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Valerie Bertinelli

Melanie Moretti

An adored actress, Valerie Bertinelli’s long and celebrated career has expanded to include equally beloved TV personality, spokesperson and best-selling author. She is currently starring as Melanie Moretti on TV Land’s hit sitcom "Hot in Cleveland," which premieres its fourth season on Wednesday, November 28 at 10pm ET/PT. The sitcom follows three fabulous friends from Los Angeles (Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick) whose plane, bound for Paris, is forced to make an emergency landing in Cleveland. After discovering that they’re still "hot" in Cleveland, they decide to move there and start over together, renting a Victorian home that comes with a sharp-tongued caretaker, played by Betty White.

Bertinelli has shared in many honors. In 2011, "Hot in Cleveland" was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award(R) for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. In June of that same year, Bertinelli – along with co-stars Leeves, Malick, and White – was presented with the key to the city of Cleveland by the mayor. In August 2012, she received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 2007, she dared to cross the Rubicon of weight and body image, declaring publicly, "I’m fat!" and challenging herself to lose weight. Lo and behold, she not only lost more than 40 pounds, but also realized new and remarkable success as the face of the Jenny Craig Weight Loss Program, authored the NY Times #1 bestseller "Losing It: And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time" and inspired millions of people to try to become their best and healthiest selves. In 2009, she wrote a follow-up to her first book, "Finding It: And Satisfying My Hunger for Life without Opening the Fridge." Valerie also released a fitness DVD entitled "Losing It" at the end of that year. In October 2012, she released a cookbook called "One Dish At A Time," a play on the name of the TV show that first made her a household name.

As one of Hollywood’s brightest and most liked young talents, Bertinelli helped develop, produce and star in the highly rated TV movies "I Was a Mail Order Bride" and "The Seduction of Gina." She stayed extremely busy as one of primetime’s go-to actresses for movies and mini-series, including "Silent Witness,"

"Shattered Vows," "Judith Krantz’s I’ll Take Manhattan," "Rockabye," "Murder of Innocence," "In a Child’s Name," "What She Doesn’t Know," "Pancho Barnes," "Ultimate Betrayal," "Two Mothers for Zachary" and "Night Sins." More recently, she co-starred in "True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet" and guest-starred on "Boston Legal" in a part David E. Kelly wrote especially for her. Her other forays into the television world include starring for two years on the hit series "Touched by an Angel," "Café Americain" and "Sydney," which she also executive produced.

A two-time Golden Globe(R) winner, she made her acting debut in TV commercials, public service announcements and the TV series "Apple’s Way" before landing her big break at age 14 as Barbara on "One Day At A Time," Norman Lear’s 1975 acclaimed series about a divorced mother raising her two daughters. The series ran on CBS for nine years, ending in 1984.

Valerie has also served as a correspondent for "The Rachael Ray Show." However, Valerie’s best and favorite production is her son, Wolfgang, who achieved his own fame as the bassist for the legendary rock group Van Halen on its 2007-2008 North American Tour.

She has continued to help and inspire millions of people through her work with Jenny Craig, even recognized by People Magazine for her stunning "bikini bod" at 48 years old. Her website, www.valeriebertinelli.com, continues to chronicle her journey both physically and professionally. Valerie lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Tom.

Get Social! Follow Valerie on Twitter: @Wolfiesmom and on Facebook

Character Bio

Melanie is a 40something, recently divorced mother of two college-aged children, Jenna and Will. She met her former husband Anders in college, and dropped out when she became pregnant with Will. Her ex shocks her by becoming engaged to Kim, a girl half her age (her fake age, that is). Melanie recently wrote a book called 200 Things Every Woman Should Do before She Dies. She's an eternal optimist and fiercely loyal to her friends, soap actress Victoria and eyebrow stylist Joy, and together they navigate Cleveland… and its men.

Hot in Cleveland TV Schedule

Monday
May 25
2:00pm
Tangled Web Part 2
The ladies escape to a lake house after Victoria sets loose a poisonous spider belonging to her ex-husband. Guest Stars: Steven Weber
TV-PG
2:30pm
Rubber Ball
When Melanie, Joy, and Victoria try to join a Cleveland country club, they discover that Elka has a long history with the club’s president, and he’s bent on revenge. Guest Stars: Ed Asner, Jon Lovitz
TV-PG
3:00pm
Everything Goes Better With Vampires
Joy dates a guy she thinks is her teen crush Rick Springfield, Victoria wants to fire the cleaning-averse housekeeper. Guest Stars: Rick Springfield, Rhea Pearlman, Georgia Engel
TV-PG
3:30pm
Law
Elka's trial has come at last, and her fate will be decided. What will the verdict be? Guest Stars: Sherri Shepherd, Amy Sedaris
TV-PG
4:00pm
Where's Elka? Part 2
Elka's on the lam and the women go looking for her in Amish country. Guest Stars: Amy Sedaris, George Wendt
TV-PG
4:36pm
How I Met My Mother
The son that Joy gave up for adoption stops by for a surprise visit.
TV-PG
5:12pm
Dancing Queens
The ladies decide to go dancing to burn off the Cleveland pounds but need local gay best friends to go with. Guest Stars: Doris Roberts, Antonio Sabato, Jr.
TV-PG
5:48pm
Unseparated at Birthdates
In this birthdates episode: Elka plays dumb to land a rich bachelor, Melanie's date is holier than thou, Joy only likes hers when he's not himself and Victoria gets double what she bargained for. Guest Star: John Mahoney
TV-PG
6:24pm
Birthdates
The ladies set each other up on blind dates, with mixed results. Guest Stars: Carl Reiner
TV-PG
7:00pm
Good Neighbors
Melanie throws a party, and in the process makes the wrong impression on one of her neighbors. Guest Stars: Wayne Knight, Carl Reiner
TV-PG
7:36pm
Good Luck Faking the Goiter
During a visit from Melanie's secretive son, she invades his privacy and learns a little too much about him. Guest Stars: Joe Jonas, Dave Foley.
TV-PG
8:12pm
Pilot
Three best friends from Los Angeles discover they are 'hot' in Cleveland. Guest Star: John Schneider
TV-PG
Wednesday
May 27
10:00pm
Hot in Cleveland: Hot Damn!
The cast and crew talk about their favorite episodes, bloopers and behind the scenes moments after six seasons of Hot in Cleveland.
TV-PG
Thursday
May 28
1:00am
Hot in Cleveland: Hot Damn!
The cast and crew talk about their favorite episodes, bloopers and behind the scenes moments after six seasons of Hot in Cleveland.
TV-PG