Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Hot in Cleveland' TV Land Series Returns with a Live Episode and a Couple of Reunions

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Hot in Cleveland' TV Land Series Returns with a Live Episode and a Couple of Reunions

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PASADENA, Calif. -- The stars of TV Land's "Hot in Cleveland" had mixed reactions to news that they'll be performing in a live episode this week. TV Land executives announced the stunt in November, and in January a nervous anticipation had set in for some of the show's leading actresses.

"My first reaction was I'm absolutely so excited," said Jane Leeves ("Frasier"). "And my second reaction is, 'Oh good God!' I keep switching back and forth between fear and excitement."

Wendie Malick was simply excited.

"I think it's going to really be a boost for all of us," she said in January during the Television Critics Association winter press tour. "It's always fun when the audience is there, and that will just be an audience of many millions."

Valerie Bertinelli was still noodling through the logistics of how cast and crew will even manage to produce a live episode.

"It takes us 21/2 to four hours to shoot our show, so I'm trying to figure out how we're gonna do it in 20 minutes because we've never done it in 20 minutes," she said. "I'm analyzing it. I think too much. I definitely overthink things."

For series regular Betty White, a live show takes her back to the early days of the medium when she hosted a live local telecast for 51/2 hours each day.

"I'm looking forward to it. I love to do live television because it puts you on an edge where there's a little panic that goes on in here," she said, pointing to her stomach.

"That's the feeling I don't like," Ms. Bertinelli replied

"You said it right earlier: Once you have a job to do, you do it," Ms. White said. "You're nervous now, but once you're into the show, I bet you won't be nervous."

"Right, the next six months will just be torture for me before we start rehearsing it," Ms. Bertinelli said.

Thursday's live season premiere picks up where the winter season finale left off. Joy (Ms. Leeves) discovered that Elka (Ms. White) and Mamie (Georgia Engel) started a service for Cleveland's seniors that grew into a storm cellar full of prescription drugs.

Melanie (Ms. Bertinelli), Victoria (Ms. Malick) and Joy try to help in an episode that will feature mobsters, mistaken identity and special guest stars.

Carol Burnett and Tim Conway will guest star in the June 26 "Hot in Cleveland" episode. …

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