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[04/25/06 - 12:00 AM]
TV Land's Top Ten Celebrates Everything We Love About Television Beginning in May with Special Mother's Day Installment

[via press release from TV Land]

TV Land's Top Ten Celebrates Everything We Love About Television Beginning In May With Special Mother's Day Installment

Series of Specials Kicks off on Wednesday, May 10 at 10 p.m. with Top Ten: TV Moms

Andy Griffith, Cher, Dennis Franz, Diahann Carroll, Ed Asner, James Denton, Jane Kaczmarek, Kelsey Grammer, Marion Ross, Ray Romano, Robert Guillaume, Roseanne, Sally Struthers, Smokey Robinson and William Shatner Among Celebrities Featured Throughout Series

NEW YORK, April 25 -- Was Carol Brady or Clair Huxtable your favorite TV mom? Was it the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show or Michael Jackson doing the moonwalk that ranks highest on your list of favorite musical TV moments? Whose TV wedding still makes you smile? Viewers can find out the answer to these and other probing questions when TV Land's Top Ten returns to the network with seven new specials beginning Wednesday, May 10 at 10 p.m. ET/PT with Top Ten: TV Moms.

TV Land's Top Ten: TV Moms takes a look at the most popular moms from sitcoms over the last fifty years. From Clair Huxtable to June Cleaver to Carol Brady, this May 10 installment features interviews with Ray Romano, Roseanne, Jimmy Walker, Aida Turturro, Jerry Mathers, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Sherwood Schwartz, Christopher Knight and David Cassidy -- who lend their insights and thoughts into some of their favorite TV moms.

In addition to the premiere of this new original, TV Land will celebrate Mother's Day with five nights of episodes featuring TV Land's best moms, from Monday, May 8 through Friday May 12, 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. ET/PT. Each night will celebrate a different TV mom -- from June Cleaver to Carol Brady to Marion Cunningham and more -- with TV Land showcasing some of their most memorable episodes.

TV Land's Top Ten series celebrates television for the passionate TV viewer. By culling the best moments from hit TV shows and commentary from stars, experts and those in the know, each special counts down a different Top Ten. The specials are being produced for TV Land by TV Land Productions in conjunction with Robert Small Entertainment.

Viewers logging onto tvland.com after each episode of Top Ten will be able to watch exclusive video footage not seen on-air.

Among the celebrities interviewed for the series include: Abe Vigoda, Andy Griffith, Andy Richter, Angie Dickinson, Ashanti, Carol Kane, Carol Leifer, Cedric The Entertainer, Cher, Christopher Knight, Delta Burke, Dennis Franz, Diahann Carroll, Ed Asner, Ed McMahon, Gavin MacLeod, George Wallace, Gordon Clapp, Howard Hesseman, James Denton, Jane Kaczmarek, Jerry Mathers, Kelsey Grammer, Loni Anderson, Marion Ross, Mya, Paul Anka, Penn and Teller, Ray Romano, Rhea Perlman, Robert Guillaume, Roseanne, Sally Struthers, Sherwood Schwartz, Smokey Robinson, The Smothers Brothers, Vivica A. Fox, William Shatner and more.

The complete Top Ten rollout includes:

May 10: TV Moms - What better way to celebrate Mother's Day, then with a countdown of the greatest TV Moms? Invited to the celebration are Clair Huxtable, Carol Brady and many more of your favorites.

May 31: Dynamic Duos - Who says TV doesn't teach good values? Teamwork is the bedrock of these relationships such as Batman and Robin, Laverne and Shirley and Lucy and Ethel.

June 7: TV Spin-offs - Sometimes a character is so good they need their own show. This episode celebrates the greatest spin-off series of all time.

June 14: TV Weddings - There's no better place to get married than on TV. And there's nothing easier to get hooked on than a good wedding story. This episode crashes the best TV Weddings of all time. Happy couples include Joe and Rhoda, Daphne and Niles, and Luke and Laura.

July 22: Brady Bunch Episodes - You grew up with them and you know the episodes almost by heart. But which episodes, made our list? The road trips to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon? Special appearances by Davy Jones and Joe Namath? From getting caught smoking to pork chops and apple sauce and everything in between, there's so much to choose from!

August 16: Musical Moments - Some of the greatest musical moments of all time have been captured on TV. This episode highlights the best of the best from the Beatles and Elvis to Madonna and Michael.

August 23: TV Cops - Whether cracking open a case or cracking you up, the TV Cop is one of the most beloved TV characters. In this countdown, we list our favorite men and women in blue. Squad members include Andy Taylor, Lennie Briscoe, Sgt. Suzanne "Pepper" Anderson, Joe Friday and that strange man in the rumpled rain coat.

TV Land and all related logos and titles are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.

TV Land Productions was created in 2003 to develop original programming that complements the network's successful acquired programming slate. TV Land Productions has also produced The TV Land Awards Show: A Celebration of Classic TV (March 2003, 2004 and 2005), the Emmy-nominated The Dick Van Dyke Show, Revisited, the network's first original special for broadcast, which premiered on CBS in May 2004, the Emmy-nominated Still Brady ... After All These Years reunion special in September 2004 and Chasing Farrah (Spring 2005), the original reality series that followed iconic Hollywood actress and sex symbol Farrah Fawcett. Over the last year, the network premiered a variety of original series and specials in 2005 including: TV Guide and TV Land Present: The 100 Most Unexpected TV Moments, Living in TV Land, TV Land Confidential and Sit Down Comedy with David Steinberg. For more information about TV Land's original Wednesday night line-ups, visit http://www.tvland.com.

Now seen in over 85 million U.S. homes, TV Land's program mix features popular dramas, sitcoms, westerns, Retromercials and a TV-referential interstitial environment, all programmed with a specific audience in mind -- the first generation of Americans to grow up watching television and features all-time Classic hits like All in the Family, I Love Lucy, The Andy Griffith Show, and Bonanza.

MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), owns and operates the following television programming services -- MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, mtvU, VHI, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, MTV INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 12 digital services, all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

SOURCE TV Land
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