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UPDATE: You can win signed ‘Hot In Cleveland’ script

Hot In Cleveland

 UPDATE: Judith Palmer has been randomly selected to win the autographed “Hot In Cleveland” script. A big thanks goes out to all of you who participated. Keep watching as I have more signed scripts to give away.

ORIGINAL POST: Over the years, I have been in the audience for numerous tapings of television sitcoms. If you’ve never been a part of a studio audience, it’s something you should put on your bucket list.

What will make or break the experience is how quickly the filming goes. I was at a taping of “Night Court” years ago and it went so slowly they are probably still trying to finish the episode. After eight hours watching them try to get enough material to fill a 22-minute episode, I had had enough and I left.

The exact opposite happened at a taping of “The Golden Girls.” They were done in an hour.

A recent taping of the TV Land mega hit “Hot In Cleveland” didn’t go that quickly but moved at a very rapid pace. It took several hours to complete the episode, “The Undead,” that you will be able to see next year when the new season opens.  The series airs at 10 p.m. Wednesdays on TV Land.

The extended shooting time is generally caused by scenes having to be shot several times. This could be caused by a mistake made by one of the actors or a new line written on the spot.

One big difference from other tapings was the food provided to the audience. Sandwiches were provided at the beginning and cookies were passed around later. It’s like dinner theater without the cover charge because all TV tapings are free. If you are interested in attending a taping there are several web sites that can help you.

Whether or not you make a trip to Los Angeles for a taping, you can still be connected to the show. TV Land has given me a “Hot In Cleveland” script that has been autographed by the entire cast. All you have to do is post a comment telling me which of the “Cleveland” cast matches your personality. A winner will be randomly selected from all of the comments.

I’ll give you until 11:59 p.m. Oct. 25 to post your comments. The winner will be notified on Oct. 28.

Start writing.

The rules and regulations are below.
Only readers who submit a comment on this post are eligible. Winners will be picked at random. Recipients will be notified by e-mail at the end of each giveaway period. No substitutions or transfer of winners/prizes. Prizes are not redeemable for cash. Some prizes may have due dates for redemption/use. Employees and immediate family of The Fresno Bee, and any/all of the participating giveaway sponsors, are not eligible to win. By accepting a giveaway, recipient consents to allow the use of his/her name and/or photograph for advertising or similar promotions without further compensation. Winner releases all sponsors of liability regarding use and enjoyment of the prizes. Tax liabilities and insurance, if any, are sole responsibility of the winner. No purchase necessary to win.

Responses to "UPDATE: You can win signed ‘Hot In Cleveland’ script"

David Hicks says:

I listened to you on WGN!

Susan McKee says:

I heard you on WGN.

Chris says:

Listening to your show on WGN!

Marlene Vondrak says:

I listened to you on WGN


I love HOT IN CLEVELAND!! I heard you on WGN RADIO in Chicago. This sight is so awesome. So glad I heard you today. I think this is such a smart comedy and really enjoy watching the reruns even though it hasn’t been on that long. I would really like to win this script and have it framed. Keep up the good work!!!

Kris Cook says:

I feel that I am most like Melanie since she appears to be vulnerable but with a strong inner core. I enjoyed listening to you on WGN 720 AM radio this morning.

Cindy McCarthy says:

Love hot in Cleveland. Plus love listening to you on WGN on Mondays. Always entertaining.

Dad2corbin says:

“Watching Sarah Michelle Gellar do comedy is like watching Kim Kardashian at a MENSA meeting.” Might just be the best line I have ever heard in a review. NICE!

Oh yeah, I listened to ya on WGN

Margaret J says:

I heard you on WGN today! I especially relate with “Melanie”. She seems to have good advise to her friends who always go oddly astray. I enjoy this show so much. It has quality writing and talented actresses who look like they know how to have fun!!

Deborah Cammarata says:

I have heard you on WGN radio a few times. I like your insight and humor. I am a fan of all the women in Hot in Cleveland as well as the show.

Lita says:

It has to be Betty White’s character Elka! And such a huge fan of Betty White she is so hilarious.

Tess says:

Jane Leeves character who plays Rejoyla hands down that matches with my personality!!

Lav says:

Elka (Betty White) matches my personality.

Donna says:

Valerie Bertinelli’s character I think I can relate the most with her character’s personality most definitely.

PT says:

Betty White’s character (Elka) would match mine for sure!!!

Bobbie Williams says:

(I was listening to you on WGN radio today)
My personality is closest to Elka’s. Not only do I have a familial European background, but I also have found that the older you get, the less you care about what others may think of you. Retorts come more easily, although at times the mouth filter must still be used. Life is too short for fretting it away.

David Hoffman says:

I heard you on 720 WGN in Chicago this morning and thought you were hilarious, thanks for the giveaway even if I dont win.


Ron says:

I’m not like any of the characters on the show, but love the show anyway. Betty White has always been a favorite and seeing her reminds me of my Mom and the time we spent together watching her on so many shows, especially Password, with her husband Allen Ludden. Also love the MTM show, one of my all time favorites!!!

Kaila says:

Elka! So funny!

Judith Palmer says:

I am not sure which character but I love Betty White and have liked everything she has been in for so many years, she is great.

Shelly stanford says:

Great show! Dynamic cast!

G William Norris III says:

Great show especially Betty White!

Barbara Rollins says:

Great show. Very funny. I love Jane Leeves, ever since she was a regular on Frasier.

Ron says:

I can’t say I’m like any of the characters, but really like the show. Started to watch because of Betty White. Whenever I see her I’m reminded of my late Mom. We would watch Betty together on all the games shows back in the 1970′s, especially Password with Allen Ludden. Also loved the Sue Ann Nivens character on the MTM show. And as Rose on The Golden Girls with that great, extremely funny & talented cast. Betty is someone who has been around all my life. I had the pleasure of seeing Betty & Allen at an Actors & Others Benefit in Hollywood in the late 1970′s, recently came across some old photographs on slides that we have from the event.

It would be nice to win the prize.

C. Lee says:

I’m definitely will try to attend a taping of “Hot in Cleveland” next time I’m in LA. It’s a hilarious show and watching them live will be a major plus.

Terry Rodriguez says:

Valerie Bertanellli character is my fav!
She has the perfect blend of sincerity and sarcasm when needed

Hillary says:

I laugh all the time when I watch this show. Betty has always been my favorite but the cast is extremely funny :)

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