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'X Files' Star Joins 'Dallas,' Zooey Deschanel Books World Series Gig and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 20th 2011 7:30PM
Mitch Pileggi Dallas'X Files' veteran Mitch Pileggi has booked a guest role on TNT's 'Dallas' reboot.

According to EW, Pileggi, known for playing Director Skinner on 'X Files,' will play Harris Ryland, the owner of Ryland Trucking and Shipping. He's also the ex-husband of Brenda Strong's character, Ann.

Strong told AOL TV a little bit about her 'Dallas' character.

"She's smart. She's grounded. She's like the new Miss Ellie," she said. "She sees a lot but doesn't say anything until she absolutely needs to and then when she does, she has words of wisdom and people listen. She's a tough cookie."

Pileggi recently popped up on 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Leverage.'

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TV Land Renews 'Retired at 35,' Extends 'Hot in Cleveland,' Picks Up Two New Sitcoms

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 21st 2011 5:00PM
'Retired at 35'The other day we revisited the concept of Channel Drift, where cable channels drift away from their original concepts, even while keeping their old names. We didn't mention TV Land, but they're not far away from being considered for that category. They're going from a network that showed classic sitcoms to one that's showing new sitcoms that look and seem classic.

The network has announced that they're picking up a second season of the sitcom 'Retired at 35,' and they've ordered a first season for two new sitcoms: Fran Drescher's 'Happily Divorced' and 'The Exes,' which will star Wayne Knight, David Alan Basche, Donald Faison and Kristen Johnston. They also announced that they've increased their third season order for the hit 'Hot in Cleveland' from 22 to 24 episodes.

The descriptions of the new shows are as high-concept as 'Hot' and 'Retired.' In 'Divorced,' Drescher plays a woman who has to deal with dating again after her long-time husband (John Michael Higgins) says he's gay. It's not-so-loosely based on Drescher's former marriage to Peter Marc Jacobson, who is co-producing the show.

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David Gives Way Too Much Information to a Girl He Used to Crush on 'Retired at 35' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 20th 2011 5:17AM
'Retired at 35'TV Land is trying to make it two for two with a new companion sitcom to join the second season of their red-hot 'Hot in Cleveland.' And while 'Retired at 35' (Wed., 10:30PM on TV Land) doesn't have the pop culture power of a Betty White, it does have that same familiar sitcom feel.

What 'Cleveland' is doing for those nostalgic for buddy comedies from the '80s and '90s, 'Retired' is doing for the traditional family sitcom. It even has an equally impressive cast pedigree with George Segal, Jessica Walter, George Wyner and Christine Ebersole.

But there's a younger generation of players -- the '35' part of the title -- led by Johnathan McClain. In this pilot, he came back to Florida to visit his parents, and wound up running into an old high school crush.

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The 'Retired at 35' Cast Previews Their New Show (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jan 19th 2011 6:15PM
Retired at 35Once a place to catch reruns of your favorite classics, TV Land is now asserting itself as a network for original programming. They're following the first season success of 'Hot In Cleveland' with another sitcom shot in front of a studio audience, 'Retired at 35' (premieres Wed., Jan. 19, 10:30PM ET).

'Retired' follows David Robbins (Johnathan McClain), a young businessman who decides he'd much rather retire than work his way further up the corporate ladder. So he moves to Florida to crash with his dad (George Segal) and mom (Jessica Walter), in turn shaking things up for them as well.

I visited the set to hear all about the very esteemed cast, to bring the hilarious Segal up to speed on modern technology and the Internet ("Wait a second -- this whole thing is being conducted on a telephone?") and to hear why retiring at 35 isn't all it's cracked up to be.

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Comedy the Old-Fashioned Way: 'Hot in Cleveland,' 'Retired at 35' and 'Perfect Couples'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jan 19th 2011 2:20PM
Sometimes it's hard to understand why a particular show is successful. That's not true in the case of 'Hot in Cleveland' (10PM ET Wednesday, TV Land).

There isn't anything edgy or innovative about 'Hot,' which exists to give the people what they want, which is Betty White saying naughty things and the rest of the cast delivering mainstream comedy aimed directly at Middle America.

And you know what? It works. I'm from Middle America and I laughed more than once at 'Hot in Cleveland.' The comedy is not what you'd call inspired, but it's less brassy and brittle than it was when it first arrived, and the show's cast knows exactly how to play this kind of cheerfully one-dimensional material.

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TV Land Picks Up 'Retired at 35'

by Sharon Knolle, posted Apr 19th 2010 11:45AM
Catch that new show on TV Land?

No, this isn't a trick question: According to Variety, the purveyor of classic TV has ordered nine episodes of the original scripted series 'Retired at 35,' set to launch during the first quarter of 2011. The episodes will reportedly air during the network's "TV Land Prime" time slot.

George Segal ('Just Shoot Me') stars in the comedy series, about a party-loving retiree whose 35-year-old son David (Johnathan McClain) decides to quit the rat race and move into his Florida retirement home with him. Casey Wilson ('Saturday Night Live'), Jessica Walter ('Arrested Development') and Tony winner Christine Ebersole co-star as Segal's character's daughter, ex-wife and potential love interest, respectively.

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Valerie Bertinelli, Betty White Head to TV Land in 'Hot in Cleveland'

by Leonard Jacobs, posted Mar 2nd 2010 10:30AM
'Hot in Cleveland,' starring Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick as best friends from Los Angeles whose flight to Paris makes an unscheduled landing in Ohio, has gotten a 10-episode order from TV Land. The 40-something ladies, who are all at a crossroads in their lives, end up staying when they discover how glamorous the Cleveland citizenry finds them.

The legendary Betty White plays the brassy, one-liner-prone owner of the property that the ladies rent. The show will begin airing this June.

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TV Land taps television's vintage hottie vault for new sitcom

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 12th 2010 3:30PM

TV Land has officially jumped into the cable sitcom party, even if they showed up just as the hangovers are starting to set in. And for their first venture, they have enlisted the help of some of television's tastiest babes.

Valerie Bertinelli (One Day at a Time), Jane Leeves (Frasier), Wendy Malick (Just Shoot Me) and Betty White (The Golden Girls) have been brought on board to star in Hot for Cleveland, the second sitcom project approved by the cable network. That's right, Betty White is a TV hottie. I will fight ANYONE who makes fun of me for it.

The other show commissioned by TV Land is Retired at 35, and has lined up actor George Segal, Christine Ebersole and SNL alum Casey Wilson, her first role since she was abruptly pumped from the sketch show. Given TV Land's horrible choices in making their own reality shows, do these even have a chance of being a hit?

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Jessica Walter Is 'Retired at 35'

by Rebecca Paiement, posted Jan 4th 2010 10:55AM
The cast is quickly coming together for TV Land's original scripted series 'Retired at 35.'

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Jessica Walter, Johnathan McCain, Casey Wilson and Christine Ebersole have all been cast in the comedy pilot, co-starring George Segal ('Just Shoot Me'). In the series, David (McCain) leaves his fast-paced Manhattan life behind to live at his father's (Segal) Florida retirement home.

No word yet on a premiere date.

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George Segal Heads to TV Land's 'Retired at 35'

by Jane Boursaw, posted Nov 16th 2009 12:30PM
George SegalAt an age when many actors would be thinking about slowing down, George Segal continues to set the bar high in both TV and film. The 'Just Shoot Me' alum is returning to the small screen in a starring role on TV Land's half-hour pilot, 'Retired at 35.'

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the story follows a successful young businessman who decides to leave the New York fast lane and move into his father's Florida retirement home. Don't look for Segal's character, the father, to be sitting around playing Canasta, though. He'll play a former insurance executive who's all about partying and having fun.

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TV Land is creating original sitcoms now

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 27th 2009 6:06PM
TV LandEverybody has a love/hate relationship with TV Land these days. We love that they still show sitcoms like The Andy Griffith Show and we like the idea of TV Land, but we also hate that movies and reality shows seem to be taking over the network.

But now the network has announced that they are actually going to be creating their own sitcoms. The first two are Retired at 35, which is about a businessman who visits his parents' Florida retirement home and decides to stay, and the second is from Sean Hayes (Will & Grace) and Frasier writer Suzanne Martin and called Hot in Cleveland. It centers around a group of Los Angeles women who move to Cleveland.

Hey, look, I'm all for any type of programming on TV Land that doesn't involve a-hole high school reunion members yelling at each other or cougars in a hot tub.

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