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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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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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First Date Ends in Tears on Premiere of 'The Exes' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 1st 2011 5:00AM
'The Exes' - 'Pilot'TV Land has found a comfortable niche with their new line of sitcoms. Bring in familiar faces from sitcoms past and build shows around them that hearken back to those bygones days when the world was simpler, and so was television.

It's worked pretty well for them so far -- and they've smartly paired each of their new entries with established hit 'Hot in Cleveland' -- so they're at it again with 'The Exes' (Wed., 10:30PM ET on TV Land).

This one features Kristen Johnston as a divorce attorney who has filled the apartment across from her with three divorced men. The newest arrival moves in just in time for the premiere, and he proves to be the emotional tie that brings all these broken people together.

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'The Dick Van Dyke Show' Turns 50 Today

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 3rd 2011 9:30AM
'The Dick Van Dyke Show'Before he was known as an all-singing, all-dancing chimney sweep or a crime-fighting doctor, Dick Van Dyke was famous for playing comedy writer Rob Petrie on 'The Dick Van Dyke Show.'

The landmark comedy debuted on CBS on Oct. 3 1961, exactly 50 years ago today, and it's been announced that having acquired the broadcast rights, TV Land will mark the anniversary by airing all 159 episodes of the series, premiering tonight.

Deadline reports that the network will run episodes in a three-hour block from 6-9PM ET Monday through Friday, culminating in a marathon over the weekend.

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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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Charles Shaugnessy Reunites With 'Nanny' Fran Drescher on 'Happily Divorced' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 18th 2011 7:48AM
Charles Shaughnessy, 'Happily Divorced'It was a mini-reunion of 'The Nanny' when Mr. Sheffield (Charles Shaughnessy) appeared on the season finale of Fran Drescher's new show 'Happily Divorced' (Wed., 10:30PM ET on TV Land). Now Shaughnessy's an accomplished author, but his attraction to Fran was just as intense.

Only, he appeared to have a similar interest in Peter. It was all very confusing throughout the entire episode, until a classic mix-up led to both Peter and Fran meeting Shaugnessy in his hotel room, where he created a romantic atmosphere and announced that he was both gay and straight.

And apparently into threesomes as well. He must have figured that since Peter and Fran had been intimate with one another during their marriage, they wouldn't mind doing so again, only this time with him as well.

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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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A Night of Passion Leads to a Pregnancy Scare on 'Happily Divorced' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Aug 11th 2011 7:30AM
'Happliy Divorced' S01/E09Fran may be taking home more than just a few tacky souvenirs from her trip to Las Vegas on 'Happily Divorced' (Wed., 10:30PM ET on TV Land).

After a booze-fulled night of fun in Sin City, Fran and her gay ex-husband Peter wake up in bed together. Nude. Oh oh. Could they have done the nasty the night before?

Well, that's okay. What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, right?

Well, not quite. They had unprotected sex and now Fran thinks she may be pregnant.

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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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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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TV Land Renews 'Happily Divorced'

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 20th 2011 2:45PM
Happily DivorcedGood news, Fran Drescher fans: 'Happily Divorced' has been picked up for a second season. Drescher made the announcement via a video on the show's Facebook page.

"It's so exciting," Drescher said in the video, expressing her appreciation for her fans.

She said she received the news directly from TV Land president Larry W. Jones.

"We are thrilled that our viewers have embraced 'Happily Divorced' just like they did with 'Hot in Cleveland,'" Jones said in a statement. "It's fantastic that we get to keep working with Fran, this amazing cast and all of the talented writers on another season."

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Fran Sneaks Into the Opera to Spy on Peter on 'Happily Divorced' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 14th 2011 6:21AM
'Happily Divorced' - 'Spousal Support'Just because Fran and Peter are 'Happily Divorced' (Wed., 10:30PM ET on TV Land), doesn't mean they're ready to move on with their lives. Peter hasn't even moved out of the house yet. But this week, when Peter was on the cusp of a huge sale that would have allowed him to not only move out but leave the state, they finally faced the prospect of separating.

Fran panicked, and apparently started sabotaging Peter's chances of making the sale by convincing him the octogenarian client wasn't interested in a house at all. He was only interested in Peter.

She even slipped into the opera the two were at to try and "save" Peter from being physically assaulted by the man. In all honesty, if we'd seen what they saw we'd have probably jumped to the same conclusion they did in that moment.

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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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'Happily Divorced': Fran Discovers Unpleasant Secret About Old Boyfriend (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 7th 2011 5:15AM
'Happily Divorced' - 'Spousal Support'It all seemed so perfect when Fran reconnected with an old high school sweetheart, Richard, on 'Happily Divorced' (Wed., 10:30PM ET on TV Land). He not only understood why she was still living with her ex-husband Peter, he helped hook Peter up with a job. More importantly, he was rich. What could go wrong?

It happened when one of Judi's best friends turned out to be his son, and Richard bolted out of there like his shoes were on fire. Turns out he's okay with "those people" if it's Peter or anyone but his son.

"Love isn't conditional," Fran said. "Love is love." Sure the message was a little heavy-handed, but we're in traditional sitcom mode. If this were the '90s, it would have been billed as a "very special episode" of 'Happily Divorced.'

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