TV Land Awards celebrates nostalgia
Glee, Love Boat, Bosom Buddies, Everybody Loves Raymond and Charlie’s Angels get the spotlight and TV Land Awards
The 8th annual TV Land Awards hosted by Tim Allen (airing April 25), was a star-studded celebration of classic shows and veteran performers. So what was the cast of Glee doing at the party for all things vintage?
The stars from the hot FOX musical series Glee were there to pick up TV Land’s Future Classic Award presented by Paula Abdul. But the big surprise for the Glee castmates was watching a tribute to them by the new “TV Land Glee Club,” put together just for the special night.
Taking a cue from the Glee kids, the TV Land Awards finale was a performance by the “TV Land Glee Club,” with stars from classic TV shows. Shirley Jones, Marion Ross, Richard Karn, Fred Willard, Jamie Farr, Marla Gibbs, Marcia Wallace, Howard Hesseman, Richard Moll, Jimmy Walker, Todd Bridges, Joyce Dewitt, Marilu Henner and David Hasselhoff made up the awesome senior choir.
They performed a rollicking version of Glee’s anthem, “Don’t Stop Believin’” which rocked Stage 15 at Sony Studios.
Earlier at the event, another musical highlight was Debbie Harry and Blondie performing “One Way or Another.”
The TV Land Awards had a great cruise ship production number that had singer Jack Jones belting out the signature Love Boat theme from the classic series, which was honored with the Fan Favorite Award.
On the red carpet Jack got nostalgic talking about guest starring on a Christmas episode of The Love Boat with his dad Allan Jones, along with WWII pinup girl Dorothy Lamour. It was a classic.
The ship’s crew was also on hand to be honored. Original cast members Bernie Kopell, Fred Grandy, Ted Lange, Ted McGinley, Lauren Tewes, Jill Whelan and popular “Cuchi-cuchi” guest star Charo accepted the award.
It was presented by Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and Betty White, the stars of TV Land’s upcoming sitcom Hot in Cleveland, which may become a “future classic.”
Another wonderful show honored was Everybody Loves Raymond, which picked up the Impact Award. When Bob Newhart made the presentation, producer-creator Phil Rosenthal was beaming, as was his wife actress Monica Horan, who played Brad Garrett’s ultra-sweet soul-mate Amy. Phil admitted that a lot of the comedy came from their own crazy-funny marriage experiences.
Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett, Doris Roberts, and the kids Madylin Sweeten, Sawyer Sweeten and Sullivan Sweeten were also there and expressed how much they missed Peter Boyle.
Jay Leno gave out the Anniversary Award to the cast of Bosom Buddies, and Tom Hank was happy to reminisce with his castmates Peter Scolari, Donna Dixon, Telma Hopkins and Holland Taylor.
The Pop Culture Award was presented by Pamela Anderson to Charlie’s Angels cast members Cheryl Ladd and Jaclyn Smith. A touching tribute to Farrah Fawcett was made with Ryan O’Neal introducing film clips.
Ryan reported that he is working on a documentary about his late wife Farrah. He said, “It will just be about her life and work and her beauty, not about the cancer.”
Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner got the Legend Award handed to them by Billy Crystal who was happy to pay tribute to the comedy icons and their classic routines. It was a great night for nostalgia.