TV Land Honors the Life of Aaron Spelling With On-Air and Online Programming Salute
NEW YORK, June 27 -- TV Land will celebrate the life and
work of legendary producer and show creator, Aaron Spelling -- who passed
away on Friday at the age of 83 -- with programming salutes on both TV Land
and the network's website, TVLand.com, it was announced today by Larry W.
Jones, President, TV Land & Nick at Nite. Spelling, who held the
distinction of being the most prolific producer in the history of
television, was honored by TV Land when the network presented him with the
Pioneer Award during the 2005 TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV.
"Aaron Spelling was an enormous talent whose keen eye, sharp wit and
deep understanding of why people love television made him one of the
greatest sources of beloved TV shows in the history of the medium,"
explains Jones. "Mr. Spelling exuded charm and worked tirelessly to
entertain us all. Many of us at TV Land feel so honored to have known him
and our deepest condolences go out to the Spelling family, friends and fans
as we all mourn the loss of this incredibly gifted man."
On-air, TV Land will re-broadcast two installments of the network's
acclaimed 2004 6-part special TV Land Moguls. This Saturday, from 10 AM -
Noon (ET/PT), TV Land's weekend original programming block will be
dedicated to Spelling with the two installments highlighting many of his
achievements. The episodes explore the biggest moguls from the 1970s and
spotlight Spelling's rise to prominence in the world of entertainment. It
was during that time in which he created some of the biggest hits in
television including Charlie's Angels, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island,
Starsky & Hutch and several others. TV Land has already begun airing a
memorial spot reminding viewers of his outstanding contributions.
TV Land's website, TVLand.com, will showcase of variety of Aaron
Spelling-related highlights that online visitors can access beginning
immediately. Among the offerings include:
* A 2005 interview with TVLand.com in which he discusses his life and
career in front of and behind the camera.
* An excerpted scene from his performance, as an actor, in the memorable I
Love Lucy episode entitled "Tennessee Bound," in which he plays a
country bumpkin Lucy and Ricky encounter on a cross-country trip.
* Clips from his acceptance of the Pioneer Award and tributes from
numerous performers, many of whom gained fame and success under his
leadership, at the 2005 TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV.
* Select moments from TV Land Moguls, in which his rise to the top in the
1970s is traced.
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