Monday, April 11, 2011

2011 TV Land Awards Recap, Ceremony To Air April 17; Fox Picks-Up Second Season of Bob's Burgers

Celebrity icons from television, film and music joined TV Land last night for the taping of the 2011 TV Land Awards, which, for the first time in the award show's nine-year history, was held in New York. The show, which premieres on TV Land on Sunday, April 17 at 9pm ET/PT, kicked off with a surprise performance by legendary entertainer Liza Minnelli, who performed her rendition of the classic tune "New York, New York." Barbara Walters, Stevie Wonder, Ben Stiller, Jane Lynch, Paul Reiser, Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and the cast of The Real Housewives of New York joined in on the extravaganza at the Jacob Javits Center to honor: entertainment icon Regis Philbin (Legend Award), platinum recording artists Daryl Hall and John Oates (Music Icon Award), and the beloved casts of The Cosby Show (Impact Award), Family Ties (Fan Favorite Award), Welcome Back, Kotter (35th Anniversary Award) and The Facts of Life (Pop Culture Award).
Other memorable moments in the evening included an impromptu performance of "Higher Ground" by music legend Stevie Wonder, famed singer Billy Vera singing "At This Moment," "Alex" and "Ellen's" (real life husband and wife Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan) "song" from Family Ties and the annual TV Land parody: a hilarious parody of the Oscar®-winning film The King's Speech starring Cindy Brady (actress Susan Olsen), which played on the memorable episode of The Brady Bunch in which Cindy deals with her lisp. The Real Housewives of New York City – Cindy Barshop, Kelly Bensimon, LuAnn De Lesseps, Alex McCord, Sonja Morgan, Ramona Singer and Jill Zarin – presented a tribute to television housewives throughout the years, which ended with a shot of Joyce Randolph (who played Trixie on The Honeymooners) in the audience.

The main awards recap: Emmy® Award-winner Jane Lynch, whose own hit show Glee takes place at a high school, presented the cast of Welcome Back, Kotter with the 35th Anniversary Award. Golden Globe®-winner and two-time Academy Award® nominee John Travolta reunited with co-stars Gabe Kaplan, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Robert Hegyes, Ellen Travolta and Marcia Strassman to accept the award for the popular edgy sitcom which ran from 1975-1979.
Presented by musical prodigy Stevie Wonder, The Impact Award is given to a show that offered both entertainment and enlightenment, with comedy that reflected reality. The Cosby Show cast – Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Tempestt Bledsoe, Sabrina LeBeauf, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Raven Symone, Geoffrey Owens and Malcolm-Jamal Warner – accepted the award.
A legend herself, Barbara Walters presented this award to Regis Philbin (LIVE! with Regis and Kelly, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?), whose career in television has spanned over 50 years and two Emmy® Awards.
Popular television star Paul Reiser (Mad About You) presented this award to "Rock 'N Soul" pioneers and platinum recording artists Daryl Hall and John Oates. The duo received the award for their contribution to music, having sold over 60 million albums worldwide and eight number one singles throughout their long and successful careers. Daryl Hall and John Oates also performed three of their number one singles – "Rich Girl," "Kiss on My List" and "You Make My Dreams."
Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick – the stars of TV Land's Hot in Cleveland – presented The Facts of Life cast, including Charlotte Rae, Mindy Cohn, Kim Fields, Nancy McKeon, Lisa Whelchel, Cloris Leachman and Geri Jewell, with The Pop Culture Award. Their memorable characters along with that catchy theme song made The Facts of Life soar to pop culture status in the 1980s.
And finally, the Fan Favorite Award was presented to the Family Ties cast by comedian extraordinaire Ben Stiller. The show won the hearts of viewers everywhere as the fictional Keaton family humorously struggled to deal with a new generation gap and political differences in the 1980s. Cast members Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter, Justine Bateman, Tina Yothers, Tracy Pollan and Marc Price accepted, and singer Billy Vera gave a moving performance of "At This Moment."
Don't forget to tune in to watch the entire 2011 TV Land Awards on Sunday (April 17) at 9pm only on TV Land! You can also watch reunions of some of these recipients this week! Welcome Back, Kotter cast reunited this morning on ABC's Good Morning America. Watch it on the GMA webpage, if you missed it. Tomorrow, the cast of The Facts of Life will reunite on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and the cast of Family Ties will reunite on The Joy Behar Show on Tuesday at 10 on HLN. No word yet if the cast of The Cosby Show will be reuniting anywhere else.

Fox Animation Domination newcomer Bob's Burgers has been renewed for a second season, for the 2011-2012 season. The series is almost near the end of its first season, with episode ten airing last night on Fox. The series will return in May for the final three episodes of the season starting May 8.
The animated comedy follows a third-generation restaurateur as he runs his own burger joint with the help of his wife and their three kids. Bob has big ideas about burgers, condiments and sides, but only a few thoughts on customer service and business management. Despite his greasy counters, lousy location and occasionally spotty service, Bob is convinced his burgers speak for themselves. The animated series features the voice talents of H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Sunday, August 25

Last Man Standing - "The Courtship of Vanessa's Mother" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Vanessa's mother comes to visit and hits it off with Ed; Mandy and Kyle tutor Boyd, but they may be the ones getting outsmarted.

Last Man Standing - "Dreams vs. Realty" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Mandy nearly gives up on her dream of becoming a fashion designer when she is faced with rejection; Vanessa looks back at her own career path, which stirs up regrets; Mike steps in to help the women in his family realize their dreams.

The Simpsons - "Crystal Blue-Haired Persuasion" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After Homer's work cuts children's health care benefits, Marge turns to buying healing crystals as a cheaper solution for Bart's ADD; Bart begins to succeed in school, prompting Marge to open her own crystals empire and sell to mothers at school.

What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage - "Neighbor" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Fred struggles to discuss the mysterious cliffhanger from "The Flare" and speak with his guests because of a new noisy neighbor on the stage next door; Eric Stonestreet and Randall Park stop by.

Family Guy - "Trans-Fat" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Peter is mistakenly identified as transgender, which leads to an unexpected event and him learning an important lesson.

What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage - "Elevator" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Fred gets stuck in an elevator and is unable to host the show, Taylor must face her biggest fear: hosting the show alone; Ike Barinholz, Jillian Bell and Taran Killam stop by.

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Sunday, August 25

  • Adam DeVine (Workaholics/Modern Family) - Catch Adam on a repeat of Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.


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