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Jason Priestley to guest star on 'Hot in Cleveland' -- EXCLUSIVE

If Hot in Cleveland‘s fifth season didn’t already have your attention — what with Melanie’s pregnancy and all — the show has enlisted a rather attractive guest star to sweeten the deal. EW has learned exclusively that Jason Priestley is joining the show as Corey Chambers, a handsome movie star Melanie had a crush on back in high school. (Hmm, a high school heartthrob? Sounds a lot like Priestley’s Beverly Hills, 90210 past.)

And Chambers might turn into more than just a thing of the past when Victoria asks for her friends’ help with increasing her chances in the Oscar race. Let’s just say Melanie might get to make her teenage dream something of an adult reality.

Other guest stars you have to look forward to this season include New Girl‘s Max Greenfield and returning guest stars Jennifer Love Hewitt, Craig Ferguson, John Mahoney,  Michael McMillian, Jay Harrington, Dave Foley, and Georgia Engel as Mamie Sue.

And if that still isn’t enough for you, this season will also include a crossover between Hot in Cleveland and TVLand’s new show Kirstie — think Kirstie Alley — when the ladies travel to New York City.

Hot in Cleveland airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on TV Land.

Carol Burnett plays with puppets on 'Hot in Cleveland'

Carol Burnett fans have been looking forward to her appearance on Hot In Cleveland and her reunion with Mama’s Family costar Betty White for months now. And it’s looking like the funny lady won’t disappoint, bringing that absurd sense of humor (and that voice!) that we love to tonight’s episode. Burnett plays Victoria’s (Wendie Malick) mother Penny, a local Canoga Falls TV legend and children’s program puppeteer, who’s dealing with a cluttered house and scattering mind. Watch the icon’s dramatic entrance below: READ FULL STORY

Betty White wrote a cursive letter to the Internet

Betty White wrote a delightful letter asking fans to watch Wednesday’s live season premiere of Hot in Cleveland. The note begins “Dear Internet” and is basically perfect.

“Who knew at 91 that I would be blessed to work on yet another wonderful and fun sitcom!” White writes. “And boy, do I have a blast. Where else could I get to be a bride, a jailbird, a college freshman, and a fugitive in Amish Country?”

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Later she promises, “I can guarantee you there will be no mistakes… that we can’t cover (or have fun trying!) Really what could possibly go wrong!?”

Check out the full note on Hot in Cleveland‘s Facebook page. The live episode airs tomorrow at 10 p.m. ET on TV Land, if you want to watch and make Betty happy!

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Valerie Harper and 'Mary Tyler Moore Show' cast reunite -- VIDEO

Here’s something that should suddenly make this nothing day seem worthwhile: This afternoon, Katie takes a trip to the set of Hot in Cleveland, where Mary Tyler Moore, Valerie Harper, and Cloris Leachman recently filmed a guest spot alongside their old Mary Tyler Moore cast mates (and current Cleveland residents) Betty White and Georgia Engel.

Though it’s been over 30 years since the ladies appeared on a sitcom together, you’d never know it from their strong rapport. Here’s a sneak peek of Moore and Harper explaining why Mary Richards had such a hold on women. (Valerie’s explanation: “Mary is who you wish you were, Rhoda is who you probably are, and Phyllis is who you’re afraid you’ll become.”)

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'Mary Tyler Moore' reunion alert: Moore, Valerie Harper, Cloris Leachman to guest on 'Hot in Cleveland'

Minneapolis’s finest are coming to Cleveland.

TV Land revealed today that Mary Tyler Moore, Valerie Harper, and Cloris Leachman will all guest star on an upcoming episode of Hot in Cleveland, Betty White’s popular TV Land sitcom. All four actresses starred in the multiple Emmy-winning Mary Tyler Moore Show. Georgia Engel, who played sweet but dim Georgette Franklin on the classic sitcom, will appear in the episode as well; she’s had a recurring role on Cleveland since last spring.

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'Hot in Cleveland' renewed for 5th season

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Once again, TV Land is bringing back Hot in Cleveland for another season.

Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and Betty White will return for a fifth round. “This is an incredible milestone for the show and for TV Land,” said TV Land president Larry W. Jones. “To have our first scripted sitcom make it to the syndication level is a huge accomplishment. We have a brilliant creative team both in front of and behind the camera. We are so proud to be on this exciting ride with them.”

The first half of the current fourth season averaged 2 million viewers. The fifth season will start shooting this fall. New episodes return June 19 with a special live premiere episode.

'Hot in Cleveland' taps 'Ugly Betty' alum Michael Urie for guest spot -- EXCLUSIVE

Although his show Partners was cancelled back in November, Michael Urie has found work on another comedy. EW has exclusively learned that Urie — who used to star as the beloved Marc St. James on ABC’s Ugly Betty — will guest star on the next season of TV Land’s hit Hot in Cleveland.

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Cee Lo Green to guest on TV Land's 'Soul Man' as rival pastor to Cedric the Entertainer -- EXCLUSIVE

Cee Lo Green is busy coaching on NBC’s The Voice, writing a memoir, working on multiple albums, and prepping a residency in Las Vegas. But he isn’t stopping there: EW has exclusively learned that Green is taping a guest spot on TV Land’s new sitcom The Soul Man this week.

The TV Land comedy stars Cedric the Entertainer as Reverend Boyce, a former R&B star, and Niecy Nash as his wife, Lolli. Green is set to appear as — what else? — a flashy rival preacher who’s stealing congregation members from Boyce’s church.

The Soul Man premieres on TV Land June 20 at 10 p.m. and follows Boyce as he moves home to St. Louis with his family to preach at his father’s church where his clan has to adjust to their new, humble life. The show was originally a spin-off of TV Land’s successful comedy Hot in Cleveland, which featured Boyce in the Aug. 24, 2011, episode “Bridezelka” alongside series stars Betty White, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick, and Valerie Bertinelli. Soul Man producers include Cleveland producers Suzanne Martin, Todd Milliner, and Sean Hayes, along with Soul Man star Cedric the Entertainer and showrunner Phoef Sutton.

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'Hot in Cleveland': David Spade to guest star -- EXCLUSIVE

The ladies of TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland — Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick, and Betty White — regularly work opposite great guest stars, from Regis Philbin to Joan Rivers. Well, you can add another notch to that post: EW has learned exclusively that SNL and Just Shoot Me alum David Spade will make his first appearance on the show, in an episode tentatively scheduled to air at the end of May.

Spade, of course, worked alongside Malick — who stars in the show as narcissistic ex-soap star Victoria Chase — for seven seasons on the NBC sitcom, Just Shoot Me. Cleveland regularly casts actors from the four lead’s old television shows, including Mary Tyler Moore‘s Mary Tyler Moore and Ed Asner, Frasier‘s John Mahoney, One Day at a Time‘s Bonnie Franklin, and Just Shoot Me‘s Laura San Giacomo.

Spade’s appearance should be especially funny: The comedian is set to play a rival hairstylist in the salon where Philbin’s character works. Hot in Cleveland airs new episodes on Wednesday at 10 p.m.

Tanner on Twitter: @EWTanStransky

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'Hot in Cleveland': 'Mary Tyler Moore' alum Ed Asner shows up! -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

As we told you back in December, Ed Asner is headed for a Mary Tyler Moore reunion with his old costar Betty White on TV Land’s throwback sitcom Hot in Cleveland. And now, EW has the exclusive first look at his role on the show, which finds him playing Jameson Lyons, the president of a prestigious country club in Cleveland.

The video below presents Asner in all his sitcom glory, going toe to toe with Cleveland‘s three hotties, Melanie (Valerie Bertinelli), Joy (Jane Leeves), and Victoria (Wendie Malick), as they make an attempt to join his country club.

In the clip, Elka (White) is nowhere to be found until near the end when it’s revealed that — wait for it — she used to work (in the name of all things Lou Grant, there’s the wink!) with Jameson, who fired her after he hit on her and she turned him down. Or so she says. Apparently, Elka spends the episode trying to avenge those wrongs from the past.

Jon Lovitz, James Patrick Stuart, and Maree Cheatham also guest star in the episode, which airs tonight on TV Land. Get a sneak peek of Asner on Hot in Cleveland here:

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Regis Philbin, Joan Rivers, and more to guest on 'Hot in Cleveland'

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A handful of new faces — led by former talk-show host Regis Philbin and comedian Joan Rivers — are set to stop by TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland this season.

The network announced its slate of guest stars for the series, which also includes Mary Tyler Moore‘s Georgia Engel, Cheers‘ Rhea Perlman, Desperate Housewives‘ Roger Bart, Weeds‘ Kevin Nealon, Cinderella Man‘s Craig Bierko, and Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Cribbs.

The bevy of guest stars join a slate of previously announced actors this season including Jon Lovitz, Gilles Marini, Ed Asner, Christopher Gorham, Rick Springfield, James Patrick Stuart, and Kristen Chenoweth. The show regularly casts familiar faces from classic television shows.

Hot in Cleveland airs new episodes on Wednesdays at 10 p.m.

Tanner on Twitter: @EWTanStransky

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Liza Minnelli to guest-star on 'Hot in Cleveland'

As if Hot in Cleveland weren’t already sparkly and fabulous enough with the likes of Betty White (and her always-bedazzled jump suits!) leading the way, the show’s about to get another serious injection of razzle-dazzle: Stage and screen legend Liza Minnelli has signed on to guest-star on the TV Land sitcom for one episode, sources have confirmed. TVLine first reported the news.

The legend — who won an Oscar for Cabaret back in 1973 and has popped up more recently in fare ranging from Arrested Development to Sex and the City 2 — is set to play the agent of fading actress Victoria Chase (Wendie Malick). It’s a perfect time, in fact, for Chase’s agent to show up, as she’s seen a story line this season that focused on her trying to nab a talk show gig in New York City.

Indeed, Chase is constantly talking about getting back into the game. Will it be Minnelli — one of showbiz’s only performers to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony — who will help the actress regain her mojo? Seems very likely.

Tanner on Twitter: @EWTanStransky

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Betty White to kick-off Christmas-themed 'Monday Night Football'

We already knew Betty White could take a hit. But Snickers commercial aside, who knew she was ESPN’s secret weapon to replace the disgraced Hank Williams Jr.?

The sports network announced today that the beloved Hot in Cleveland star will appear in the Christmas-themed opening to Monday Night Football this week, before the Saints play the Falcons. It’s only a one-night gig for the 89-year-old actress, whose amazing career extends to hosting the Rose Bowl parade, multiple Emmys for iconic sitcom roles, feeling-up Sandra Bullock in The Proposal, and hosting Saturday Night Live. Yeah, I think she’s more than ready for some Monday Night Football.

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