Hot in Cleveland

Hot in Cleveland is an American sitcom on TV Land starring Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick, and Betty White.

The series, which was TV Land's first original scripted series, premiered on June 16, 2010, and was TV Land's highest rated telecast in the cable network's 14-year history. The series was picked up for ten episodes.[1] On May 1, 2014, TV Land renewed Hot in Cleveland for a sixth season[2] and confirmed the following November that it would be the show's last.[3] The series ran for 128 episodes, with the hour-long final episode airing on June 3, 2015.

The series was created by Suzanne Martin and is executive produced by Martin, Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner, through their production companies SamJen Productions and Hazy Mills Productions, and is produced in association with TV Land. The concept behind the show was based on an original idea by Lynda Obst, who serves as executive producer. The series was recorded in front of a live studio audience at CBS's Studio Center in Studio City, California.

Hot in Cleveland
Hot in Cleveland title
Created bySuzanne Martin
StarringValerie Bertinelli
Jane Leeves
Wendie Malick
Betty White
Composer(s)Ron Wasserman
Emerson Swinford
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes128 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Suzanne Martin
Sean Hayes
Todd Milliner
Lynda Obst
Larry W. Jones
Keith Cox
Producer(s)Bob Heath
Liz Feldman (season 1)
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running timeApprox. 22 minutes
(without commercials)
Approx. 46+ p
(hour-long final episode)
Production company(s)Hazy Mills Productions
SamJen Productions
TV Land Original Productions
DistributorCBS Television Distribution (USA)
Endemol (Non-USA)
Original networkTV Land
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseJune 16, 2010 –
June 3, 2015
External links


The series centers on three aging entertainment industry veterans from Los Angeles, Melanie (Valerie Bertinelli), Joy (Jane Leeves), and Victoria (Wendie Malick). The three women find a more welcoming and less shallow and youth-obsessed community in Cleveland, Ohio, where, as seen in the pilot episode, their Paris-bound plane makes an emergency landing. They decide to stay and lease a home where sassy caretaker Elka (Betty White) still lives in the guest house.

Cast and characters

Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves, and Betty White in August 2012

Main cast

  • Valerie Bertinelli as Melanie Hope Moretti, a writer and mother of college-age kids Will and Jenna. Depressed by her divorce, she boards a plane to Paris in the pilot episode to find love. However, when the plane makes an emergency landing in Cleveland, Melanie loves the city and its people so much that she decides to stay. Melanie discovers she is pregnant at the end of season 4 with Alec's baby; however, it turns out that she has a brain tumor, which caused symptoms that affected her pregnancy test.[4][5]
  • Jane Leeves as Rejoyla "Joy" Scroggs, a never-married beautician, known as the "Eyebrow Queen of Beverly Hills", who counts among her clients stars such as Oprah Winfrey and Ryan Seacrest.[4] Joy's mother, who lives in England, is highly critical of her.[4][5] She had a son, Owen, when she was 15, but put him up for adoption.[6] In the first season finale, Joy receives a message from her son, but a tornado prevents her from contacting him.[7] Her son finally comes to visit her in Season 2, with disastrous results. At the end of season 3 a baby is left on the women's doorstep. This baby is revealed in season 4 as Joy's grandson Wilbur. At the end of season 4, Joy's "Baby-Daddy" Simon shows up and wants to get back together. Joy eventually marries her quirky boss, Bob, in the series finale.
  • Wendie Malick as Victoria Chase, a six-time-divorced, Daytime Emmy and Oscar Award-winning[8] actress who is famous for playing the lead role of Honor St. Raven in the 27-year running soap opera, Edge of Tomorrow. With the show recently canceled, Victoria laments that her only career opportunities are playing Megan Fox's grandmother[4][5] and Melanie Griffith's mother[9] (in separate projects), and promoting adult underpants in Japan.[10] She has also appeared in numerous Lifetime movies, the titles of which she brings up throughout the series. Her jobs in Cleveland have included high school drama teacher and reporter for Oh Hi, Ohio, a local news magazine program. In Season 4, she stars in a fictional Woody Allen movie, later marrying her co-star Emmett Lawson while he is in prison. Also in Season 4, someone reveals her real age, but it is bleeped and the character's mouth is obscured. She has two daughters, Emmy (an actress) and Oscar (a journalist), and one son named Tony (a software developer). She is sworn enemies with Susan Lucci and has fought Melanie Griffith.
  • Betty White as Elka Ostrovsky, an elderly Polish caretaker whose judgmental retorts to the other women in the pilot reveal an astringent demeanor and allude to a storied life, including escaping from the Nazis, an active sex life, heavy drinking, and possible marijuana use.[5] It is revealed in the first season finale that her late husband had mob connections, and that the smell of marijuana came from the polish of his stolen goods. In the season 2 finale her "dead" husband surprisingly shows up at her wedding to Fred. White was only expected to have a guest role in the pilot episode, but her performance was so well-received that the producers decided to make her a regular.[11] During season 3, her age is revealed, when she remarks in several episodes, "I'm 90." A running joke on the series is Elka's ability to attract men better than Joy does. Elka is elected to a Cleveland City Council seat in Season 5.

Recurring cast

  • Wayne Knight as Rick (season 1–2), the women's neighbor and a reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Rick has slept with Joy, but professes in Season 2 that he is more attracted to Melanie.
  • Carl Reiner as Max (season 1–3, 5), Elka's on-again/off-again (mostly off) boyfriend.
  • Susan Lucci (season 1–3; 5), as a fictionalized version of herself. A rival of Victoria's from their soap opera days, who is constantly competing with her.
  • Huey Lewis as Johnny Revere (season 1–3, 6), a famous musician who has an on/off sexual relationship with Victoria that dates back many years. Though the two have genuine affection for each other, career pursuits always got in the way of a lasting relationship. In the series finale, the two finally decide to settle down, and they get engaged.
  • Joe Jonas as Will (season 1; 3), Melanie's son, who is in college.
  • Juliet Mills as Philippa (season 1; 4–6), Joy's uptight and critical mother
  • Michael McMillian as Owen (season 2–6), Joy's son from a teenage pregnancy, whom she gave up for adoption. He has his own illegitimate son, Wilbur, in the fourth season.
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt as Emmy Chase (season 2–3; 5), Victoria's actress daughter. In the fifth season, it is revealed she is married and eight months pregnant with a daughter, named Melon, to whom she gives birth in the same episode. She played a cop named Cole in the TV series Cole's Law.
  • John Mahoney as Roy (season 2–3; 5), a waiter who flirts with Elka in season two. In season three, he fakes a murder investigation to get closer to Elka. The two start dating, and go on many adventures, including skydiving. They break up after Roy's mother disapproves of Elka, but get back together in season 5, albeit briefly.
  • Buck Henry as Fred (season 2–3), Elka's fiancé in season 2. Their wedding is halted before they say their vows after Elka's "dead" husband shockingly shows up.
  • James Patrick Stuart as Colin Cooper (season 2–3), Victoria's co-anchor on Oh Hi, Ohio, whom she finds annoying. He has an off/on relationship with Joy throughout the second and third seasons.
  • Jon Lovitz as Artie Firestone (season 2–3), a mentally unstable billionaire who is heir to the Firestone family fortune. In season two, while disowned by his family and homeless, he became engaged to Joy so she could get her green card. In season three, he began taking medication for his mental illness and was welcomed back into the Firestone family. The character's name and personal fortune is a reference to another character played by Lovitz, Artie Ziff, on The Simpsons.
  • Georgia Engel as Mamie-Sue Johnson (season 3–6), a naïve friend of Elka's. She and Elka run an illegal pharmacy in the fourth season.
  • Dave Foley as Detective Bob Moore (season 4–6), Joy's strange employer at a private detective agency where she works as a college intern. He quickly becomes infatuated with Joy. By Season 6, Joy finally reciprocates the feelings and the two get engaged. They get married and adopt a baby girl in the series finale.
  • Craig Ferguson as Simon (season 4–6), Joy's former lover, Owen's father, and Wilbur's grandfather, who comes back into her life unexpectedly.
  • Jay Harrington as Alec (season 4–5), Melanie's boss and love interest in the fourth season. He and Melanie break up amicably, so that he can have the chance to be a father.
  • Heather Locklear as Chloe (season 4), Alec's ex-wife who is still his business partner.
  • Alan Dale as Emmett Lawson (season 4), Victoria's on-screen and off-screen love interest during the fourth season. He proposes to Victoria, but is soon arrested for tax fraud. He and Victoria marry in prison in the season finale, but he escapes from prison disguised as her. He faked his death and is presumably still alive in a remote area of the world, but Victoria decides to move on without him.
  • Eddie Cibrian as Sean (season 4), Joy's fireman love interest.
  • Tim Daly as Mitch Turner (season 5), Joy's new boss after he takes over the detective agency from Bob. He later becomes Joy's boyfriend.
  • Bill Bellamy as Councilman Powell (season 5), a wheelchair-bound, former Ohio State University football star who holds a city council seat that Elka seeks.

Guest stars

Season 1

Guest stars during the first season included Shirley Knight as Melanie's overprotective mother, Loretta;[12] Hal Linden as Victoria's womanizing actor father, Alex; singer Joe Jonas as Melanie's son, Will;[13] Carl Reiner as Max, Elka's boyfriend;[12] Bil Dwyer as Melanie's ex-husband Anders; and Juliet Mills as Joy's critical mother, Philippa. Other first season guest stars include John Schneider, Wayne Knight, Robert Gant, Huey Lewis,[12] Amy Yasbeck, Tim Conway, Mark Indelicato, David Starzyk, Gary Anthony Williams, Dave Foley and Susan Lucci.[14]

Season 2

For the second season, Mary Tyler Moore guest starred in the season premiere as Elka's jail cellmate, in the wake of the latter's arrest in the first season finale. This marked the first time since 1977, when The Mary Tyler Moore Show ended, that White and Moore had worked together.[15] Sherri Shepherd appeared in two episodes as the judge in Elka's competency case.[16] David Starzyk, John Schneider, Huey Lewis, Wayne Knight and Carl Reiner all reprised their roles from season 1. Bonnie Franklin also guest starred as Melanie's ex-boyfriend's mother, Franklin reuniting with One Day at a Time co-star Valerie Bertinelli. On July 20, 2011, Doris Roberts appeared as Lydia Dombrosky, Elka's nemesis. Jennifer Love Hewitt guest starred as Victoria's daughter Emmy, while Michael McMillian appeared as Joy's son, Owen. Buck Henry appeared in multiple episodes as Elka's love interest and eventual fiancé. Jimmy Kimmel, Susan Lucci, and Melanie Griffith made guest appearances as themselves. Michael E. Knight, Jon Lovitz, Isaiah Mustafa, Monica Horan, Frank Caliendo, Cedric the Entertainer, Darnell Williams and Jane Leeves' Frasier co-stars Peri Gilpin and John Mahoney also appeared on the show as guest stars. Don Rickles made a surprise appearance as Elka's dead husband in the Season 2 finale, "Elka's Wedding".

Season 3

Season three features guest stars such as series producer Sean Hayes as a hand model boyfriend of Victoria's, Gilles Marini as Captain Lebeau, Kathie Lee Gifford, Sandra Bernhard, Don Rickles as Elka's late husband Bob, who faked his death, John Mahoney (Leeves' former Frasier costar) as Roy, Elka's boyfriend, and Laura San Giacomo as Melanie's estranged sister, and Baron Davis and Josh Cribbs as themselves. In addition to Mary Tyler Moore guest starring in the second season premiere, the third season saw Betty White reunite with Ed Asner and Georgia Engel in two different episodes. The season includes the return of guests Jennifer Love Hewitt, Susan Lucci, Huey Lewis, Joe Jonas and Jon Lovitz.[17] Cybill Shepherd, Curtis Armstrong, Doug Savant, Kristin Chenoweth, Barry Bostwick, Dan Cortese, Lee Corso, Regis Philbin, Joan Rivers, and David Spade—who had co-starred with Malick in Just Shoot Me, as had San Giacomo—also make guest appearances in the third season.

Season 4

Season four recurring guests include Heather Locklear as Chloe, Jay Harrington as Alec, and Alan Dale as Emmett. Other guest stars include Craig Ferguson, who plays the ex-boyfriend that left Joy when she became pregnant, Eddie Cibrian as Sean, Fred Willard as Dr. Hill, and Gary Anthony Sturgis as Officer Davenport, while Ed Begley Jr., Nicholas Bishop, Heather Dubrow, Dave Foley, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and George Hamilton also make guest appearances. Georgia Engel and Regis Philbin reprise their roles from the previous season, while Michael McMillian returns as Owen, Joy's son and Juliet Mills returns for one episode as Joy's mother.[18] In the live episode for the mid-season premiere, Academy Award winner Shirley Jones makes a guest appearance, as does William Shatner as "Sally from Cincinnati". Carol Burnett guest-starred as Victoria's mother and Jean Smart guest-starred as Victoria's sister in the second episode of the summer season. Tim Conway also reprised his role as Elka's ex-boyfriend, Nick.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show cast reunited on screen for the first time in 36 years, in an episode where Mary Tyler Moore, Valerie Harper, Cloris Leachman, Betty White and Georgia Engel were all members of a 1960s bowling team reuniting for the first time in 50 years.

In the season finale, Melanie announces she is pregnant, Joy rekindles her love for her son's father, and Victoria's husband, Emmett, who is in jail, has escaped on the night of their jailhouse honeymoon.

Season 5

Season 5 premiered with The Soul Man with two back-to-back live episodes on March 26, 2014 (10:00PM EDT and 10:30PM EDT).[19] Guest stars in the premiere episode included Dave Foley and Georgia Engel reprising their roles from the previous seasons, as well as Ken Jeong and Albert Tsai making a guest appearances with Alex Trebek appearing as himself. Cedric the Entertainer made a special guest appearance reprising his role from the Hot in Cleveland spin-off The Soul Man, while Betty White reprised her role as Elka on The Soul Man. Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jay Harrington, Craig Ferguson, Michael McMillian, Susan Lucci and Juliet Mills reprised their roles from the previous seasons. Tim Daly was added as recurring character Mitch, Joy's new boss and love interest. Additional guest appearances were made by Thomas Lennon, Jaime Pressly, Angela Kinsey, Chris Elliott, Jason Priestley, Sarah Hyland, Max Greenfield, Cheri Oteri, Chevy Chase, Rob Schneider, Nora Dunn, Morgan Fairchild, Coby Bell, Chris Colfer, Will Sasso, Steven Tyler (in the special animated episode), Queen Latifah, Perez Hilton and Debra Monk.

Season 6

The sixth season was announced by TV Land as the final season for the series.[3] Guest stars for this season include: Ernie Hudson as one of Victoria's ex-husbands who helps her come to terms with their once embarrassing legacy, Lesley Nicol who appeared in the Christmas episode; Andrew J. West as a man who hits on Melanie, Timm Sharp as the producer of Victoria's new TV show, and Robert Wagner as Jim, a new man in Elka's life. Mario Lopez appears as himself, with newly appointed Councilwoman Elka trying to lure him into taping his TV show in Cleveland. Will Sasso reprises his role as Franky, Melanie's co-host on the "He Said/She Said" radio program. Bob Newhart, Thomas Gibson and Huey Lewis all appear in the season and series finale. Stacy Keach plays Victoria's father Alex in two episodes.


Season Episodes Originally aired Viewers
(in millions)
First aired Last aired
1 10 June 16, 2010 August 18, 2010 3.12
2 22 January 19, 2011 August 31, 2011 2.09
3 24 November 30, 2011 June 6, 2012 1.52
4 24 November 28, 2012 September 4, 2013 1.34
5 24 March 26, 2014 September 10, 2014 N/A
6 24 November 5, 2014 June 3, 2015 0.79

Development and production

Hot in Cleveland was TV Land's first attempt at a first-run scripted comedy (the channel has rerun other sitcoms since its debut) and was produced by Sean Hayes's Hazy Mills Productions and written by Suzanne Martin, who also served as the showrunner.[1][20] It was shot with a multicamera setup in front of a live studio audience at the CBS Studio Center production studios.[21][22]

Martin initially got the idea from the period after Estelle Getty died, when clips of Getty's sitcom, The Golden Girls, were being replayed on the news. This caused Martin "to think about women in their 50s and what the show meant for women now."[23] She then devised a scenario in which "women in that age group landed somewhere in America and they were 'hot again' there". Martin initially pitched the series to CBS, who rejected it, which Martin believes was "because it involved women older than the demo they were looking at".[23] At the time of the pickup, Martin was unaware of TV Land's existence.[23]

TV Land announced that the show had been renewed for a second season on July 7, 2010. The 20-episode second season began production on November 1, 2010, and premiered January 19, 2011.[24][25][26] On February 28, 2011, TV Land renewed the show for a third season to consist of 22 episodes.[27] On March 21, 2011, TV Land announced that the third season order had beenwas increased to 24 episodes.[28] On January 12, 2012, TV Land renewed the series for a fourth season.[29]

Betty White was only meant to appear in the pilot of the show but was asked to stay on for the entire series.[30]

Spin-off series and crossovers

On April 18, 2011, it was announced that Cedric the Entertainer would guest star in a season 2 episode as a minister who gets caught up in the girls' problems.[31] The episode served as a backdoor pilot for a spin-off series to star Cedric. The episode entitled "Bridezelka"[32] was written by Hot in Cleveland creator Suzanne Martin[33] and aired on August 24, 2011.[34]

The spin-off series centers on Reverend Boyce (Cedric) as he moves from Cleveland to St. Louis and has to balance his wild past as an R&B singer with the expectations of his congregation and his family.[35] On January 12, 2012, TV Land officially picked up the pilot to series, under the title Have Faith; with the first season set to have 12 episodes.[36] On March 11, 2012, it was announced that the series' title was changed from Have Faith to The Soul Man. The series premiered on June 20, 2012. In the March 27, 2014 premiere of Hot in Cleveland, Cedric the Entertainer reprises his role as Reverend Boyce; however, he doesn't appear to recognize the characters from his appearance in Season 2 of Hot in Cleveland. Betty White also reprises her role as Elka on The Soul Man.

In the second season of Hot in Cleveland, the show crossed over with daytime soap opera All My Children, in the two-part episode "I Love Lucci". Wendie Malick appeared on All My Children, where she was credited as Victoria Chase, while Susan Lucci appears as herself on Hot in Cleveland.

The fifth season of Hot in Cleveland featured a crossover with the television show Kirstie, which also aired on TV Land in 2013–14.[37]

Critical reception

The show has received positive reviews from critics. Wendie Malick and Betty White have both received extensive praise for their performances. The first season scored a 65 out of 100 on Metacritic.[38]

Comparisons with The Golden Girls

Hot in Cleveland has been referred to as a modern spin on the classic 1980s television series The Golden Girls which also featured actress Betty White in a starring role. Craig Berman of Today stated that the show is "as close as we're likely to get to a repeat of White's 1980s ensemble comedy hit, The Golden Girls ... [TV Land] the network known as the refuge for people looking to fall asleep to reruns of shows from their childhood has made its first scripted program a modern version of the classic sitcom premise."[39] Alessandra Stanley of The New York Times commented: "This is the first original scripted comedy on TV Land, a network that was founded on reruns. So not surprisingly, Hot in Cleveland is a pastiche of classics – a little bit Cheers and Frasier, a little bit The Golden Girls."[40] Michael Musto of The Village Voice wrote: "Wendy [sic] Malick is basically the modern-day Bea Arthur. Sweet-faced Valerie Bertinelli is the new Betty White. Been-around Jane Leeves is the nouveau Rue McClanahan. And witheringly sarcastic Golden Girl Betty White has turned into Estelle Getty."[41]

Awards and nominations

Betty White received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for her role as Elka Ostrovsky, and went on to win the award. The cast received a nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

On May 17, 2011, TV Land entered the show in the race for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards. The show submitted for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for all four leading women, to reinforce the idea of an ensemble cast. The show also submitted in technical categories.[42]

On July 14, 2011, the show received two Primetime Emmy nominations, including Betty White getting nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series.[43]

In December 2011, Betty White received her second consecutive SAG nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series. She went on to win it.[44]

Hot in Cleveland was also nominated for five other Emmys.

Awards Year Category Nominee Result
The Comedy Awards 2011 Best Actress in a TV Comedy Betty White Nominated[45]
Emmy Awards 2011 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Betty White Nominated[43]
Outstanding Art Direction for a Multi-Camera Series Michael Andrew Hynes and Maralee Zediker
(for "Sisterhood of the Traveling SPANX©", "I Love Lucci: Part Two", and "LeBron is Le Gone")
Gracie Allen Awards 2011 Best Actress in a Comedy Series Betty White Won[46]
Screen Actors Guild Awards 2011 Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Betty White Won[44]
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and Betty White Nominated[44]
People's Choice Awards 2012 Favorite Cable TV Comedy Hot in Cleveland Won[47]
Screen Actors Guild Awards 2012 Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Betty White Won[48]
GLAAD Media Awards 2012 Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character) Hot in Cleveland episode "Beards" Won[49]
People's Choice Awards 2013 Favorite Cable TV Comedy Hot in Cleveland Nominated[50]
People's Choice Awards 2014 Favorite Cable TV Comedy Hot in Cleveland Nominated[51]


The series premiere of Hot in Cleveland was a ratings success for TV Land. It earned a 1.9 rating, averaged 2 million viewers among the network's target audience of adults 25–54, and averaged 1.3 million among women 25–54. It drew a total of 4.75 million viewers, making it the most watched show in TV Land history.[21]

Season Timeslot
# Ep. Premiere date Premiere
Finale date Finale
TV season Viewers
1 Wednesday
10:00 pm
10 June 16, 2010 4.75[52] 1.5[52] August 18, 2010 3.40[53] 0.9[53] 2010 4.2[54] 2.8[55]
2 22 January 19, 2011 2.95[56] 0.7[56] August 31, 2011 2.44[57] 0.5[57] 2011 2.08
3 24 November 30, 2011 1.94[58] 0.4[58] June 6, 2012 1.95[59] 0.5[59] 2011–2012 1.52
4 24 November 28, 2012 1.70[60] 0.4[60] September 4, 2013 1.90[61] 0.5[61] 2012–2013 1.34
5 24 March 26, 2014 1.35[62] 0.3[62] September 10, 2014 0.91[63] 0.2[63] 2014 N/A
6 24 November 5, 2014 0.66[64] 0.2[64] June 3, 2015 1.02[65] 0.2[65] 2014–2015 N/A

Home media

Paramount Home Media Distribution has released all six seasons on DVD in Region 1.[66][67]

DVD Name Region 1
Release date
Region 2
Release date
Region 4
Release date
# Ep. Discs Special features
Season 1 January 11, 2011 April 25, 2011 February 17, 2011[68] 10 2 Original full-length pilot, bloopers, wardrobe featurette, "We Love Our Age" featurette, set tour, Victoria's full-length Japanese "lady pants" commercial, episode of "Retired at 35"
Season 2 November 29, 2011 (USA)
January 31, 2012 (Canada)
August 29, 2011 (Part 1)
February 25, 2013 (Part 2)[69]
February 25, 2013 (Complete Season 2) [70]
January 19, 2012[71] 22 3 Interviews, The Cast Visits Cleveland, On the Set of Hot in Cleveland, The First Episode of TV Land's Newest Sitcom, The Exes
Season 3 November 27, 2012[72] N/A N/A 24 3
Season 4 December 3, 2013[73] N/A N/A 24 3 Look Who's Hot Now clip episode
Season 5 November 4, 2014[74] N/A N/A 24 3
Season 6 April 26, 2016[75] N/A N/A N/A N/A



On March 20, 2013, TV Land announced that Hot in Cleveland had been renewed for a 24-episode fifth season, to begin in late fall of 2013. With the fifth season bringing the total episodes in the series to 104, TV Land also announced it had made deals in 92% of the U.S. television markets for a syndication package, which premiered in the fall of 2015.[76]


On June 22, 2010, it was announced that Endemol would distribute Hot in Cleveland internationally,[77] while CBS Television Distribution would own the US rights, with syndication to start in 2013.[78] The show began broadcasting on July 5, 2010, in Canada on CTV, and on July 9 on The Comedy Network. Only Season 1 and Part 1 of Season 2 have aired.[79] It currently airs in strip on M3.

It began broadcasting on July 26, 2010, in Australia on the Nine Network. In the UK and Ireland, the series began airing on Sky Living on February 15, 2011.[80] For season 3, the show switched to Sony Entertainment Television (UK & Ireland).[81]

In South Africa, it began broadcasting on M-Net on July 8, 2011. In India, Hot in Cleveland started airing from June 2012 on Comedy Central.


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Anne Flett-Giordano

Anne Flett-Giordano (née Flett) is an American television producer and screenwriter, known for her work on Kate & Allie, Frasier, Desperate Housewives 'Hot in Cleveland and ( Mom)

On Hot in Cleveland, the fictional medical condition "Flett-Giordano Syndrome" was named after her.

She is also the author of the murder mystery / social satire “Marry, Kiss, Kill”

Betty White

Betty Marion White Ludden (born January 17, 1922) is an American actress and comedian, with the longest television career of any female entertainer, spanning 80 years. Regarded as a pioneer of television, she is one of the first women to have control both in front of and behind the camera and is recognized as the first woman to produce a sitcom (Life with Elizabeth), which contributed to her receiving the honorary title Mayor of Hollywood in 1955.She is known for her award-winning roles as Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1973–77) and Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls (1985–92) – the Writers Guild of America has included both sitcoms in its list of the 101 Best Written TV Series of All Time – and Elka Ostrovsky on Hot in Cleveland (2010–15).

A staple guest of many American game shows such as Password, Match Game, and The $25,000 Pyramid, White has been dubbed the 'First Lady of Game Shows' and became the first woman to receive an Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host in 1983 for the show Just Men! She is also known for her appearances on Boston Legal, Mama's Family, and Saturday Night Live.

In a career that has spanned 80 years, she has received eight Emmy Awards in various categories, three American Comedy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and a Grammy Award. She also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, is a Television Hall of Fame inductee (class of 1995), and a Disney Legend (class of 2009).

David Trainer

David Trainer is an American television director. He is perhaps best known for directing every episode of the Fox sitcom That '70s Show (except the pilot, which was directed by Terry Hughes). He also directed the first two seasons of the television show Boy Meets World (also a supervising producer) and over 60 episodes of Designing Women. Among many others, his directing credits also include several episodes of FM, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Grace Under Fire, Cybill, Anything But Love, My Boys, Hot in Cleveland and Mike & Molly.He also wrote episodes for the soap opera Ryan's Hope in 1977 and the sitcom Misery Loves Company which he co-created with Michael Jacobs and Bob Young in 1995.


Endemol was a Dutch-based media company that produced and distributed multiplatform entertainment content. The company annually produced more than 15,000 hours of programming across scripted and non-scripted genres, including drama, reality TV, comedy, game shows, entertainment, factual and children's programming.

Endemol, a global network of operations in more than 30 countries, works with over 300 broadcasters, digital platforms and licensees worldwide. The business covers development, production, marketing, distribution, franchise management and multi-platform initiatives including digital video, gaming and apps.

Endemol was merged into Endemol Shine Group (a joint-venture between The Walt Disney Company and Apollo Global Management) and headquartered in the Netherlands in 2015. Endemol created and ran reality, talent and game show franchises worldwide, including Big Brother, Deal or No Deal, Wipeout, The Money Drop, and Your Face Sounds Familiar. The company also has a portfolio of drama and comedy series including titles such as The Fall, Peaky Blinders, Hell on Wheels, Benidorm, Ripper Street, Black Mirror, Bad Education, My Mad Fat Diary, Hot in Cleveland, Kirstie, Leverage, Home and Away, Death Comes to Pemberley and The Crimson Field.

Full Throttle Saloon

Full Throttle Saloon is an American reality television series that premiered on November 10, 2009, and originally aired on truTV. The series, which takes its name from the bar, chronicles the daily operations of the world's largest biker bar, Full Throttle Saloon, located in Sturgis, South Dakota was housed on 30 acres of land, which Michael Ballard purchased in 1999. The indoor/outdoor bar included several large stages, a burn-out pit, a tattoo parlor, zip lines, a wrestling ring, restaurants, dozens of stores, hundreds of cabins for rent, and parking for thousands of motorcycles. It was open from late March/early April until mid-November (weather permitting), and was busiest during the annual week-long Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Each year, the first full week of August marks the beginning of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, during which time, the Saloon could average 20,000 guests each night.

The series aired its fifth season with TruTV on December 2, 2013. After five successful seasons with the network, TruTV confirmed via Twitter that they did not shoot a sixth season in 2014. Reelz Channel announced that they would begin airing episodes on October 3, 2014. Reelz confirmed they would only be broadcasting classic episodes of the show from previous seasons.A massive fire destroyed the Full Throttle Saloon on September 8, 2015.At a media event owner Michael Ballard said a pinched power cord to a keg refrigerator overheated and sparked a nearby cardboard box.A sixth season will air on Destination America starting December 1, 2015. The sixth season will air on Tuesday nights on the network in the 10pm/9 central time slot.

Happily Divorced

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Heather Locklear

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Locklear's notable film roles include the science-fiction thriller Firestarter (1984), the action comedy Money Talks (1997), the live-action/animated comedy Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003), and the romantic comedy The Perfect Man (2005).

Hot in Cleveland (season 1)

The first season of the Hot in Cleveland, an American situation comedy television series, aired in the United States on TV Land. The series was the channel's first venture into scripted television series. Created by television producer and writer Suzanne Martin, the show was produced by Hazy Mills Productions, SamJen Productions, TV Land Original Productions while Martin, Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner, Lynda Obst, Larry W. Jones, and Keith Cox served as executive producers. The show focuses on three women from Los Angeles who unexpectedly crash land in Cleveland, Ohio and, enthralled by the attention the receive, decide to move there. The series stars Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick and Jane Leeves as the three Los Angeles women Melanie Moretti, Victoria Chase, and Joy Scroggs. Veteran actress Betty White also stars in the series as Elka Ovstrosky, the women's sassy caretaker. The season also featured numerous guest stars, including John Schneider, Susan Lucci, Carl Reiner and Joe Jonas.

Consisting of ten episodes, the first season aired from June 16 to August 18, 2010 on Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m. EST. The series debuted to 4.75 million viewers, becoming the most watched program on the channel and more than quintupling their viewership. The season ended with the finale "Tornado", which attracted 3.40 million viewers. The season averaged 3.12 million viewers per episode and a 0.8 Nielsen rating. Hot in Cleveland also aired in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom to ratings success. Critical reception for the series was positive, with many television critics praising the main cast's performance, most notably White, and the series as "well-acted" and "funny." Hot in Cleveland also garnered several comparisons to the 1980s NBC sitcom The Golden Girls, which White also starred in.

The entire season was released on DVD in Region 1 on January 11, 2011, Region 2 on April 25, 2011, and Region 4 on February 17, 2011.

Hot in Cleveland (season 3)

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Jane Leeves

Jane Elizabeth Leeves (born 18 April 1961) is an English actress, model, producer, comedian, singer, and dancer. She is best known for playing Daphne Moon on the television sitcom Frasier from 1993 until 2004, for which she was nominated for Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards. She is also known for her role as Joy Scroggs on TV Land's sitcom Hot in Cleveland.Leeves made her screen debut with a small role in 1983 on the British comedy television show The Benny Hill Show, and appeared as a dancer in Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. She moved to the United States, where she performed in small roles. From 1986 to 1988, she had her first leading role in the short-lived sitcom Throb, and then secured a recurring part in the television sitcom Murphy Brown. She received further recognition for roles in films such as Miracle on 34th Street (1994), James and the Giant Peach (1996), Music of the Heart (1999), and The Event (2003).

Lauren Lapkus

Dorthea Lauren Allegra Lapkus (born September 6, 1985) is an American actress, voice actress, comedian and impressionist known for portraying Susan Fischer in the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black and Jess in the HBO series Crashing. She has also made appearances on such television shows as Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Middle, Hot in Cleveland, The Big Bang Theory, and @midnight and films such as Jurassic World. She has appeared on many podcasts, including Comedy Bang! Bang!, improv4humans, and her own podcast With Special Guest Lauren Lapkus. She was a main cast member on the TBS original sitcom Clipped. She also played the voice of Little Lotta in Harvey Street Kids.

List of Hot in Cleveland episodes

Hot in Cleveland is an American sitcom that premiered on June 16, 2010, on TV Land. The series is TV Land’s first venture into sitcoms. The premiere episode was the most-watched telecast in the network’s history. Hot in Cleveland is produced by Sean Hayes' Hazy Mills Productions and shot with a multicamera setup in front of a live studio audience at CBS Studio Center.A total of 128 episodes of Hot in Cleveland were produced over six seasons, between June 16, 2010 and June 3, 2015.

List of Top Chef episodes

Top Chef is an American reality competition television series which premiered on March 8, 2006, on Bravo. The show features chefs competing against each other in various culinary challenges. They are judged by a panel of professional chefs and other notables from the food and wine industry with one or more contestants eliminated in each episode. Since its inception, the series has aired over 200 episodes.

Michael McMillian

Michael McMillian (born October 21, 1978) is an American actor and writer, known for his roles as Henry Gibson on What I Like About You, Steve Newlin on the HBO series True Blood, and Owen on Hot in Cleveland. McMillian is also the creator and writer of a comic book, Lucid.

He is currently portraying the recurring role of Tim in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Host on The Bigfoot Collectors Club a comedy podcast airing weekly featuring celebrity guests and their personal paranormal stories as well as some added high strangeness.

Retired at 35

Retired at 35 is an American sitcom on TV Land starring George Segal, Jessica Walter, Johnathan McClain, Josh McDermitt, Marissa Jaret Winokur, and Ryan Michelle Bathe. It is the network's second original scripted series after Hot in Cleveland. The series premiered on January 19, 2011. On March 21, 2011, the series was renewed for a second season. The second season premiered on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at 10:00 pm ET/PT, and concluded on Wednesday, August 29, 2012.

On December 13, 2012, TV Land announced that they were not renewing Retired at 35 for another season and it was cancelled, making it the first TV Land original sitcom to be cancelled from the network.

Sean Hayes (actor)

Sean Patrick Hayes (born June 26, 1970) is an American actor, comedian and producer. He is best known for his role as Jack McFarland on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace, for which he won a Primetime Emmy Award, four SAG Awards, and one American Comedy Award, and earned six Golden Globe nominations. He also runs a television production company called Hazy Mills Productions, which produces shows such as Grimm, Hot in Cleveland, The Soul Man, and Hollywood Game Night.

He is known for his film work in movies such as Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss, Cats & Dogs, Pieces of April, The Cat in the Hat, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, The Bucket List, and The Three Stooges.

He is also known for his work on Broadway such as An Act of God and Promises, Promises, where he played Chuck Baxter and received a nomination for Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical.

The Soul Man

The Soul Man is an American sitcom created by Suzanne Martin and Cedric the Entertainer. The series is a spin-off from Hot in Cleveland, in which Cedric guest starred in the 2011 episode "Bridezelka", the backdoor pilot for The Soul Man. The series premiered on TV Land on June 20, 2012 with a 12-episode order.On December 13, 2012, TV Land picked up The Soul Man for a second season of 10 episodes with Yvette Lee Bowser replacing Phoef Sutton as showrunner. The second season premiered on June 19, 2013. On December 4, 2013, The Soul Man was renewed for a third season that consisted of eight episodes. Season 3 premiered on March 26, 2014 with a special live episode. On August 4, 2014, TV Land renewed The Soul Man for a 12-episode fourth season. The fourth season debuted on March 18, 2015 with the series' second live episode. On July 28, 2015, The Soul Man was renewed for a 12-episode fifth and final season, which premiered on March 30, 2016 at 10:30 PM ET/PT. The series aired its final episode on June 22, 2016.

Valerie Bertinelli

Valerie Anne Bertinelli (born April 23, 1959) is an American actress and television personality. She is known for her roles as Barbara Cooper Royer on the sitcom One Day at a Time (1975–84), Gloria on the religious drama series Touched by an Angel (2001–03) and Melanie Moretti on the sitcom Hot in Cleveland (2010–15). Since 2015, she has hosted the cooking shows Valerie's Home Cooking and Kids Baking Championship on Food Network.

Wendie Malick

Wendie Malick (born December 13, 1950) is an American actress and former fashion model, known for her roles in various television comedies. She starred as Judith Tupper Stone in the HBO sitcom Dream On, and as Nina Van Horn in the NBC sitcom Just Shoot Me!, for which she was nominated for two Primetime Emmys and a Golden Globe Award.

She also starred as Victoria Chase in the TV Land comedy series Hot in Cleveland. She is also known for her recurring role as Ronee Lawrence on the final season of Frasier. Malick also played many character roles in films, including Scrooged, The American President, Racing Stripes, and Confessions of a Shopaholic, has made over 50 guest appearances on television shows, primarily on comedies, starred in a number of made for television movies, and works as a voice actress.


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