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Raven-Symoné on TV Land's 'Cosby Show' Reunion and Her New Series, 'State of Georgia'

by AOL TV Staff, posted Apr 17th 2011 10:00AM
Raven-Symone, TV Land Awards, The Cosby ShowBy Breia Brissey
Tonight's TV Land Awards will bring together the cast of 'The Cosby Show' for the first time in years.

When TV Squad caught up with Raven-Symoné a few weeks ago at the ABC Family upfronts, the now-25-year-old former 'Cosby Show' star said she was excited for the cast to receive the TV Land Impact Award.

"I loved working with Bill Cosby. And it's such an honor to end up on TV Land," Symoné said. "I mean, it's weird because I'm only 25 and on TV Land! But when I was little, I was only allowed to watch TV Land and the cooking network, so it's really cool."

Two decades after she started on the iconic series, the actress formerly known as little Olivia Kendall has a new show of her own. She'll return to TV with ABC Family's 'State of Georgia' (formerly known as 'The Great State of Georgia') in June.

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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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Where to Watch Classic TV (Besides TV Land)

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 16th 2011 2:30PM
TV LandWith its new slate of original programming, there's just not enough room in the schedule for TV Land to air many classic TV shows anymore.

At least that's the word from executive vice president Jaci Cohen. Or to quote her directly, "There are still only 24 hours in a day." TV Land viewers have been posting complaints/suggestions on the network's Facebook page, many irritated that classic sitcoms are being pushed aside in favor of reality shows like 'High School Reunion' and 'She's Got the Look.' While it's true that TV Land is investing in some original, old fashioned comedies -- like 'Hot in Cleveland' and 'Retired at 35' -- it's been moving away from the classics for some time now.

But there's still hope! We live in a world of 9,000 cable channels, and here are five places where you can get your classic TV fix.

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The Old Spice Guy, Isaiah Mustafa, Guests on 'Hot in Cleveland' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 10th 2011 2:55AM
The Old Spice Guy guests on 'Hot on Cleveland.'Isaiah Mustafa brought the handsomeness that made him a household name for Old Spice to 'Hot in Cleveland' (Wed., 10PM ET on TV Land). There, he played the shooting coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers, which might make him more intellectually compatible with Elka than Melanie.

Both women were at the bar when he walked in and captured Melanie's eye. "That is a good-looking man," she declared. "Yummy."

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Joy Accidentally Reveals She Read Her Boyfriend's Therapist Files on 'Hot in Cleveland' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 3rd 2011 3:39AM
'Hot in Cleveland' - 'Dog Tricks, Sex Flicks & Joy's Fix'With deportation possibly looming, Joy is taking her desires to find a man to extremes on 'Hot in Cleveland' (Wed., 10PM ET on TV Land). When she meets a man at her therapist's office, she proceeds to steal his file so she can learn more about him.

This would have worked out just fine if only she could have kept her mouth shut. But alas, this is Joy, and keeping her mouth shut isn't one of her strengths.

She did open up to him honestly about her green card problem, and couldn't have gotten a better response.

"You could stay, right?" he asked abruptly. "If someone married you? Like in those movies. Oh, I hate those movies, but I would do that."

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Melanie Griffith Is Cast as Victoria Chase's Daughter on 'Hot in Cleveland' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 10th 2011 5:54AM
Melanie Griffith, 'Hot in Cleveland''Hot in Cleveland' (Wed., 10PM ET on TV Land) continues to have a lot of fun with guest stars. The latest "get" is Melanie Griffith as yet another foil for Wendie Malick's Victoria Chase. Only this time, they don't start out that way.

The problem comes when the 53-year old Griffith, playing a version of herself in much the same way Susan Lucci does, is cast as Victoria Chase's daughter in her latest film project. While we don't know how old Victoria is, Malick is 60, which makes it a stretch by anyone's imagination.

And, knowing how much Victoria is in denial about her age, it doesn't go over well. Not at all.

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Nathan Lane Returning to 'Modern Family,' Sherri Shepherd Joins TV Land Pilot and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 24th 2011 11:20AM
Nathan Lane'Modern Family' is adding more Pepper -- otherwise known as the hilarious Nathan Lane -- to its award-winning comedy recipe.

According to TV Guide, Lane will reprise his role in a spring episode. "Mitch and Cam go out for a boys night with Pepper and a bunch of their other gay friends," according to Steve Levitan, executive producer of 'Modern Family.'

Look for Jay to wind up at the party. "We're having a lot of fun playing with Nathan, and this will be a very funny use of him," Levitan said.

In other casting news ...

Jean-Ralphio Ben Schwartz has landed a pilot. The 'Parks & Recreation' and former 'Undercovers' actor will star opposite Don Cheadle and Josh Lawson in the Showtime pilot 'House of Lies.' Cheadle plays Marty, a "self-loathing, highly successful management consultant." Schwartz will play a member of Cheadle's character's team. [Deadline Hollywood]

Jeffrey Dean Morgan is in final talks to star in Starz's 'Magic City.' The 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Watchmen' actor will play the owner of one of Miami's famous hotels. [Deadline Hollywood]

'The View' co-host Sherri Shepherd will appear in a new pilot. Sadly, it's not '30 Rock''s fictional 'Queen of Jordan.' Shepherd will appear opposite Christine Taylor in TV Land's workplace sitcom. Shepherd will play the office drama queen. [Deadline Hollywood]

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'Hot in Cleveland' Moment - Elka Gets Mary Tyler Moore as a Cellmate

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 20th 2011 6:40AM
Betty White and Mary Tyler Moore in 'Hot in Cleveland'Season 2 of 'Hot in Cleveland' picks up from where we left things off in the first season: Melanie's cop boyfriend finds out about Elka's late husband's "connections" and arrests her for possessing stolen property. We open up with a scene of Elka in a holding cell, wearing an orange jumpsuit and playing a harmonica, because the show never passes up an opportunity to show sweet Betty White doing or saying something naughty.

Elka's cellmate can't stand her singing 'Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen' anymore and tells her. The cellmate just happens to look a lot like Mary Tyler Moore.

During the opening scene, we find out that MTM is an unnamed fellow mob wife, who remembers Elka from a going-away picnic for someone from the "family." "You bought the ambrosia!" says the cellmate. "And you brought the gabbagool!" said Elka.

Betty White and MTM spewing 'Sopranos' talk is cute, even if MTM overacted all her lines. It's some of the other parts of this scene that keep 'Cleveland' from reaching its potential as a "new classic" sitcom.

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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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Kristen Johnston, Donald Faison Get TV Land Roles, Larry Hagman Still in 'Dallas' Talks and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 7th 2011 12:00PM
Kristen JohnstonTV Land has scooped up TV veterans Kristen Johnston, Donald Faison and Christine Taylor for new pilots.

According to Deadline Hollywood, Johnston will play the sexy female divorce attorney/landlord in Mark Reisman's comedy formerly known as 'Ex Men.' The sitcom revolves around three recently divorced men who move into Johnston's character's apartment building. 'Scrubs' star Donald Faison has been cast as one of the divorcés.

Christine Taylor has been cast in Terri Minsky's workplace sitcom set in a cola factory. Taylor will play the new boss, a New Yorker who is brought to Oregon to head the company, but nobody wants her there.

In other casting news ...

'Angel' and 'Dollhouse' veteran Amy Acker has landed a role on USA Network's 'Common Law.' The cop dramedy stars Michael Ealy and Warren Kole as partners who can't stop bickering, so their captain sends them to couples therapy. Acker will play their therapist. So much for our hopes of her being Jessica Jones in ABC's 'AKA Jessica Jones.' [Deadline Hollywood]

Mark Pellegrino has been cast on 'Breakout Kings.' The 'Lost' alumnus will play Virgil Downing, an infamous assassin. [TVLine]

Larry Hagman is still in talks for the 'Dallas' reboot. Despite earlier reports that negotiations had halted, Hagman is reportedly still in talks to reprise his J.R. Ewing role on the new TNT series. [Entertainment Weekly]

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'Hot in Cleveland,' 'All My Children' Crossover Coming in February

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 5th 2011 3:20PM
Susan Lucci, Wendie MalickCan you say dueling divas? That will be the case when Wendie Malick's 'Hot in Cleveland' character and Susan Lucci meet in a new 'Cleveland'/'All My Children' crossover this February.

On 'Hot in Cleveland,' Wendie Malick's soap star character Victoria Chase will get a role as Gertie, a housekeeper/bartender on 'All My Children.' Lucci, Darnell Williams and Michael E. Knight will guest star on the TV Land sitcom.

"We're so happy that Victoria Chase will finally get to show 'All My Children' fans why she is a soap superstar," Larry W. Jones, president of TV Land, said in a statement. "We're so excited to partner with 'All My Children' to bring to life this classic TV form when television worlds collide."

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TV Land Orders Pilot From Fran Drescher, Natasha Leggero Signs NBC Holding Deal and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 30th 2010 11:30AM
Fran DrescherFran Drescher is already back on TV in some areas with a trial run of her new talk show, but fans around the country could be welcoming her back to primetime very soon. TV Land has ordered a pilot based on Drescher's life.

According to Deadline Hollywood, TV Land has ordered 'Happily Divorced' from Drescher and her ex-husband Peter Marc Jacobsen. The two previously created and wrote 'The Nanny' together.

Drescher will executive produce, co-write and possibly star in 'Happily Divorced,' a sitcom about a woman who is thrown back into the dating world when her husband comes out as gay.

TV Land has also ordered a pilot for 'Rip City,' a multi-camera office comedy from 'Lizzie McGuire' and 'Less Than Perfect' creator Terri Minsky.

In other TV news ...

Rumors of Nicole Scherzinger and Cheryl Cole headlining the American 'X Factor' are heating up. Cole has reportedly signed a deal that will bring her to American televisions and help launch her career in the States. [Daily Mail]

Natasha Leggero has signed a talent holding deal with NBC. As part of the deal, the 'Last Comic Standing' judge will either join the cast of an existing series or star in a pilot. Could she be the new Dunder Mifflin boss? [Variety]

Shonda Rhimes is turning her attention away from doctors and onto publicists. The 'Grey's Anatomy' creator is working on a new soap inspired by PR guru Judy Smith. Rhimes will write and executive produce the pilot, about a publicist and her dysfunctional staff. [Vulture]

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Time Jointly Nominates Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert as Person of the Year, Lou Dobbs Joins Fox and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 11th 2010 2:50PM
Stephen Colbert, Jon StewartCan Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert beat "the Unemployed America" to become Time magazine's "Person of the Year"? Maybe.

The Comedy Central duo have been jointly nominated for the honor, but they face stiff competition from the likes of conservative stars Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin, along with pop icon Lady Gaga.

Fans of Colbert and Stewart can vote for the two here, but make an informed decision and read the full list -- they'd expect that of you.

In other TV news ...

'Glee' is streaming its Christmas album early. Head on over to the show's MySpace (yep, MySpace is still a thing) to listen. [Myspace]

Sherri Shepherd will guest star on 'Hot in Cleveland.' Look for 'The View' co-host to appear as the judge in Elka's (Betty White) competency hearing. [TV Guide]

Lou Dobbs has joined Fox. The veteran newsman will develop and host his own show on Fox Business Network starting in 2011. [Reuters]

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'The Andy Griffith Show' Cast: Where Are They Now?

by Pat Gallagher, posted Oct 1st 2010 2:30PM
Andy Griffith Show'The Andy Griffith Show' is one of the most beloved TV sitcoms of all time. Originally televised on CBS from Oct. 3, 1960 to Apr. 1, 1968, the show ended its final season at No. 1 and consistently ranked in the top 10. More recently, the show has taken on a new life in TV Land reruns.

Andy Griffith had already made a name for himself in movies like 'A Face in the Crowd' and 'No Time for Sergeants,' when he agreed to star in his own TV show as the widowed Sheriff Andy Taylor, who didn't have to carry a gun in the small country town of Mayberry, N.C.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of 'The Andy Griffith Show,' we thought we'd catch up with the cast members -- arguably the best character actors in the business -- who appeared on the show over the years, and who'll be forever embedded in the minds and memories of millions of Mayberry fans.

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TV Land Picks Up Ashton Kutcher's 'Forever Young' Reality Series

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 11th 2010 2:00PM
Ashton KutcherHey, younger reality TV-lovin' viewer ... yes, you. TV Land is targeting you with its new programs.

The network has given the green light to 'Forever Young,' a new six-episode reality competition series from Ashton Kutcher's production company, Katalyst, and 3 Ball Productions, the company behind 'The Biggest Loser.'

The series will find pairs of young and older contestants getting to know each other as they face-off against other duos. It's being described as a generational 'Beauty and the Geek.'

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