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Amazon signs Viacom for Prime instant streaming

Good news for everyone owning a Kindle Fire and subscribed to Amazon Prime (as well as owners of any other media streaming device with Prime compatibility,) as Amazon has announced that it will now offer its subscribers increased instant streaming of videos to supported devices. The press release states that users will be able to stream TV shows from MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, TV Land, Spike, VH1, BET, CMT and Logo.

All of this is made possible due to Amazon recently making a deal with Viacom, bringing the total number of available streaming offerings to over 15,000, all of which are supported on over 300 devices. Between Netflix, the Redbox-Verizon deal, and Amazon Prime, the streaming video subscription space is heating up!


Kirstie Alley: Cable TV’s Most Wanted

Kirstie Alley, Dancing With the Stars

For some celebs, Dancing With the Stars is a great career move. TV Land and HBO have both recently approached Kirstie Alley since she’s been on the show, asking her to headline two scripted comedy series.

Of the TV Land project, Alley said the series is “being written for me right now that I really love the concept of.” She had less information about the HBO gig; there’s no plot in place at the moment. Either way, we'd love to see Kirstie on a comedy series again.

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This Week on TV (1/17-1/23)

(Make sure to check out TV Envy's Programming Schedule.)

MONDAY (1/17)

  • Two and a Half Men (CBS, 9 P.M.): "Charlie can't get over Rose being married, and he begins to stalk her." He never realized she was a Heavenly Creature until now.
  • Heavy (A&E, 10 P.M.): Series premiere. "Two 37-year-olds from Houston are profiled in the opener of a series following 22 individuals struggling with obesity as they try to adhere to a healthy regimen for six months." This isn't light fare we're talking about.
  • Harry's Law (NBC, 10 P.M.): Series premiere. "Irascible attorney Harriet 'Harry' Korn is fired in the series opener and sets up her own practice in an abandoned shoe store." Her clients shouldn't be fooled into thinking they will Payless.

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TV on DVD: January 11, 2011

Hot in Cleveland Season 1 DVDHere are some of the options available this week:

  • All in the Family (Season 8)
  • Black Butler (Season 1, Part 1)
  • Criss Angel: Mindfreak (Season 6)
  • Doctor Who: The Dominators (Story 44)
  • Doctor Who: Meglos (Story 111)
  • ER (Season 14)
  • Greek: Chapter Five (Season 3)
  • Hot in Cleveland (Season 1)
  • Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey
  • Rules of Engagement (Season 4)
  • Skins (Volume 4)
  • Universe (Season 5)
  • Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (Season 4, Vol. 2)

Make sure to also check out the film options for this week.

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Hot Cleveland Tidbits: Bonnie Franklin to Reunite with TV Daughter

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Comedy, Cable, Gossip, Video,

Bonnie Franklin is doing a guest stint on Hot in Cleveland, which will reunite the actress with her One Day at a Time daughter Valerie Bertinelli.

In that old CBS series, Franklin played divorcee Ann Romano, who raised her two daughters (Bertinelli and MacKenzie Phillips) in an apartment in Indianapolis. One Day at a Time ran from 1975 to 1984.

Franklin and Bertinelli aren’t the only former costars who will reunite during Cleveland’s second season. The show also has a guest spot planned for TV legend Mary Tyler Moore, who worked with Betty White on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Season 2 of TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland -- which also stars Wendie Malick and Jane Leeves -- will debut in January.

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Joe Jonas to Appear on Hot in Cleveland

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Comedy, Prime Time, Cable, Video,

, the middle Jonas Brother, will soon be heating up TV Land.

The singer will appear on the new series Hot in Cleveland, potentially for multiple episodes. Jonas will guest as ’s (Melanie Moretti’s) son, which leaves a lot of room for repeat visits. His first stop in town will happen in August.

also stars Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves and Betty White. It airs on Wednesday nights at 10:30 pm.

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Hot in Cleveland Gets Second Season

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Comedy, Prime Time, Cable, Renewals, Video,

TV Land’s original series has just been picked up for another season. The cable network has ordered 20 more episodes, which adds up to a lot of new laughs.

Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick, Valerie Bertinelli and Betty White will all return for Season 2 which begins production in October.

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Hot in Cleveland Fires Up TV Land Ratings

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Comedy, Prime Time, Cable, Ratings,

Hot in Cleveland castTV Land’s much-marketed comedy series, , burned up the cable network’s ratings during its Wednesday night premiere.

The scored 4.75 million viewers for the channel, making it the most-watched broadcast in TV Land history.

Hot in Cleveland is an ensemble comedy starring Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves, Valerie Bertinelli and . It airs on TV Land on Wednesdays at 10:30 pm EST.

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Review: Hot in Cleveland a Little Lukewarm

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Comedy, Prime Time, Cable, Gossip, Video,

TV Land’s highly-promoted comedy, Hot in Cleveland, premiered Wednesday night. The series has ‘s huge popularity, three more very respectable female comedy stars, and a gigantic marketing budget behind it. But did it deliver true TV heat?

The opening scene of the pilot introduced viewers to three great-looking, stylish women: Wendie Malick’s Victoria Chase, a former daytime TV star; Jane Leeves as Joy Scroggs, the “eyebrow queen of Beverly Hills” and ’s Melanie Moretti, book author.

The sequence began with a series of predictable, female-oriented jokes - age and looks, mainly - but Wendie Malick’s delivery made the scene more believable. The setup: three best friends going to Paris together for a couple of weeks of fun. They traded quips until Melanie (Bertinelli) had an unfortunate run-in on the airplane with her ex-husband, on his way to Paris with his new fiancée. More melodrama ensued when the plane ride became increasingly turbulent. As they began careening toward certain death, Victoria vowed to stop being vain, Melanie to stop being afraid and Joy to stop complaining. The plane landed safely in Cleveland, and that’s when the show really began.

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TV Talk: Bosom Buddies Reunite, Record Numbers for Deadliest Catch

Bosom Buddies-Bosom Buddies Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari will be reuniting once again on television. The former costars will appear on the upcoming TV Land Awards when their comedy is honored. Donna Dixon, Thelma Hopkins and Holland Taylor will also be present. The ceremony will air on April 25.

-Memories of Captain Phil Harris helped garner big numbers for the return of the Deadliest Catch. The show’s Season 6 premiere drew in the program’s biggest audience ever (4.6 million viewers).

-Rickey Minor, American Idol‘s current musical director, will take over where Kevin Eubanks leaves off. Jay Leno’s music man of 18 years officially announced that he will leave The Tonight Show on May 28. Minor will begin his stint on June 7.

-Rielle Edwards, the mother of John Edwards’ love child, has booked her first television interview. Although she’s had conversations with Barbara Walters, the woman with the crazy hair will be sitting down with Oprah Winfrey. An air date has not yet been announced.