Who Will Guest Star on the Hot In Cleveland Spin-Off?
TV Land is developing a spin-off for their hit show Hot In Cleveland with Cedric the Entertainer. Cleveland benefited from the star power of Betty White, propelling TV Land’s debut series into a bona fide hit. Cleveland caught lightning in a bottle with White, a phenomenon that will not be replicated by the time the spin-off debuts. So, let’s dissect what it takes to be White, and what ensemble cast it takes to fulfill that role.
Internet meme: Betty White exploded on the internet last year, most prominently with her grassroots SNL campaign. Although White had been in show business decades before SNL premiered, her newfound popularity forced Lorne Michaels into White’s invite.
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Mary Tyler Moore cast member: White was on one of TV ‘s legendary shows, providing instant street cred with TV Land’s older viewers. Since TV Land is already took MTM’s eponymous actress, that would leave whippersnapper Cloris Leachman as the logical choice. She fulfills the “funny because she’s old and joking about sex” role, but her commitment to Raising Hope eliminates her from the running.
That leaves Ed Asner as the next choice, which gains Nick Jr.’s audience when they advertise him as the voice from Up! (or they can market him as the only guy who hates Cloris Leachman)
Pet activist: Apparently, White is the president emerita of the Morris Animal Foundation, as well as a member of the Los Angeles Zoo Commission and the Actors & Others for Animals. So who can fill those shoes? Some celebrity that poses nude for PETA? Nah. Michael Vick and his newfound sense of responsibility? Nope.
The only person of White’s caliber would be none other than Bob Barker, the man who made sure to tell us to have our pets spayed and neutered for 35 years! The one drawback: he’s looking like a mannequin in that State Farm commercial.
Somebody born in 1922: Since Betty White is an anomaly, we don’t have too many options here.
We elect Michael Vale, former spokesman for Dunkin’ Donuts, for this spot. For the show, we’ll just have to use past footage Superman Returns-style.