TV Land Awards honor "Murphy Brown," "Laverne & Shirley and "One Day at a Time"
The red carpet was jam-packed with cast members reuniting for the first time in years. Many hugs were shared as the TV stars entered the 10th annual event, held at the Lexington Avenue Armory in New York.Pictures: TV Land Awards 2012
The "One Day at a Time" cast was back together to accept the innovator award, given to a series that helped re-define a TV genre. Actor Glenn Scarpelli said it had been 24 years since the cast was all together in one room.
"I think a lot of things resonated with people," "One Day at a Time" actress MacKenzie Phillips told CBSNews.com about the series, which ran for nine seasons on CBS. "I think having two sisters who are so diametrically opposed with a parent that was into having these girls grow up in such a specific way. Being a single parent ... Julie being a rebel ... Barb - Valerie [Bertinelli] -- being the one who wanted to please Mom all the time, and those roles would switch. Just like real life. Just like a real family."
"Laverne & Shirley" actress Cindy Williams sounded happy to attend the ceremony to accept the fan favorite award, alongside her co-stars Penny Marshall, Michael McKean and David Lander.
"It's such an honor," Williams said. "It's such a happy occasion. It's so lively. This is how America should be 24/7."
"We were about Everyman," Williams recalled about "Laverne & Shirley," which ran from 1976-1983. "We had everybody's problems, and everybody could relate to it, young and old ... We always were dreaming big and get shot down, only to pick ourselves up again."
"Murphy Brown" received the impact award for its use of hot topics and current events throughout the decade-long series. The cast members get together every few years, but said it's always a thrill to see one another.
"It's a great feeling," said Charles Kimbrough, who portrayed Jim Dial on the Candice Bergen-series. "You feel like you're back in it again for the moment."
Looking back, Kimbrough said the show was quickly a critics' favorite, but it was unclear for a time whether that would turn into viewership.
"The show was fast-paced and smart and would carry the audience along with it," he said. "It was exhilarating to find out that so many people liked the show."
Faith Ford, who played the perky journalist Corky Sherwood on "Murphy Brown," said, "She [Sherwood] was quite a character, and she was very unedited. Maybe if she had the sense to think about what she said, she wouldn't have said it. But she didn't care."
"In Living Color" went home with the groundbreaking award, while Paul Reuben's "Pee-wee Herman" series scored the pop culture award of the night.
Despite its name, the TV Land Awards also honored music. Aretha Franklin received the music icon award. The 70-year-old singer, who also performed at the ceremony, told CBSNews.com, "It's thrilling. It's very exciting just to be back in New York."
The B-52s served as the house band at the Kelly Ripa-hosted event, which will be broadcast April 29 at 9 p.m. ET on TV Land.
TV Land Awards 2012
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