More Sunday-night time for 60 Minutes, more Inside TV Land
episodes and a new awards special headlined TV Land's short list of coming
attractions, detailed at a press briefing Tuesday morning.
First up will be TV Land Legends: The 60 Minutes Interviews, 13
half-hour profiles culled from the venerable CBS Sunday-evening newsmagazine and
hosted by correspondent Ed Bradley.
Each segment consists of one 60 Minutes interview with a famed TV star
or off-camera figure, including footage not used when the interview was
Four segments (Jackie Gleason/1984, Johnny Carson/1979, Jerry Seinfeld/1997
and Carol Burnett/year not given) will be packaged as a two-hour premiere
special Nov. 3 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. The series will launch one week later with
Bradley's Robin Williams conversation at 10 p.m., three hours after 60
Minutes runs on CBS.
Other profiles cover Candace Bergen, Steve Martin, Norman Lear and
Taxi/Cheers director James Burrows. The series will run through Feb.
Inside TV Land will return with the first of four new specials Nov. 10.
The first one will cover TV theme songs, using results from a top-40 countdown
poll on the network's Web site (www.tvland.com).
Two more episodes, on taboo TV matters and cop dramas/reality programs, will
appear later in the month, and a fashion-oriented episode is scheduled for Feb.
14. Gay Rosenthal Productions returns as the supplier.
Also, Jones disclosed that TV Land is developing an annual awards special
honoring both classic TV series and offbeat show highlights, such as wackiest
kiss or best sitcom home decor.
The first edition is planned for next March and, like sister channel VH1's
My VH1 Music Awards special, will deeply involve viewers in the selection
of categories and nominees.