Celebrity icons from television, film and music joined TV Land and host Kelly Ripa for an unforgettable evening tonight at the "TV Land Awards" 10th Anniversary celebration, which returned to New York for the second year in a row! The gala event, which premieres on TV Land tonight, April 29 at 9pm ET/PT, honored Aretha Franklin (Music Icon Award) and the casts of "Laverne & Shirley" (Fan Favorite Award), "One Day At A Time" (Innovator Award), "In Living Color" (Groundbreaking Award), "Murphy Brown" (Impact Award) and "Pee-wee's Playhouse" (Pop Culture Award).
Memorable moments in this night of top-notch entertainment included a hilarious opening sketch (with 13 costume changes!) by second-time host Kelly Ripa, who started the show coming down from the ceiling dressed as Catwoman. "Murphy Brown" co-star Faith Ford danced like her alter ego on the show, Corky, while Jim Carrey gave a heartfelt speech when accepting the Groundbreaking Award with his fellow cast members of "In Living Color." The "TV Land Awards" 10th Anniversary also featured amazing performances by Music Icon Award-winner Aretha Franklin singing her hit songs "RESPECT," "Chain of Fools," "I Came To Lift Him Up" and "Ombra Mai Fu,"(some of which will be posted exclusively on TVLand.com). To close the night, the "In Living Color" Fly Girls danced out the show with Kelly Ripa to The B-52's "Rock Lobster."
The tribute awards included the following:
THE FAN FAVORITE AWARD
"Laverne & Shirley" still lives in the hearts of viewers everywhere and was the recipient of this year's Fan Favorite Award, which goes to a series that's an All-American classic. Presented by Katie Couric, "Laverne & Shirley" stars Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, Michael McKean and David Lander accepted the honor.
THE IMPACT AWARD
Receiving the Impact Award this year was the cast of "Murphy Brown" - Candice Bergen, Faith Ford, Grant Shaud, Charles Kimbrough and Joe Regalbuto - as well as show creator Diane English. Presented by host Kelly Ripa, The Impact Award is given to a series that offered both entertainment and enlightenment with comedy that reflected reality.
THE GROUNDBREAKING AWARD
The Groundbreaking Award, given to a series that breaks down barriers in television, was presented to the Emmy(R) Award-winning series "In Living Color" by Whoopi Goldberg. Accepting on behalf of the show was creator and star Keenen Ivory Wayans, as well as Jim Carrey, Tommy Davidson, Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Kelly Coffield Park, Kim Wayans, T'Keyah Crystal Keymah, David Alan Grier and former Fly Girls Carrie Ann Inaba, Laurieann Gibson, Lisa Marie Todd, Deidre Lang and Michelle Whitney-Morrison.
THE POP CULTURE AWARD
The Emmy(R) Award-winning children's series "Pee-wee's Playhouse" has been a staple in pop culture for over 25 years and fittingly received the Pop Culture Award. Paul Reubens, the actor and comedy icon who created the character of Pee-Wee Herman, accepted the award on behalf of the series from presenter Mike Myers.