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HOLLYWOOD — Old met new at the TV Land kudofest Sunday night at the Santa Monica Airport.

Television’s most popular ensemble — the cast of “Desperate Housewives” — mingled alongside TV royalty including Carol Burnett, Tom and Dick Smothers and Joan Collins.

Bob Newhart, whose ’70s skein “The Bob Newhart Show” was honored, had a few thoughts on the nets’ current infatuation with reality programming.

“I am not a huge fan of the reality shows,” Newhart admitted. “I know why they are on. I know they don’t cost anything to do. They are great for the networks, but it isn’t the television I came from.”

Loni Anderson, who ran backstage just before the show began to check out the gift bags, agreed.

“Television now is different,” she said. “There is too much reality (programming) for me, but I will always be a fan of television.”

Hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, kudofest also paid tribute to Aaron Spelling, “The Carol Burnett Show” and “Soul Train.”

Sally Field nabbed the “little screen, bigscreen” kudos, beating out George Clooney, Will Smith and Jennifer Aniston.

Lions Gate honcho Tom Ortenberg, who confessed he is a “huge fan” of TV Land, was excited to “celebrate” the medium’s most popular syndicates.

“These show not only set the stage for the current crop of sitcoms but also set the bar, and they set it pretty high,” Ortenberg said.

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