Last week, TV Land announced that the 10th anniversary TV Land Awards will be held on Saturday, April 14th and air on Sunday, April 29th. Aretha Franklin will receive the Music Icon Award and Kelly Ripa will host for the second time. Now, the cable channel has revealed three classic shows will be honored as well.
Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, Michael McKean, and David L. Lander will reunite as Laverne & Shirley receive the Fan Favorite Award. Valerie Bertinelli, Bonnie Franklin, Mackenzie Phillips, Glenn Scarpelli, and Pat Harrington Jr. will come together to accept the Innovator Award for One Day at a Time. Paul Reubens will be on hand to accept the Pop Culture Award for Pee-wee’s Playhouse.
Here’s the TV Land press release with some additional details:
“LAVERNE & SHIRLEY,” “ONE DAY AT A TIME” AND “PEE-WEE’S PLAYHOUSE” TO BE HONORED AT THE “TV LAND AWARDS” 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION IN NEW YORK CITY
Iconic Stars Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, Michael McKean, David L. Lander, Valerie Bertinelli, Bonnie Franklin, Mackenzie Phillips, Glenn Scarpelli, Pat Harrington Jr. And Pee-wee Herman To Accept Awards
Show Tapes Saturday, April 14 And Airs Sunday, April 29 At 9PM ET/PT
New York, NY – March 15, 2012 – TV Land announced today that the beloved casts of “Laverne & Shirley” (Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, Michael McKean and David L. Lander) and “One Day At A Time” (Valerie Bertinelli, Bonnie Franklin, Mackenzie Phillips, Glenn Scarpelli and Pat Harrington Jr.) as well as pop culture phenomenon “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” will be honored at the “TV Land Awards” 10th Anniversary celebration. The star-studded awards show, which honors classic television, film and music icons, will be held at the Lexington Avenue Armory at Gramercy Park on Saturday, April 14th and air on Sunday, April 29th at 9pm ET/PT. More honorees will be announced in coming weeks. They join previously announced honoree Aretha Franklin (Music Icon Award) and second-time host Kelly Ripa for the special decade ceremony.
“Laverne & Shirley” still lives in the hearts of viewers everywhere and is the recipient of this year’s Fan Favorite Award, which goes to a series that’s an All-American classic, with characters who became our friends, stories we could all relate to and irresistible laughs. This is the first time the cast of “Laverne & Shirley” will be reunited on television in nearly a decade. “Laverne & Shirley” aired on ABC for eight seasons from 1976-1983 and was a spin-off of the Garry Marshall hit “Happy Days.” But the show soon found its own avid fans, thanks to loveable stars Penny Marshall as Laverne De Fazio and Cindy Williams as Shirley Feeney, who play best friends and roommates working in a Milwaukee brewery. Constantly annoyed by their neighbors, Leonard “Lenny” Kosnowski (Michael McKean) and Andrew “Squiggy” Squiggman (David L. Lander), Laverne and Shirley learn to navigate their lives as two single young women in 1950s Milwaukee – and later in the series, 1960s Los Angeles.
“One Day At A Time” is being presented with the Innovator Award, which is given to a television series that carved out new territory, tackled important issues of its day and helped re-defined its genre. The series, which was a hybrid drama/comedy, addressed such taboo topics as pre-marital sex, suicide, sexual harassment and more, breaking barriers and paving the way for future shows to tackle these issues as well. Developed and written in part by TV visionary Norman Lear, “One Day At A Time” aired on CBS for nine seasons from 1975-1984. Starring Bonnie Franklin, Valerie Bertinelli and Mackenzie Phillips as Ann Romano, Barbara Cooper and Julie Cooper, the series revolved around a family headed by a single mother (Franklin) that relocates to Indianapolis, where their new apartment building super, Dwayne Schneider (Pat Harrington Jr.), befriends them. Also taking part in the cast reunion is Glenn Scarpelli, who joined the series in 1980 as the son of Ann’s boyfriend, Nick.
The 22-time Emmy(R) Award-winning children’s series, “Pee-wee’s Playhouse,” ran on CBS for five seasons from 1986-1991 and has been a staple in pop culture for over 25 years. The title character is portrayed by actor and comedy icon, Paul Reubens, who created what is widely considered one of the most innovative and ground-breaking children’s programs in television history. Reubens’ wonderfully diverse and colorful playhouse filled with puppets, genies, robots, cowboys and pterodactyls sparked countless imaginations and brought joy and laughter to children and adults alike. The show has been named one of “Top 25 Cult Shows Ever” by TV Guide Magazine, and Pee-wee is more popular than ever with a hit Broadway show, HBO Special, and enormous social media following with millions of followers on Twitter and Facebook. Fittingly, “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” will receive the Pop Culture Award at the “TV Land Awards” 10th Anniversary ceremony.
The “TV Land Awards” pays tribute to classic and contemporary luminaries of television, music and movies. The 90-minute telecast will feature exhilarating musical performances and will reunite some of the most iconic celebrity TV casts.
Previous honorees include Regis Philbin, Michael J. Fox, John Travolta, Bill Cosby, Mike Myers, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Garry Marshall, the cast of “Glee,” “Desperate Housewives” and the hilarious sitcoms “Cheers,” “The Cosby Show,” “Family Ties,” “The Facts of Life,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Bosom Buddies,” “Welcome Back, Kotter,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “M*A*S*H*.” Past presenters include Academy Award(C)-winner Halle Berry, Barbara Walters, Justin Timberlake, Ray Romano, Steve Carell, Billy Crystal, Sharon Stone, Robin Williams and Academy Award(C)-nominee Robert Downey, Jr., to name a few. Past musical performers include Liza Minnelli, Stevie Wonder, Blondie, Diana Ross, Willie Nelson and Lionel Richie.
Michael Levitt (“Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List,” “Billboard Music Awards,” “Scream Awards”) is executive producer; Five-time Emmy Award(C)-winning Glenn Weiss is director (“Primetime Emmy Awards,” “BET Awards,” “The Tony Awards”); Greg Sills serves as supervising producer (“VH1 Rock Honors,” “The Teen Choice Awards,” “Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards”); Gary Tellalian is producer and TV Land’s Larry W. Jones and Casey Patterson are executive producers. Tim Bruno is executive in charge of production for TV Land.
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What do you think? Will you be tuning in? Which reunion or tribute are you looking forward to seeing most?
TV Land Awards are wonderful and I hope next year you will honor the most amazing show, Emergency! This show is the reason many people chose the to become firefighters, paramedics, EMS, etc. 2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the show. In 2011 the LA County Fire Museum put together what they thought would be a small event at Station 127 in Carson (where the show was based). Thousands attended the event which included Randolph Mantooth (John Gage from the show) and Mike Stoker (an actual firefighter who also starred in the show). I hope you will consider honoring such… Read more »
I am a nurse because of EMERGENCY! I roleplayed this show on the playground as a child! I took my first cpr class because of this show! It has changed and touched so many lives! This show was the foundation for the paramedic movement! Before EMERGENCY! Your chance of surviving an emergency in the community was slim. Now there are flight nurses, paramedics & emts that provide life saving & trauma care at the scenes & in route to the hospital! It has changed the mortality rates in our country! Thank you Emergency! <3 Nurse Jenny (Tv land do the… Read more »