Given the recent news related to multiple rape accusations made against Bill Cosby, it's not all that surprising to learn that another TV show involving the actor/comedian is being impacted by the controversy.
This week, another comedy has gotten the axe. Luckily, this time around, itís not a network comedy that has bitten the dust. Instead, TV Land announced that Hot In Cleveland, one of the networkís earliest and most successful bids at original programming, will be finished after Season 6.
TV Land has slowly entered uncharted territory with more upcoming original shows than itís currently running. Two single-camera comedies were just ordered to series, and TV Land has two potential goldmines here with the stolen identity sitcom Impastor and the webseries expansion Teachers.
Though TV Land began life as a supplemental channel for classic TV fans to watch the series that Nick at Nite no longer aired, the growing network is transitioning nicely into the world of original programming. And by that, I mean that itís tossing out cancellations while picking up series that no one else wanted.
She was a single new-mother. He was a cab driver with aspirations of plane-flying. And somehow their lives became intertwined, spawning comedy, romance and two sequels of varying degrees of entertainment value. I am, of course, referring to Kirstie Alley and John Travolta's characters Mollie and James from Look Who's Talking.
It looks like Kirstie Alley's TV Land comedy Kirstie is staging another TV mini-reunion. Yesterday, we learned that Jason Alexander was going to guest-star on the upcoming series, reuniting with Seinfeld's Michael Richards, who's among the stars of the show. And today comes word that Cheers' George Wendt is also set to play a guest role on the comedy, which reunites him with Rhea Perlman and Kirstie Alley, both of whom starred in Cheers as well.
Kirstie stars Kirstie Alley as Madison Banks, a Broadway star who's surprised by the sudden appearance of Arlo (Eric Peterson), the son she gave up for adoption. His adoptive parents have died and he's looking to reconnect with the mother he never knew. Rhea Perlman (Cheers) plays Maddie's best friend and assistant, while Michael Richards plays Maddie's outlandish driver.
TV Landís new comedy pilot, Iím Not Dead Yet, has added a couple of new faces to the cast. Two family members of the central character played by Ben Falcone are now on board: Missi Pyle has taken on the role of his wife, while Elliot Gould will play his father.
TV Land is looking to add more sitcoms to its original programming lineup. Theyíve ordered two comedy pilots, both of them cast-contingent. One of them, from Ugly Betty and The Officeís Ben Silverman, will be TV Landís first single-camera comedy if it makes it to the series stage. The second is another multi-camera comedy from Whitneyís Scott Stuber.
Apparently, TV Land was getting this vibe, too, because the network has unveiled a brand new logo to go with its also-new ďlaugh moreĒ tagline. The new look is meant to be fresher and updated, but is also meant to reflect the lighthearted, comedic outlook that TV Land has been trying to portray in recent months.
Ralph Macchio may forever be known for his iconic role as Daniel LaRusso in the original Karate Kid movies, but the actor has popped up from time to time in various roles over the last decade. Coming soon, heís set to appear in an episode of Happily Divorced, playing a potential love interest to Fran Drescherís character.
Amazon made a move towards expanding their streaming content for Amazon Prime subscribers with an announcement today on a deal with networks like Comedy Central and Nickelodeon that will bring more than 2000 new titles to the Amazon Instant Video streaming library. Should Netflix be looking in their rear-view mirror?
Betty White is celebrating her 90th birthday, and she has plenty more to celebrate as well; her television career is still going strong. Along with Hot in Clevelandís win for Best Cable Comedy Series at the Peopleís Choice Awards last night, TV Land has renewed the sitcom, promising a fourth season. Theyíve also picked up a spinoff starring Cedric the Entertainer.
TV Landís Hot in Cleveland is already chock full of seasoned comedic actors, among which are Betty White, Wendie Malick, and Valerie Bertinelli. Who better to join them than the ultra talented and especially funny Liza Minnelli? Word is, Minnelli is set to guest-star in the series in its third season. Spoilers ahead!
after shopping its anchor show, TV Land had been in talks since the summer with CBS TV Distribution to pick up the show. Now, the network has landed a contract with CBS TV Distribution, who will now be able to find a syndication time slot for the show. If youíre a fan of Betty White, itís likely youíll be seeing more of her.