This is turning out to be a really great week for Hot in Cleveland fans. Fresh off the announcement of a fifth season renewal comes news that the hit sitcom will host a Mary Tyler Moore Show reunion sometime during its new season.
Deadline reports that the episode, which is scheduled to begin taping April 5, brings stars Betty White and Georgia Engel — who has been recurring on Cleveland since Season 3 — back together with Mary Tyler Moore, Valerie Harper and Raising Hope star Cloris Leachman, all of whom starred together on the hit ’70s sitcom about a lovelorn, small-town news reporter (Moore).
Moore, Harper and Leachman will appear in Cleveland as former members of Elka and Mamie Sue’s championship bowling team, GLOB: The Gorgeous Ladies of Bowling, which parted ways due to irreconcilable differences stemming from their massive, post-championship egos. In the yet-untitled episode, Elka and Mamie Sue decide to get the team back together for reasons that are unknown at this point; perhaps to make one last championship run, or to serve as rivals to a bowling team Melanie, Joy and Victoria decide to start up? Whatever the case, it will be Harper’s and Leachman’s first appearance on the series, but not Moore’s. She appeared once before, sharing a jail cell with Elka back in Season 2.
The Cleveland reunion will be a first for all five women in one regard, however: it is believed to be the first time they’ve shared a stage together since The Mary Tyler Moore Show wrapped back in 1977. The 73-year-old Harper, who played Rhoda Morgenstern on the sitcom and later received her own self-titled spinoff, recently announced to People she was diagnosed with brain cancer, so this may be a first and last type of occasion for the quintet, unfortunately.
Hot in Cleveland, which stars White, Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick, returns for its fifth season on Wednesday, June 19, at 10 p.m. ET with its first-ever live-to-air episode. West coasters will get a live-to-tape version at 10 p.m. PT.
An air date for the reunion episode itself has yet to be announced.