Hot in Cleveland: A Golden Girls for the new millenium?
Hot in Cleveland, which stars comic veterans Betty White, Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, and Wendie Malick, debuts this week on TV Land.
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Malick (to White): You were the bait.Skip to next paragraph
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Bertinelli: Yes, she was the bait. ... It was (writer) Suzanne (Martin) who came up with it, the idea. Then they sold it to TV Land immediately, and then they cast all of us ... and they started shooting within a month. Then within a month, we were picked up. That doesn't happen within television land — except on TV Land.
AP: When I first heard about this, I thought, "the new millennium's 'Golden Girls.'"
Malick: Silver. "The Silver Girls.
AP: What do you think of that, Betty? Do you think this is the next generation's "Golden Girls"?
White: I think it's chemistry no matter what the age. I think age is the bottom rung. I don't think age matters. ... I'm 88 and a half, and I'm still working my tail off.
AP: How is the chemistry different here than it was on "The Golden Girls"?
White: It doesn't differ that much. It is a team effort. These girls all work together. There is never, "How many lines do you have?"
Bertinelli: We are all trying to get rid of our lines, usually. "Why don't you take this line? I need a break here."
AP (to Bertinelli, Leeves and Malick): These three women are really going through a mid-life crisis, all of them. Have you already gone through that?
Malick: I have to say that I am so grateful to this woman right here (turning to White), because I am an actress in her 50s who, along with so many of my peers, has wondered how long there will be a place for me at the table. And when I see your career, it just reinforces that there is no end to this.
White: You are never done.
Leeves: I have no problem admitting my age now. I'm ... (coughs to cover up the number.)
White: I don't know where that breaking point comes. When I started, you just assumed no one knew how old you were. I was, like, 22, and would walk out in front of the studio audience to greet them and they would say, "How old are you?" And I would say, "47," thinking that was old and they would know I wasn't 47. Well, all of a sudden you go from not wanting people to know how old you are to ... "Hi, I'm Betty White. I'm 88 and a half." It is a bragging thing now.
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