Betty White to host new hidden-camera prank show, 'Off Their Rockers'
03/31/2011 by Corinne Heller
Betty White is set to host and produce a new NBC hidden-camera show, tentatively called "Betty White's Off Their Rockers," which follows a group of seven senior citizens who play pranks on younger people. White celebrated her 89th birthday in January (see video). She is best known for her roles on the sitcoms "The Golden Girls," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and recently, TV Land's "Hot in Cleveland," which was renewed for its third season in February 2011. Her new series is made up of 12 half-hour episodes and is based on a Belgian show called "Benidorm Bastards." Local versions of the show have been produced in other Europe countries and in South Korea. "People have been telling me that I'm 'Off My Rocker' for years - now I can prove it," White said in a statement provided by NBC. Paul Telegdy, Executive Vice President of Alternative Programming at NBC and Universal Media Studios, called White a "comedic genius who escalates hilarity in any situation," adding: "Viewers will thoroughly enjoy watching her pull one over on the unsuspecting youth of America." A premiere date for "Off Their Rockers" has not yet been announced. White has also been keeping busy with her writing career. She plans to release her sixth book, "If You Ask Me: (And of Course You Won't)," on May 3, OnTheRedCarpet.com reported earlier this month. White had said it was a lot easier filming "Hot in Cleveland" than penning the publication. She was set in 2010 to write two books that deal with issues such as sex, animals and her work as an actress as she continues to enjoy an on-screen comeback. White won a Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for her work on "Hot in Cleveland." The show brought in 3.2 million viewers per episode during its second season and saw a series of Guest actors this past season which included Melanie Griffith, Tim Conway, Jon Lovitz and returning star Carl Reiner. The first episode of season two saw White sharing a jail cell with her former television co-star, Mary Tyler Moore.
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