'Hot in Cleveland' raises its temperature with a live episode tonight

ASSOCIATED PRESS Going live tonight (from left): Betty White, Wendie Malick, Valerie Bertinelli and Jane Leeves.
ASSOCIATED PRESS Going live tonight (from left): Betty White, Wendie Malick, Valerie Bertinelli and Jane Leeves.
Posted: June 19, 2013

AKRON, Ohio - When the comedy "Hot in Cleveland" begins a run of new episodes at 10 tonight on TV Land, it will start with some extra drama. The first episode will air live.

No film. No tape. No retakes. Excellent opportunities for on-air bloopers, unscheduled bursts of actors' laughter and maybe a curse or two. Just look at blooper reels from the show, especially those times when Betty White's reactions set off other performers.

Andy Cadiff, director of tonight's episode, "Buying the Pharmacy," said, "These ladies are so talented, that once they set their mind to what the goal is, they're going to accomplish it."

The ladies are, of course, Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick and Jane Leeves, as three West Coast women who have relocated to Cleveland, and White as a local resident with a smart mouth and a colorful past.

"We're going to rehearse a little bit differently," Cadiff said during a recent telephone interview. "We'll probably do more rehearsal than we usually do. We'll do the kind of rehearsal you do with a play when you're preparing for an opening-night performance. Which means we'll do run-throughs straight through."

But live or not, "Hot" has been a special experience for Cadiff.

"I've been very, very lucky in my career to work on some really great shows with great people. But this show is kind of an embarrassing luxury of riches. The four ladies are as talented as any women in television. . . . It seems like a cliche to say that they love each other, but they're the most generous of women. They truly like each other, sincerely. They have each other's back. They're so skilled that, for me, it's like, stand back and stay out of the way.

"People who guest star on the show always comment that ... it's so much fun, it's a very welcoming show. And we have a cast that trusts our writers. If there are some bumps along the road, something doesn't seem to be working, nobody panics. They always trust the writers to fix the problems in the script."

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