TV Land’s red-hot sitcom Hot in Cleveland is back for Season 5 on Wednesday, kicking off with a live episode at 10pm ET. The new season finds friends Melanie (Valerie Bertinelli), Joy (Jane Leeves) and Victoria (Wendie Malick), and their feisty landlady Elka (Betty White), trying to digest some shocking news from Melanie’s doctor. The episode also features an appearance by The Soul Man‘s Rev. Boyce Ballentine (played by Cedric the Entertainer).
Then at 10:30pm ET is the live Season 3 premiere of The Soul Man, starring Cedric the Entertainer as the Rev. Boyce Ballentine, an R&B star turned minister, and Niecy Nash as his wife, Lolli. Season 2 wrapped up with Boyce back in the recording studio, and a TV newsmagazine show revealing what Boyce’s family and friends really think of him. Making a crossover guest appearance in tonight’s episode is Betty White as her Hot in Cleveland character, Elka. Martin Lawrence also makes a guest appearance as Rudy, Boyce’s former drummer who helps to bring the band back together. And Brandy Norwood guest stars as Rita, one of Boyce’s former backup dancers. Grammy-nominated artist B.o.B joins Centric the Entertainer for musical performance to close out the live show.
The Soul Man‘s live premiere will be simulcast across TV Land, BET and CENTRIC.
On LiveFromTVLand.com, viewers can see additional behind-the-scenes footage and everything the studio audience gets to see at the live shows, including comedians warming up the crowd, what happens just before the show begins, actors entering and exiting the stage, and what goes on during commercial breaks. The live digital event starts Wednesday at 9:55pm ET. Viewers can also interact live on Twitter using the hashtags #HOTLive and #SOULMANLive.