- Hot in Cleveland
Hot in Cleveland
Genre Sitcom Created by Suzanne Martin Starring Valerie Bertinelli
Composer(s) Ron Wasserman
Country of origin United States Language(s) English No. of seasons 2 No. of episodes 32 (List of episodes) Production Executive producer(s) Suzanne Martin
Larry W. Jones
Producer(s) Bob Heath
Camera setup Multi-camera Running time Approx. 22 minutes
Production company(s) Hazy Mills Productions
Broadcast Original channel TV Land Picture format 480i (SDTV) Original run June 16, 2010– present External links Website
Hot in Cleveland is an American sitcom on TV Land starring Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and Betty White. The series, which is TV Land's first original scripted series, premiered on June 16, 2010, and was TV Land's highest rated telecast in the cable network's 14-year history. The series premiered June 16, 2010, and was picked up for ten episodes. On July 7, 2010, TV Land announced that the show had been renewed for a second season, which began production on 20 episodes on November 1, 2010, and premiered January 19, 2011. On February 28, 2011, TV Land renewed the show for a third season to consist of 22 episodes. On March 21, 2011, TV Land announced that the third season order was increased to 24 episodes.
The show was created by Suzanne Martin (Frasier, Ellen) and is executive produced by Martin, Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner, through their production companies SamJen Productions and Hazy Mills Productions, and is produced in association with TV Land. The concept behind the show is based on an original idea by Lynda Obst, who serves as Executive Producer. The series is recorded in front of a live studio audience at CBS's Studio City in Los Angeles using a multi-camera format.
The series centers on three past-their-prime entertainment industry veterans from Los Angeles whose lives are changed when their Paris-bound plane lands in Cleveland, Ohio. There they find a welcoming community that is less shallow, youth-obsessed and weight-conscious than Hollywood. Melanie leases a home with a sassy caretaker.
- Valerie Bertinelli as Melanie Hope Moretti, a writer and mother of college-age kids, named Will and Samantha, who, depressed by her divorce, boards a plane to Paris in the pilot episode to find love. However, when the plane makes an emergency landing in Cleveland, Melanie loves the city and its people so much that she decides to stay and live there.
- Jane Leeves as Rejoyla "Joy" Scroggs, a never-married beautician, known as the "Eyebrow Queen of Beverly Hills", who counts among her clients stars such as Oprah Winfrey and Ryan Seacrest. Joy's mother, who lives in England, is highly critical of her. She had a son, Owen, when she was 15, but put him up for adoption. In the first season finale, Joy receives a message from her son, but a tornado prevents her from contacting him.
- Wendie Malick as Victoria Chase, a five-time-divorced, Emmy Award-winning soap opera star whose 27-year running show, Edge of Tomorrow, was recently canceled, leaving her to lament that her only career opportunities are playing Megan Fox's grandmother and Melanie Griffith's mother (in separate projects), and promoting adult underpants in Japan. In "The Play's The Thing", after helping out in a high school play, Victoria accepts a job as the school's drama teacher. In Season 2, she becomes a reporter for Oh, Hi, Ohio, a local news magazine program. She has three children: Emmy, an actress, Oscar, and Tony, a civil engineer.
- Betty White as Elka Ostrovsky, an elderly Polish caretaker whose judgmental retorts to the other women in the pilot reveal an astringent demeanor and allude to a storied life, including escaping from the Nazis, an active sex life, being an alcoholic, and possibly using marijuana. It is revealed in the first season finale that her late husband had mob connections, and that the smell of marijuana came from the polish of his stolen goods. In the season 2 finale her "dead" husband suprisingly shows up at her wedding to Fred. White was only expected to have a guest role in the pilot episode, but her performance was so well-received that the producers decided to make her a regular.
- Wayne Knight as Rick, the girls' neighbor and a reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Rick has slept with Joy, but professes in Season 2 that he is more attracted to Melanie.
- Carl Reiner as Max, Elka's on-again/off-again (mostly off) fiancé.
- Susan Lucci as a satirical version of herself, who constantly feuds with Victoria.
Guest stars during the first season have included Shirley Knight as Melanie's overprotective mother, Loretta; Hal Linden as Victoria's womanizing actor father, Alex; singer Joe Jonas as Melanie's son, Will; Carl Reiner as Max, Elka's boyfriend; Bil Dwyer as Melanie's ex-husband Anders; and Juliet Mills as Joy's critical mother, Philippa. Other first season guest stars include John Schneider, Wayne Knight, Robert Gant, Huey Lewis, Amy Yasbeck, Tim Conway, Mark Indelicato, David Starzyk, Gary Anthony Williams, Dave Foley, and Susan Lucci.
For the second season, Mary Tyler Moore guest starred in the season premiere, in which her character is somewhat connected with Elka in the wake of the latter's arrest in the first season finale. This marked the first time since 1977, when The Mary Tyler Moore Show ended, that White and Moore worked together. (The two did appear in the same episode of The Ellen Show entitled "Ellen's First Christmas," although they did not have a scene together.) Ed Asner, who played Lou Grant, also made a cameo appearance at the end of same Hot in Cleveland episode in which Moore appears. Sherri Shepherd appeared in two episodes as the judge in Elka's competency case. David Starzyk, John Schneider, Huey Lewis and Carl Reiner all reprise their roles from Season 1. Bonnie Franklin also guest starred as Melanie's ex-boyfriend's mother, Franklin reuniting with One Day at a Time co-star Valerie Bertinelli. On July 20, 2011, Doris Roberts appeared as Lydia Dombrosky, Elka's nemisis. Jennifer Love Hewitt guest starred as Victoria's daughter Emmy. Buck Henry appeared in multiple episodes as Elka's love interest and eventual fiancee. Jimmy Kimmel and Melanie Griffith made guest appearances as themselves. Illeana Douglas, Jack Wagner, Michael E. Knight, Peri Gilpin, Monica Horan, Frank Caliendo, Cedric the Entertainer and Darnell Williams also appeared on the show as guest stars. Don Rickles made a surprise appearance as Elka's dead husband in the Season 2 Finale, "Elka's Wedding."
Season three will feature guest stars such as Sean Hayes, Kathie Lee Gifford, Sandra Bernhard, and Laura San Giacomo. The season will also feature the return of guests Jennifer Love Hewitt, Joe Jonas, John Mahoney, and Don Rickles.
Hot in Cleveland is TV Land's first venture into scripted comedy and is produced by Sean Hayes's Hazy Mills Productions and written by Suzanne Martin, who also serves as the showrunner. It is shot with a multicamera setup in front of a live studio audience at the CBS Studio City soundstage.
TV Land announced that the show was renewed for a second season on July 7, 2010. Production of the 20 episodes for season 2 began on November 1, 2010, with a scheduled January 19, 2011, premiere. White is reportedly earning $75,000 per episode for the series.
Comparisons with The Golden Girls
Hot in Cleveland has been referred to as a modern spin on the classic 1980s television series The Golden Girls in which actress Betty White played a starring role. Craig Berman of Today stated that the show is "as close as we're likely to get to a repeat of White's 1980s ensemble comedy hit, The Golden Girls ... [TV Land] the network known as the refuge for people looking to fall asleep to reruns of shows from their childhood has made its first scripted program a modern version of the classic sitcom premise." Alessandra Stanley of The New York Times commented: "This is the first original scripted comedy on TV Land, a network that was founded on reruns. So not surprisingly, Hot in Cleveland is a pastiche of classics – a little bit Cheers and Frasier, a little bit The Golden Girls." Michael Musto of The Village Voice wrote: "Wendy [sic] Malick is basically the modern-day Bea Arthur. Sweet-faced Valerie Bertinelli is the new Betty White. Been-around Jane Leeves is the nouveau Rue McClanahan. And witheringly sarcastic Golden Girl Betty White has turned into Estelle Getty."
Awards and nominations
Betty White received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for her role as Elka Ostrovsky, and went on to win the award. The cast received a nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
On May 17, 2011, TV Land entered the show in the race for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards. The show submitted for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for all four leading women, to reinforce the idea of an ensemble cast. The show also submitted in technical categories.
On July 14, 2011, the show received two Primetime Emmy nominations, including Betty White getting nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series.
Award Ceremony Year Category Nominee Result Source The Comedy Awards 2011 Best Actress in a TV Comedy Betty White Nominated  Emmy Awards 2011 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated  Outstanding Art Direction for a Multi-Camera Series Michael Andrew Hynes and Maralee Zediker
(for "Sisterhood of the Traveling SPANX©", "I Love Lucci: Part Two"
and "LeBron is Le Gone")
Won Gracie Allen Awards 2011 Best Actress in a Comedy Series Betty White Won  Screen Actors Guild Awards 2011 Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Won  Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick & Betty White Nominated
The series premiere of Hot in Cleveland was a ratings success for TV Land. It earned 1.9 rating and averaged 2 million viewers among the network's target adults 25-54 audience and also averaged 1.3 million among women 25-54. It drew a total of 4.75 million viewers making it the most watched show in TV Land history.
Season Timeslot (ET/PT) # Ep. Premiered Ended TV Season Viewers
Season 1 Wednesday 10PM 10 June 16, 2010 4.75 August 18, 2010 3.40 2010 4.2 Season 2 Wednesday 10PM 22  January 19, 2011 2.95 August 31, 2011 2.44 2011 TBA
DVD Name Region 1 Release Date Region 2 Release Date Region 4 Release Date Ep # Discs Additional Information Season 1 January 11, 2011 April 25, 2011 February 17, 2011 10 2 Original full-length pilot, bloopers, wardrobe featurette, "We Love Our Age" featurette, set tour, Victoria's full-length Japanese "lady pants" commercial, episode of "Retired at 35". Season 2 November 29, 2011 August 29, 2011 (Part 1), December, 2011 (Part 2) N/A 22 3 "Hot" extras that includes cast interviews and much more!
On June 22, 2010, it was announced that Endemol will distribute Hot in Cleveland internationally. The show began broadcasting on July 5, 2010, in Canada on CTV and on July 9 on The Comedy Network. It began broadcasting on July 26, 2010, in Australia on the Nine Network and CNBC-e in Turkey at 2010. In the UK and Ireland, the series began airing on Sky Living on February 15, 2011. In former Yugoslavian countries, the series began broadcasting on FOX life on April 5, 2011, and in Norway it began broadcasting on TV3 on June 9, 2011.  In South Africa it began broadcasting on M-Net on July 8, 2011.
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