If it's a bit surprising they haven't had their turns before, they're getting them now.
Several beloved comedy series are in the TV Land Awards spotlight as the nostalgia-driven network televises the 10th anniversary of the event at 8 p.m. Sunday. Kelly Ripa returns as host of the ceremony, taped two weekends ago in New York, and the casts of the honored shows alone guarantee the room to be filled with familiar faces.
ABC's “Laverne & Shirley,” which starred Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams as the Milwaukee brewery co-workers and roommates, got the Fan Favorite Award; CBS' “One Day at a Time,” about a single working mother (Bonnie Franklin) and her teen daughters (Mackenzie Phillips, Valerie Bertinelli), received the Innovator Award.
Also, CBS' vehicle for Pee-wee Herman (alias Paul Reubens), “Pee-wee's Playhouse,” landed the Pop Culture Award, and Keenen Ivory Wayans' Fox sketch comedy “In Living Color,” which launched the career of Jim Carrey, took the Groundbreaking Award. Additionally, legendary singer Aretha Franklin got the Music Icon award.
“One Day at a Time” co-star Bertinelli is now one of the main faces of TV Land, thanks to her role in its show “Hot in Cleveland,” currently in its third season.
“They celebrate all kinds of television,” she says of the network, “and the TV Land Awards are always fun. I love classic TV; I think most of us do. I think of ‘Hot in Cleveland' as comfort food, and that's what TV Land is.”
Though the Norman Lear-produced “One Day at a Time” isn't in the network's lineup, Bertinelli is pleased her first show is being honored.
“I think it was such a milestone, so important for its day and age. And it was my coming-out party, I guess. It started my career, and I was very lucky to learn from some of the best. You look at Bonnie and Mackenzie and Pat (Harrington Jr., who played handyman Schneider), and they're all incredibly good at what they do.”