Los Angeles, CA – March 31, 2009 — Multitalented Don Rickles, the world’s most beloved “outrageous comic,” actor and author will be bestowed the Legend Award at “The 2009 TV Land Awards,” it was announced today by Larry W. Jones, president, TV Land. The Legend Award is presented to an entertainer or a television show that has stood the test of time and ranks among the most memorable and celebrated in television and movie history. The 2009 TV Land Awards will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle) and will tape on Sunday, April 19, at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City to air on TV Land during a special presentation of TV Land PRIME on Sunday, April 26 at 8pm ET/PT. Previous recipients of the Legend Award include The Carol Burnett Show, Cheers, Garry Marshall, The Andy Griffith Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show.
“I feel honored that TV Land has finally woken up and decided to make me this year’s recipient of the Legend Award,” says Don Rickles. “Throughout my career, I have loved entertaining people and to be recognized for my achievements is truly extraordinary.”
“Don Rickles is a national treasure whose comedy transcends generations,” states Jones. “He is a true pioneer who has won the hearts of millions across the world with his quick wit and sarcasm. TV Land is thrilled to present him with this year’s Legend Award.”
TV Land previously announced additional honorees for this year’s show including Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Legacy of Laughter Award), Married with Children (Innovator Award), M*A*S*H (Impact Award), Home Improvement (Fan Favorite Award), Magnum P.I. (Hero Award), Two and a Half Men (Future Classic Award) and Knots Landing (30th Anniversary Award).
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