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Wendie Malick: 'Hot In Cleveland' Saved Sitcoms (VIDEO)

Posted: 03/ 5/2012 3:33 pm

Veteran sitcom star Wendie Malick said she had lost faith in TV comedies ... until "Hot In Cleveland" came around. While promoting the TV Land comedy on "Good Day LA," (weekdays, 9 a.m. PST on Fox), Malick said she thought sitcoms had hit a rough patch after her stints on "Dream On" and "Just Shoot Me."

"I thought that maybe sitcoms should go off into the desert and call it a day," Malick said. "There was a long, dry period where they were pretty juvenile and silly and the writing wasn't very good."

However, Malick said TV Land helped reverse that course by pairing veteran writers with seasoned comics, like herself and the rest of the "Hot In Cleveland" cast, which includes Betty White, Jane Leeves and Valerie Bertinelli.

"In their wisdom, I think TV Land realized that there still was an opportunity to put together good comedians and get great writing and that people would tune in and that there was something incredibly comforting and enjoyable about that," Malick said.

"Hot In Cleveland" airs Wednesdays, 10 p.m. EST on TV Land.

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