Cleveland returned to primetime television when "Hot in Cleveland" premiered on June 16, 2010 on cable's TV Land network. The sitcom, written by Suzanne Martin ("Frasier" and "Ellen"), finished its 10 episodes with the best ratings the 14-year-old network has seen.
"Hot in Cleveland" finds three 40 and 50-something women from Los Angeles stranded in Cleveland when their flight to Paris is diverted due to a storm. The women fall in love with the "down to earth" values and the less appearance-obsessed people they find in Northeast Ohio and they decide to stay. They rent a house that just happens to come with a sassy, Polish caretaker (Betty White).
The ensemble cast of "Hot in Cleveland" includes Betty White, Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick, and Jane Leeves.
Guest Stars on Hot in Cleveland:
First season guest stars on "Hot in Cleveland" included Susan Lucci, Carl Reiner, Huey Lewis, and Tim Conway. Guest stars scheduled to appear on season two include Mary Tyler Moore, Bonnie Franklin, and Melanie Griffith.
Awards for "Hot in Cleveland":
Betty White won a 2011 Screen Actors Guild award for her work on the series. The ensemble cast was nominated for a SAG award, but didn't win.
North Coast References: Do They Get it Right?:
Although the sitcom is written by a Los Angeles native who was raised in Rhode Island, for the most part, "Hot in Cleveland" captures the essence of the city. Although it's nice to see Cleveland portrayed in a positive light, it's too bad that the show is filmed in LA and not here in Northeast Ohio where viewers could see the good things about the area.
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Where to Find "Hot in Cleveland":
"Hot in Cleveland" airs on Wednesday nights at 10pm on cable's TV Land channel. Season two of the half-hour show began on January 19, 2011 and is scheduled for 20 episodes.