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THE PROGRAMMING INSIDER

Thursday, January 6, 2011

 

LIVE FROM THE TCA WINTER PRESS TOUR IN PASADENA

 

On the Winter Press Tour Menu:

Day One of Cable

 

Prime-Time Metered Market Wednesday Ratings:

CBS Wins; Respectable People’s Choice Awards  

 

Ratings Box:

What’s Hot/What’s Not

 

On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options 

 

TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest

 

TV Trivia Time:

A New Locale

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On the Winter Press Tour Menu:

Day One of Cable

 

MTV NETWORKS

 

First up at MTV was a session with the stars of upcoming TV Land sitcom Retired at 35…George Segal, Jessica Walter, Johnathan McClain, Josh McDermitt and Ryan Michelle Bathe…and executive producer Chris Case. As expected, the focus was on comedy and why the format is growing significantly on cable. 

 

“I feel like when I write something, I want it to feel contemporary,” said Chris Case. “So, I feel like it’s really missing from the big networks. People sort of walked away from it except for CBS, and if you look at their success, other places should be doing these types of shows.”

 

“With the decline of the sitcom, it freed up all of these showrunners, which we were able to get,” added George Segal. “So, the quality of the writing is breathtakingly high.”

 

The sitcom floodgates on cable, no doubt, are open thanks to the success of Hot in Cleveland, which was up next in a panel with Valerie Bertinelli, Janes Leeves, Wendie Malick, Betty White and show-runner Suzanne Martin. The upcoming 20-episode season of Hot in Cleveland will be broken out in two parts, with the first batch of 10 episodes bowing on Wednesday, Jan. 19 and the second half on Wednesday, June 15. And TV Land is gearing up production on three pilots – Ex Men, Rip City and Happily Divorced, from Fran Drescher and ex-husband and co-The Nanny creator Peter Marc Jacobsen. One of the three is expected to air out of Hot in Cleveland in June. 

 

In an unprecedented network event, Hot in Cleveland will feature a crossover with daytime ABC serial All My Children. The story will revolve around Wendie Malick’s character, Victoria Chase, and her industry nemesis, Susan Lucci. The two-part Hot in Cleveland episodes will air on TV Land on Feb. 16 and 23 at 10 p.m., ET, followed by the All My Children at 1 p.m. ET on Feb. 24.

 

As expected, beloved Betty White had the lion’s share of questions at the Hot in Cleveland panel, including her show business ethic. “It’s hard for me to say no to a job because you spend your career thinking if you say no, they will never ask you again, and if you don’t take the job, you know, that may be the end of it,” said White. “My mother taught me to say no when I was a girl, but it was not about show business.” (Laughter)

 

Immediately following White and company was Betty’s former Mary Tyler Moore co-star, Ed Asner, in a session on upcoming CMT sitcom Working Class. When asked where he houses his seven Emmys, Asner joked, “I just read that Cloris Leachman has eight Emmys. Bitch. Well, you know, if you want to act nuts like she does, I guess you can get those.”

 

Working Class premieres on CMT on Friday, Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. ET.

 

Separately, TV Land announced that the ninth annual TV Land Awards will be taped later this year in New York and feature tributes to The Cosby Show and Family Ties.

 
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TV GUIDE NETWORK

 

I don’t like to just a book by just seeing its cover, so to speak. But in an item that just begs to answer the question “what will they think of next?,” TV Guide Network will introduce a new docu-soap called The Nail Files, which focuses on the happenings at celebrity filled nail salon, “The Painted Nail.” Since it is produced by SallyAnn Salsano of 495 Productions (home of Jersey Shore), don’t be too surprised if one of the housemates pops in for a visit.