by Jennifer Squires Biller
Where could you possibly see Fonzie, The Golden Girls, Laverne and Shirley, Robin Williams, Justin Timberlake, Mike Myers, Vanessa Williams, the cast of The Office, and a Lionel Richie concert on one show?
The TV Land Awards that’s where. And that’s not even half of the talent that made me laugh during the broadcast.
The show aired last night, but if you missed it, don’t despair. There are several opportunities to watch it again. It will replay tonight at 5 p.m. ET on TV Land, again Saturday morning at 10 a.m., and this Thursday at 2 a.m., for those of you with a VCR or DVR. You can also watch clips of the show at TV Land.
I’ve watched this awards’ show since its inception a few years ago, and this year was one of the best yet. The opening was so incredibly bizarre, yet entertaining, that you have to see it to believe it. Let me explain.
Host Vanessa Williams, or as you may know her, Wilhelmina Slater of Ugly Betty, did a bit about how the past hosts have had flying-theme introduction numbers. Not to be outdone, Williams then looked to the sky only to see some of our favorite classic TV stars flying over the auditorium. Trust me, you’ve not lived until you've seen a much-older Doc from The Love Boat, still dressed in his trademark white shorts ship outfit, flying across the room. Joining him, Horshack from Welcome Back Kotter, Nellie Oleson from Little House on the Prairie, Gary Coleman from Different Strokes, and Greg Brady from The Brady Bunch, to name a few. I don’t want to spoil it all for you, but I assure you it’s worth tuning in to see.
I have to say that whoever is responsible for writing this show and producing the skits, should work for the Emmys and Oscars. (Those shows have become so stuffy, serious, boring, and self-indulgent, I can barely sit through them. Apparently, you’re having the same problem, considering the ratings for those broadcasts this year.) The TV Land Awards skits were hysterical and they gave TV fans what we want. Clips from our favorite shows and tributes to some of our favorites.
One of the funniest skits involved a parody of the paparazzi and TMZ and how they stalk celebrities and put together stories. From the Bionic Woman’s “Lindsay” stealing coats, to “Mama” from Mama’s Family getting out of a limo and showing her crotch, I was rolling. Again, I don’t want to spoil it, but this is one of the funniest skits I’ve seen on an awards show, ever. If you love television, especially classic shows, do not miss it.
There were also touching/funny tributes to Garry Marshall, Mike Myers, the show Roseanne and The Office.
The TV Land Awards are a treat for anyone who loved the shows of the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s and those who are fans of the genre in general. The TV Land Awards is so entertaining it should win an award. Yes, you can consider that my official Tube Talk endorsement.
Monday, June 16, 2008
by Jennifer Squires Biller