melanie sought to see if she could have sex with no strings attached, Victoria is surprised by Johnny (Huey Lewis). Her entire relationship with him has been no strings attached, but after he suffers a heart attack on the front porch, he changes.

That front porch is turning into a dangerous place, between Joy shooting her son there and Rick seducing the women there, they should consider maybe never using the front door again.

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Behind-the-Scenes Look at 'Hot In Cleveland' Proves Even Betty White Can't Always Keep a Straight Face (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 11th 2011 3:30PM
Betty White getting fresh on the set of 'Hot In Cleveland' Because we can't get enough of Betty White riffing off of her naughty image, Wednesday's episode of 'Hot In Cleveland' (Wednesdays, 10PM on TV Land) provided a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the show, featuring White fondling crew members and laughing about some suggestive lines of dialogue.

This particular piece of salty dialogue called for White to say that her screen name was "Bender Over," and she lost it. With the cast assembled in directors chairs on set, Wendie Malick reminded White of that shoot. "That night when you did 'Bender Over,' you just could not hang on," she said. "You absolutely could not."

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Melanie Tries to Overlook a Guy's Foot Fetish on 'Hot in Cleveland' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 4th 2011 3:46AM
'Hot in Cleveland' - 'Arch Enemies'Melanie made a vow to be a more spontaneous and open-minded version of herself after moving to Ohio on 'Hot in Cleveland' (Wed., 10PM ET on TV Land). To her credit, she hung in there longer than many of us would have been able to with her latest boyfriend, Bill.

It's one thing to have a foot fetish, but Bill took it to extremes that went beyond uncomfortable and into the realm of downright disturbing. He did take Melanie through uncomfortable first, though, when he got down on one knee in a public restaurant to give her a toe ring.

The crowd went from "Aww" to "Eww" as they realized they weren't watching a proposal. But even that embarrassment didn't push him away completely. That happened when he brought "good girl" and "bad girl" costumes for her feet. That line you crossed way back there? Yeah, we can't even see it anymore.

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Jennifer Love Hewitt Plays Victoria's Daughter on 'Hot In Cleveland' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 28th 2011 6:15PM
Jennifer Love Hewitt and Betty White on 'Hot In Cleveland'Victoria (Wendie Malick) has done some things in her life she'd rather not see made public. So when her daughter Emmy (Jennifer Love Hewitt, appearing in a guest role) decides to write a tell-all book, she has to think quickly to convince her not to, and enlists Elka (Betty White) to play Emmy's old nanny and talk some sense into her. That was the plot for this week's 'Hot In Cleveland' (Wednesdays, 10PM on TV Land), which also involved bad accents and Indians tickets.

"Just like your book, it could make everyone feel sorry for your mum and ... and she gets all the attention," Elka told Emmy. The bad Irish accent is because Emmy's old nanny was Irish, and Elka was trying to play the part. She did it well enough to convince Emmy to change her mind, and she declared she would cancel the book deal. And the movie deal, the one where the producers wanted Emmy and Victoria to play themselves.

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Doris Roberts Gets Punched by Betty White on 'Hot in Cleveland' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 21st 2011 6:45AM
'Hot in Cleveland'It was an emotional roller coaster when Elka (Betty White) ran into her former best friend Lydia, played by Doris Roberts, on 'Hot in Cleveland' (Wed., 10PM ET on TV Land).

Their friendship had ended when Elka caught Lydia in a tent with her husband. So when she saw her old friend, she did what anyone would do. She knocked her out with a hard right hook.

Lydia tried to explain that it was a misunderstanding, and that Elka's husband was only warming her because of frostbite. It was pretty convincing when she showed her three-toed foot, but it turned out to still be a fantasy.

Still, it wasn't all bad. When Lydia's son showed up, Elka saw so much of her deceased husband in him. So much that despite her anger at Lydia, she couldn't bring herself to tell the truth to the son her husband had with her best friend. She simply enjoyed the chance to look into her husband's eyes again.

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Elka Gives Victoria Pointers on Acting Old on 'Hot in Cleveland' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 14th 2011 6:02AM
'Hot in Cleveland' - 'Love Thy Neighbor'For probably the first time in her entire life, Victoria Chase wanted to be older on 'Hot in Cleveland' (Wed., 10PM ET on TV Land). She was trying for the lead part in a local production of 'Driving Miss Daisy,' but the director said she was too young for the part.

Not to be outdone, Victoria decided to prove it to him by going deep into character as an old person, and she tapped Elka to help her get the nuances right.

"Good speed," Elka said as Victoria slowly shuffled into the room in her track suit, thick glasses and white wig. "Now feel the lack of burn."

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