Over the past 10 years TV Land Awards has become known to be the best party of the year. The place where old friends are reunited and new ones are made. And this year, as the award show celebrates its 10th anniversary, I got exclusive access to rehearsals, backstage and even into the brilliant show itself that airs April 29 at 9PM/8C only on TV Land.
Celebrating the 10-year milestone I have put together the top ten moments from this years show that must be seen to be believed.
1- Watching this years host Kelly Ripa run through the show the afternoon before taping without a stitch of makeup on and wearing her Ugg boots you knew why she has the reputation of being the nicest women in show business. Laughing with the writers and even taking a moment for a little yoga on stage Kelly was going to kill as the shows host.
2- Unable to decide what to wear for the shows big opening number Kelly gets her great friend and often co-host of Live!, Carson Kressley, to help her dress as some of the most iconic women in the history of TV. Every outfit needs no introduction and yes- seeing Kelly as Lucy is priceless!
3- Once the puuuurfect costume has been selected Kelly literally flies onto the stage in what could be the most exciting opening number of any award show ever. Lets just say it’s a good thing Kelly isn’t afraid of cats… or heights!
4- It takes a legend to introduce a legend which is why Mr. John Legend took to the stage to introduce the Queen of Soul herself Miss Aretha Franklin who brought down the house with some of her biggest hits.
5- Every great award show needs a great house band and only TV Land could get the B-52’s to take the stage and get Katie Couric to dance the night away.
6- Reuniting the cast of Laverne And Shirley live on stage at the TV Land awards was a must see moment of the night and a reminder why this award show is so special. Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall were clearly emotional as they stood side-by-side and accepted the fan favorite award.
7- The Groundbreaking Award: In Living Color brought together so many of its past stars that the cast needed two tables to celebrate the night. Carrie Ann Inaba, David Alan Grier, Kelly Coffield Park, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Kim Wayans, Jim Carrey, Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans, T’Keyah Crystal, Keymah,Tommy Davidson, Deidre Lang, Laurieann Gibson, Lisa Marie Todd and Michelle Whitney Morrison all in one room together meant trouble and a lot of fun.
8- Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, Paul Reuben’s told me he was most excited to meet Aretha Franklin at the hottest party in town and even had a very special word to describe the entire night. Watch & see what it was.
9- The One Day At A Time cast was overjoyed to be all back together and very grateful to be winning a special award. Arriving a little after the rest of her cast Valerie Bertinelli ran past the crews on the red carpet to hug them all.
10- The one award that our host Kelly Ripa insisted on handing out herself was to Murphy Brown. A show that she says had a huge impact on women and men around the world including Kelly. Candice Bergen, Diane English, Faith Ford, Grant Shaud, Joe Regalbuto and Charles Kimbrough seemed surprised at the thunderous applauds as the accepted the honor. Making just a certain Vice President the only person in American the only one to not be a real fan
@Marie_Todd: What a great evening! Kelly Ripa and girls.
@carrieanninaba: On our way to the tvland awards! Like my dress? Lol…
@MARLONWAYANS: Three the hard wayans… Me dub and I at the tvland awards honoring in living color
Be sure to tune in to the 10th Anniversary TV Land Awards on April 29 at 9PM/8C!
Pee-Wee’s Playhouse is honored with the “Pop Culture Award” at the 10th Anniversary TV Land Awards. Tune in on April 29 at 9PM/8C!