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By Tim O'Brien     Apr 15, 2012 in Entertainment
We all watch even though many simply will not admit it. We all watch TV. Sure, those channel choices have gone through the roof and the selection is much more than most can handle. But, TV is still a major part of what people do for entertainment.
Now, take a trip back to the days when there weren't as many channels and the workplace was often filled with conversations of what people watched the night before.
Those days are what TV Land is all about. They handed out their annual awards last night (April 14). Today, they even create their own memories with shows like "Hot in Cleveland." The show marked its 10th year and was hosted by Kelly Ripa. It will air on the channel April 29.
The awards:
THE FAN FAVORITE AWARD
"Laverne & Shirley" wins this one. 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. The Impact Award is given to a series that offered both entertainment and enlightenment with comedy that reflected reality. It was presented by host Ripa.
THE GROUNDBREAKING AWARD
The Groundbreaking Award, given to a series that breaks down barriers in television, was presented to the Emmy® 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® Award-winning children’s series "Pee-wee’s Playhouse." Paul Reubens accepted the award on behalf of the series from presenter Mike Myers.
THE MUSIC ICON AWARD
The Music Icon Award was given to celebrated musician and "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin who was presented the prize from presenter John Legend.
THE INNOVATOR AWARD
Fran Drescher presented the Innovator Award to the cast of "One Day at a Time." Valerie Bertinelli, Bonnie Franklin, Mackenzie Phillips, Pat Harrington, Glenn Scarpelli and Richard Masur accepted the award on behalf of the series.
* TV Land Awards pay tribute to classic and contemporary luminaries of television, music and movies.
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