The Freaks and Geeks cast also reunited for the event
The TV Land Awards took it old school on Saturday night, bringing a little bit of country, a little bit of rock ‘n roll, and a whole lot of nostalgia for their awards ceremony in Los Angeles. The event honored shows like Parenthood and Ally McBeal and folks like Donny and Marie Osmond (who joked to PEOPLE that the secret to her five decade success is “formaldehyde”).
The celebration was a veritable who’s who of late night re-runs! Mary Ann (Dawn Wells) from Gilligan’s Island was there Winnie Cooper (Danica McKellar) from The Wonder Years showed up and Rose Nylon herself, 93-year-old Golden Girl Betty White, came to receive the Legend Award.
“When we grow up, we want to be like you, Betty,” said White’s Hot in Cleveland co-stars Valerie Bertenelli, Wendie Mallick and Janes Leeves before giving her the award.
Calista Flockhart left her recuperating husband Harrison Ford at home to accept the Groundbreaking Award for her show Ally McBeal, while Seth Rogen and Jason Segel were on hand to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Freaks and Geeks. To top the evening off, Jennifer Hudson performed “Whatever Makes You Happy” from Empire.
Perhaps the most emotional part of the evening came when George Lopez took the stage to present a tribute to late comedian Joan Rivers who passed away last year.
“Joan inspired so many comedians, including me. She was fearless. She was ahead of her time. At 81, she was ahead of her time,” Lopez told the audience which included Rivers’s daughter Melissa and grandson Cooper. “There will never be another Joan Rivers.”
But, the biggest applause was reserved for the now grown-up cast of The Wonder Years. Paul Saviano, who played the iconic Paul Pfeiffer on the show (and is now a corporate attorney), dropped a bombshell on the red carpet – admitting even he had a crush on costar McKellar growing up!
“Who didn’t have a crush on Danica? She’s beautiful and talented and awesome. But we worked together, it would have been awkward,” Pfeiffer revealed.
All in all, it was probably the award show’s host Terry Crews who celebrated the most that night. Since his wife had been out of town, Crews rushed home immediately after the show to “see” her.
“Let’s just say the TV’s going to be off tonight,” Crews joked to reporters. “We’ll meet up and have celebration sex. It will be real nice.”
The TV Land Awards air Sunday, April 18, at 9 p.m. on TV Land.