After six seasons on TV Land and over 100 episodes aired, the network has chosen to cancel its veteran comedy Hot in Cleveland. The comedy series which was filmed before a live studio audience and premiered on the network in 2010, stars acting veterans Betty White, Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick. The show focused on three friends, Bertinelli, Leeves and Malick from Los Angeles who find themselves in Cleveland after their plane makes an emergency landing. While there, the trio discovers that while they may not be the in thing where they are from, in Cleveland the people are more welcoming and less obsessed with being young. Upon deciding to stay in Cleveland they end up renting a home from a sassy caretaker, played by White.
The sixth season of Hot in Cleveland started production in September and premiered earlier this month. On Monday, Larry W. Jones, the president of TV Land announced that after five seasons of quality programming the decision had been made to end production after the completion of the sixth season. Jones said that it was an honor to get a chance to work with the cast and crew over the course of the past few years, since the program’s debut in 2010. He acknowledged Hot in Cleveland for putting the network on the map for producing quality original programming, and they hope to continue to honor and celebrate the show as it wraps up production.
On Twitter, show stars Bertinelli, Leeves and Malick discussed their own reactions to the show ending. All three women thanked the fans for their support over the years. They also mentioned that they were hoping to make this final season the best, and that they plan to go out on a high note.
Although the network is cancelling Hot in Cleveland, there are still a number of other original scripted comedies on the network’s roster. These shows include the Hot in Cleveland spinoff The Soul Man and another veteran show The Exes. Other programs on the TV Land roster include four new shows, Teachers, The Gaffigan Show, Impastor and Younger.
The decision to cancel the show came just three months after the creator of the series, Suzanne Martin said in an interview that she would love to see the program do at least eight seasons. Since the program debuted, there has been an average of 2.4 million viewers that have tuned in. That average includes 1.12 million viewers in the adult aged 25 to 54 category. Women between the ages of 25 to 54 accounted for 1.46 million of the viewers that tuned in to watch the comedy. Not only have the viewers been relatively consistent, but the role of Elka has earned White back to back Screen Actor Guild awards, as well as an Emmy nomination.
Even though the network has chosen to cancel Hot in Cleveland, there are still a number of episodes left before viewers have to say goodbye to White, Leeves, Malick and Bertinelli. In a fitting send off, the final episodes will even give White’s character a chance for a steamy kiss with guest star Robert Wagner. Wagner is set to play a man named Jim that Elka has her sights set on. When her attempts at seduction do not work, there will be some interesting surprises in store. The final season of Hot in Cleveland is currently airing on TV Land on Wednesday nights.
By Kimberley Spinney
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