The live show will be paired with one on "Soul Man." The official word: TV Land announced today a LIVE television event: one hilarious hour with two LIVE back-to-back season premieres of original sitcoms – “Hot in Cleveland” and “The Soul Man.” “Hot in Cleveland” will go LIVE on Wednesday, March 26th at 10pm ET, and “The Soul Man” will follow at 10:30pm ET.
“The Soul Man,” a spin-off of “Hot in Cleveland,” stars Cedric “The Entertainer” as Reverend Boyce Ballentine, a character that originated as Elka Ostrovsky’s (Betty White, “Hot in Cleveland”) pastor. Their characters will again cross over into each other’s worlds during the live shows. The West Coast will get the live-to-tape versions beginning at 10pm PT.
“We shoot in front of a live studio audience every week, but nothing is more exciting than working without a net,” said Larry W. Jones, President, TV Land. “The thrill of knowing that viewers at home are seeing exactly what’s happening live on stage really amps up the pressure and makes the energy on set electrifying.”
“Hot in Cleveland” premiered their last season with a live episode on June 19, 2013. Guest stars in this episode included Brian Baumgartner (“The Office”), Danny Pudi (“Community”), Shirley Jones (“The Partridge Family”) and “Star Trek” legend William Shatner, and the episode averaged 2.7 million total viewers (Source: Nielsen, L+7).
The official word on the animation: TV Land has announced today that it will produce an animated episode of its hit original sitcom “Hot in Cleveland.” Animation Studio Titmouse, Inc. will create the art for the episode, which will be part of the fifth season of the series.
“Viewers love that we take their favorite sitcom stars and put them in our original sitcoms, so we’re sure they are going to love seeing these characters in an entirely new, animated universe,” said Larry W. Jones, President, TV Land.
The animated episode (appropriately titled “The Animated Episode,”) will see Melanie (Valerie Bertinelli), Joy (Jane Leeves), Victoria (Wendie Malick) and Elka (Betty White) as cartoon characters embarking on an around-the-world adventure. The magic starts at Elka’s apartment, which before now has been a mystery to Melanie, Joy and Victoria…and they soon find out why. From there the women go on a psychedelic romp through pop culture hits, including scenes with homages to “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory,” “The Walking Dead” and “Frankenstein.”
“Hot in Cleveland” revolves around three fabulous best friends from LA – Melanie Moretti, Joy Scroggs, and Victoria Chase – who find their lives changed forever when their plane, headed for Paris, makes an emergency landing in Cleveland. When the friends discover that life is better in Cleveland, they decide to stay. Starting over together, they rent a house that happens to come with a very opinioned caretaker, Elka Ostrovsky.