To celebrate its summer premiere, the cast of "Hot in Cleveland" took on a challenge most shows don't even consider. This was the first time "Hot in Cleveland" went live, although series star Betty White is more than familiar with live television, as most of television was broadcast that way when she got her start.
Overall, it was a fairly seamless performance, with nobody breaking character or noticeably messing up. Zap2It was looking for flubs, and attributed the only one they could notice to Betty White herself, ironically enough. But it happened early and didn't disrupt the flow of the scene.
Even the litany of guest stars had no problems with the live format, including Danny Pudi ("Community"), Brian Baumgartner ("The Office"), Shirley Jones and -- strangely -- William Shatner as Jones' son. Strange because Shatner is actually older than Jones.
But while nobody broke character during the episode, it was a whole different ballgame at the end, with the dialogue clearly talking about the live experience. "Right on time, give or take," Joy said.
“I don’t know about you, but my hands are empty. I feel like I need a martini," Victoria countered.
The summer season of "Hot in Cleveland" continues -- albeit not live -- every Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET on TV Land.
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