Kelly Ripa hosts the fifth annual TV LAND AWARDS, airing April 22 at 9pm ET

    Lucille Ball, The Brady Bunch, Roots, Hee Haw and Taxi are among those to
    be honoured

    Canadian Television Premiere - April 22 at 9pm ET / 6pm PT

    TORONTO, April 10 /CNW/ - Kelly Ripa, actress and co-host of the popular
syndicated morning talk show LIVE with Regis and Kelly, hosts the fifth annual
TV Land Awards on April 14 at The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.
The gala premieres on TV Land Canada on Sunday, April 22 at 9pm ET / 6pm PT.
The TV Land Awards is an annual celebration that recognizes the classic
television shows and entertainers whose work has endured the test of time.
    All of this year's honourees are pop culture icons representing a
cross-section of classic television that "boomers" continue to love. Legendary
comedienne Carol Burnett will bestow the Legacy of Laughter Award on Lucie
Arnaz and Desi Arnaz, Jr. on behalf of their mother, Lucille Ball, for her
groundbreaking career and body of work, including her enduring sitcom I Love
Lucy. The cast of The Brady Bunch will be reunited on stage to accept the Pop
Culture Award. The landmark miniseries Roots, which celebrated its 30th
anniversary this year, will be honoured for its place in television history
with the Anniversary Award. The Entertainer Award will be given to Hee Haw,
one of television's longest-running country music series. Taxi, which launched
and furthered the careers of several Hollywood notables, will be awarded the
Medallion Award for keeping the meter running for all these years.
    TV Land will also present awards in several other categories, including
the 2006 Future Classic Award - which TV Land unveiled in 1998 and is
presented annually to the one new show from the previous calendar year that
best exemplifies the qualities of an emerging television classic. Previous
winners of the Future Classic Award include The Sopranos, Desperate
Housewives, Arrested Development and Grey's Anatomy, to name a few.
    The 90-minute TV Land Awards will feature dozens of celebrated past and
present television performers, as well as musical tributes and show parodies.
Stars scheduled to appear are LeVar Burton, Tony Danza, Ann B. Davis, Danny
DeVito, Louis Gossett Jr., Florence Henderson, Christopher Knight, Maureen
McCormick and Ben Vereen.

    TV Land Canada, a division of CHUM Television, is a 24-hour-a-day
English-language channel ( devoted to providing viewers a
range of familiar TV favourites that celebrate what is best about television.
It is the one place on the dial that people can always count on for timeless
TV satisfaction - guaranteed.

    CHUM Television is a division of CHUM Limited, one of Canada's leading
media companies and content providers which owns and operates radio stations,
local television stations, specialty channels and Internet properties.

For further information:

For further information: Alison Salinas, Senior Publicist, (416)
591-7400 x2865,; Jennifer Lo, Director of Communications,
(416) 591-7400 x2761,

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