Kelly Ripa drops in
The evening’s host opened the show with a taped sketch of her deciding which TV-inspired costume she’d wear for her entrance: She opted for Catwoman, and descended from the ceiling.
In Living Color cast accepts the Groundbreaking Award
Jim Carrey’s speech about the show that launched his career might have been heartfelt, but backstage, the cast confirmed it was nothing but laughs at their table. ”We were having some fun with the dinner,” Carrey told EW. ”I’m sure it tasted good…it was pre-chewed.”
In Living Color Fly Girls with TV Land Awards host Kelly Ripa
Fly Girls, including longtime Lady Gaga choreographer Laurieann Gibson (pictured, right) danced with Ripa to the music of the house band, the B-52s, to close out the show.
Pee-wee Herman gets a Pop Culture Award for Playhouse shelf
The day’s secret word was ”gratitude,” Paul Reubens revealed onstage to much applause. ”It was exciting. I think the audience got cued to scream,” he told EW. ”I don’t want to burst anyone’s bubble, but I think that’s what happened. That’s why it was so big.”
Aretha Franklin, winner of the Music Icon Award
The Queen of Soul accepted her award from John Legend, who serenaded her onstage. But she was also put to work: She performed four songs (”Respect,” ”Chain of Fools,” ”I Came To Lift Him Up,” and ”Ombra Mai Fu”).
Laverne & Shirley cast accepts the Fan Favorite Award
After presenter Katie Couric got the audience to join her in ”Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated,” ABC’s original two broke girls (Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams) accepted their award with Michael McKeon and David L. Lander. Boo Boo Kitty remained seated at their table.
Murphy Brown cast accepts the Impact Award
Onstage, Candice Bergen said CBS had been afraid the character Murphy Brown would be too unlikable. Couldn’t she be 30 instead of 40? Couldn?t she have just returned from a spa instead of the Betty Ford Clinic in the pilot? But people — save for maybe one Vice President, Bergen quipped — fell in love with her. Show creator Diane English (pictured, left, next to Bergen) dedicated the award to the late Mike Wallace, saying she always thought of Murphy as ”Mike Wallace in a dress.”
One Day at a Time cast accepts the Innovator Award
The show was honored for its portrayal of a single mother and for tackling story lines like premarital sex, suicide, and sexual harassment. But what do fans like to talk to Bonnie Franklin (pictured, far left) about? The episode when Ann Romano turned 36. ”It’s when I did the whole second half as a monologue,” Franklin told EW. ”People talk about that a lot for some reason. It wasn’t our best episode,” she laughed.