Oprah. Heather Locklear. Homer Simpson. Regardless of age, TV genre or lifeform, there are select TV personalities whose work is timeless and whose popularity is endless due to the impact they have made through television. Entertainment Weekly and TV Land Present: The 50 Greatest TV Icons, a two-hour special premiering on TV Land on Friday, November 16 from 8-10pm ET/PT, counts down the iconic personalities who have made their indelible mark via the small screen. The list will also be revealed in the issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands that same day.
Whether these beloved performers have made the list because they are game changers like Jerry Seinfeld, have the longevity of Kermit, or the instant rise to super stardom like Farrah, Entertainment Weekly and TV Land Present: The 50 Greatest TV Icons takes a comprehensive look at these respected icons, all culled from over 50 years of television. The TV Land original special and Entertainment Weekly feature story (November 23rd issue, on stands the 16th) both feature interviews with the stars themselves as well as people who have worked with them, knew them, created them or were inspired by them. The Entertainment Weekly story celebrates the list by taking an in-depth look at each of the stars, while TV Land honors the performers in the special by giving viewers access to rarely seen footage that solidifies each icon's place in TV history. The TV Land special is produced by Gay Rosenthal Productions.
"America has gotten to know so many talented performers through television so it was very difficult to narrow the list down to 50," states Larry W. Jones, President, TV Land. "However, when you look at this list, it's clear that these names are in a different league. Their appeal crosses generations and will have the lasting impact that rightfully gives them the icon label. TV Land viewers and Entertainment Weekly readers will have a great time reliving the moments that earned these performers a spot on the list."
"Teaming up with TV Land to name the 50 Greatest TV Icons of All Time is the perfect match for Entertainment Weekly. Readers relish our signature lists, and since we're in a Golden Age of TV it's a great time to celebrate the performers who have elevated the medium over its entire history," says Entertainment Weekly Managing Editor Rick Tetzeli. "This multi-platform campaign helps us serve readers in an even bigger way."