TV Land staged an historic reunion of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” on “Hot in Cleveland,” and TV fans will finally see the results on tonight at 10 p.m. Read More
When Laura Hobson found out she won a walk-on role on TV Land’s hit sitcom “Hot in Cleveland,” she was shocked beyond words.
“I was laughing because I didn’t know what would come of this and I was overwhelmed by everyone calling and emailing me about the news,” said Hobson, Coordinator, Integrated Marketing for Viacom Entertainment Group. Read More
Hollywood’s biggest names turned out to see Shirley MacLaine receive the prestigious American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award at a recent black tie gala at Sony Pictures Studios, the taping of which will air on TV Land tomorrow. Read More
Call it “reel love,” if you will. TV Land’s “Coming Soon to a Theater Near You” explores the strong connection 40-54-year-olds have to the movies, revealing a rise in movie-going behaviors for this group. The research takes a look at their distinctive set of movie-going attitudes and preferences, and how impactful movie advertising is on their awareness of new movies. Read More
If you caught the 2012 TV Land Awards, you saw host Kelly Ripa partake in 13 costume changes, from Lucille Ball to Jane Lynch’s Sue Sylvester character on Glee. You heard Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin “bring down the house,” and house band The B-52′s fire up infectious hits like “Love Shack” and “Rock Lobster.” And most likely, you felt the deep sense of appreciation that imbued the show.
Certainly, there was fanfare — there’s bound to be at a nightclub where Fran Drescher pronounces two contest winners “husband and husband.”
The same sex wedding ceremony, officiated by Drescher, tied the knot for Russell Kemp and Tom Whalen, Fran fans and winners of TV Land’s “‘Love is Love’ Gay Marriage Contest.” The event came on the eve of the second season premiere of Happily Divorced, and doubled as both a celebration of the new season and a public display of Drescher’s support for marriage equality for the LGBT community.
Interesting piece in Monday’s New York Times from Bill Carter and Brian Stelter on the sizeable shifts we see in the standings for TV’s top-rated shows when Nielsen’s Live+7 ratings — or, ratings that factor in seven days of added viewing through DVR playback — are compared to the Nielsen Live ratings most commonly used to rank programming.
As their case in point, Carter and Stelter note that, while Fox’s American Idol and NBC’s The Voice still rule the roost in Live ratings, ABC’s Modern Family takes the top spot when we look at Live+7 ratings.
Love the quote from one of Modern Family’s creators in acknowledging this victory, because it hints at a broader trend that we’re seeing across our own networks:
“On behalf of all the comedies that were wiped out by ‘Idol’ over the past 10 years, it’s very gratifying,” said Steve Levitan, one of the creators of “Modern Family.”
That trend is how much strength comedy programming — in particular, sitcoms — gains in ratings when DVR playback is factored in. By all accounts, the sitcom — once left for dead — has made a Lazarus-like recovery across broadcast and cable. But that recovery is even more impressive when you factor in DVR playback.