What TV Land Says about “Hot in Cleveland”:
“Hot in Cleveland” starring Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and Betty White will begin on Monday, May 10. The 10 episode series premieres June 16 at 10pm on TV Land. The sitcom is TV Land’s first foray into scripted comedy series and is a TV Land PRIME presentation. “Hot in Cleveland” is executive produced by Emmy(R) Award-winner Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner of Hazy Mills Productions and is helmed by Emmy(R) Award-winning Suzanne Martin (“Frasier,” “Ellen”) serving as executive producer, show runner and writer. “Hot In Cleveland” revolves around three fabulous best friends from LA – novelist Melanie Moretti (Bertinelli), eye-brow archer to the stars Joy Scroggs (Leeves) and former soap star Victoria Chase (Malick) – who find their lives changed forever when their plane, headed for Paris, makes an unexpected landing. When the friends discover that they are hot in Cleveland, they decide to stay. Starting over, they rent a house that happens to come with a very feisty caretaker (White).
What’s Good: When the news that TV Land was trying original comedy and hired the likes of Valerie Bertinelli, Betty White (icon), Jane Leeves (forever our love from Fraiser), and one of my favorite comedic actress of all time Wendie Malick (Nina Van Horne, how I miss you and Just Shoot Me), I was surprisingly uninterested. I went in with that attitude when I watched the pilot the other day, and came out, interested! The ladies bring it and show us why we loved them for song long and the subject, glamorous ladies from LA, going on a girls weekend in Paris and end up living in Cleveland works. The pilot made me laugh and that is really what I wanted and I am excited to see all the guest stars lined up such as Susan Lucci, Carl Reiner, Huey Lewis, Amy Yesbeck, and John Schnieder who appears in the pilot in a pivotal role.
Just to let you know, if you tune in, prepare to love Malick’s Victoria Chase, she is a washed out soap star (perfect right?) who is in a bitter rivalry with Lucci over the Emmy and provides the most laughs (Sorry, Betty).
What’s Not: The show is nothing new and maybe old and is geared toward the TV Land audience. That plays to its disadvantage when it reuses and restates jokes multiple times in the pilot. Also, to nitpick, the ladies are very similar in look and I quickly confused them for sisters and not friends.
Should You Watch: Yes if only because of the actresses involved. Great talent, solid possibilities, plus Betty White. Hot in Cleveland premieres Wednesday at 10/9c on TV Land.