The stars of TV Land's "Hot in Cleveland" had a mix of reactions to news that they'll be performing in a live episode of the sitcom, set for 10 tonight. TV Land executives announced the stunt in November, and in January a nervous anticipation had set in for some of the show's leading actresses.
"My first reaction was, I'm absolutely so excited," said Jane Leeves. "And my second reaction is, 'Oh, good God!' I keep switching back and forth between fear and excitement." Star Wendie Malick was simply excited.
"I think it's going to really be a boost for all of us," she said in January during the Television Critics Association winter press tour. "It's always fun when the audience is there, and that will just be an audience of many millions." Valerie Bertinelli was still noodling through the logistics of how the cast and crew can even manage to produce a live episode.
"It takes us 2 1/2 to four hours to shoot our show, so I'm trying to figure out how we're gonna do it in 20 minutes because we've never done it in 20 minutes," she said. "I'm analyzing it. I think too much. I definitely overthink things."
For series regular Betty White, a live show takes her back to the early days of the medium when she hosted a live, local telecast for 5 1/2 hours each day.
"I'm looking forward to it. I love to do live television because it puts you on an edge where there's a little panic that goes on in here," she said, pointing to her stomach.
"That's the feeling I don't like," Bertinelli replied.