BOB ODENKIRK PAYS TRIBUTE TO LATE COMEDIAN GARRY SHANDLING
GEORGE LOPEZ HOSTS EVENT PREMIERING SUNDAY, APRIL 17TH AT 9PM ET/PT ON TV LAND
Los Angeles, CA – April 10, 2016 – Television's most entertaining night of the year brought the house down as the TV Land Icon Awards in Celebration with Entertainment Weekly taped last night at The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. Premiering Sunday, April 17th at 9pm ET/PT on TV Land, the awards show kicked off with host George Lopez saying that his first pitch to the network, "Comedians in Cars Getting Churros," was passed on. The ceremony honored John Stamos with the Timeless Icon Award, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele with the Comedy Duo Icon Award, Debbie Allen with the Trailblazer Icon Award and "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story," with the Instant Icon Award. The night also featured a tribute to the late comedic legend, Garry Shandling presented by longtime friend, Bob Odenkirk.
John Stamos received the Timeless Icon Award, which is presented to an entertainer whose extraordinary work spans generations. His "Full House" and "Fuller House" co-stars Lori Loughlin and Dave Coulier, "Grandfathered" co-stars Paget Brewster and Josh Peck, and legendary television creator and film producer Garry Marshall presented him with his award after Candace Cameron Bure, Jimmy Kimmel, Don Rickles and Bob Saget toasted Stamos in a pre-recorded tribute. The GRAMMY-winning band The Beach Boys performed a mash-up of their mega-hits, including "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "Good Vibrations," and "Fun, Fun, Fun," before Stamos himself jumped on stage and joined them on the drums for a special performance of "Barbara Ann." Accepting his award, an emotional Stamos graciously thanked his fans for letting him in their living rooms all these years.
Rob Huebel presented Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, of the award-winning hit Comedy Central series "Key & Peele," with the Comedy Duo Icon Award, celebrating their hilarious sketches that instantly turn viral. Huebel spiced things up with a one-man improv jam as part of his introduction. Upon receiving their award, the duo humorously thanked everyone for knowing they have a show. They also thanked teenage sons for introducing their parents to their show over the holidays, and paid homage to fellow honoree Norman Lear by thanking him for groundbreaking shows such as "All in the Family" and "Good Times."
Innovative choreographer, director, actress and three-time Emmy® winner Debbie Allen ("FAME," "A Different World," "Scandal") received the Trailblazer Icon Award and actress Ellen Pompeo, whom Allen co-stars with and directs on the hit drama "Grey's Anatomy," presented her with the award. Before introducing a montage featuring Kerry Washington, Jada Pinkett Smith and Taraji P. Henson, Pompeo said that Allen is "always finding ways to help others while doing all of her other work." In the pre-recorded video, Washington said Allen was her "shero" and Smith said, "She's changed the game for many people and that's what makes her a true icon." Lastly, Henson remarked about Allen that she "never forgets to keep raising creative artists." Dancers then rushed the stage for an electrifying performance to the iconic song "Fame," as part of Allen's tribute.
Sutton Foster introduced the IHOP Fan Favorite Character Icon Award, which fans were able to vote on for weeks leading up to the taping. Jim Parsons, who plays the forever-nerdy Sheldon Cooper on the long-running hit sitcom "The Big Bang Theory" won the award.
The ceremony also included a heartfelt tribute to a comedic legend and inspiration, Emmy® Award-winning Garry Shandling ("The Larry Sanders Show," "It's Garry Shandling's Show"), presented by his longtime friend, "Better Call Saul" star Bob Odenkirk, who said that "when Garry asked you how you're doing he actually wanted you to answer."
FX's hit series, the much-talked about drama "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story," was honored with the Instant Icon Award, with Oscar® winner Cuba Gooding Jr. accepting on behalf of the series' stars, creators and producers. "Entertainment Tonight's" Kevin Frazier presented Gooding with the award. Upon receiving the award, Gooding said, "It is so humbling…we are incredibly grateful to you, the fans. There isn't a day that goes by that someone doesn't say how affected they are. The show succeeded on so many levels and we're thrilled it connected so deeply with viewers."
The show-stopping finale of the TV Land Icon Awards was a tribute to three-time Emmy® Award winner, the renowned television creator Norman Lear, who received the Impact Icon Award, praising individuals that have made a significant impression on American entertainment and culture. Seth McFarlane, who presented Lear with the award, remarked, "[Lear] is 50 years older than me and better than me all around," and comedian and sitcom star Jerrod Carmichael said in a pre-taped message that Lear "has created art that has genuinely touched people's lives. " Oscar®, Emmy®, Tony® and GRAMMY® winner Rita Moreno and "Good Times" star Jimmie Walker appeared in Lear's tribute, and "Hollywood Game Night" host Jane Lynch toasted and paid homage to Lear, saying that his work in television made the world more welcoming for everyone. "Glee" star and recording artist Amber Riley and "The Voice" winner Javier Colon performed a special medley of theme songs from Lear's shows, bringing the crowd to its feet and ending the night with standing ovation.
The TV Land Icon Awards is produced by TV Land Productions, and Eddie Delbridge, Shelly Sumpter Gillyard and Jay Schmalholz are executive producers.
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