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Image 55 of The Independent April 1, 2012

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Feature Story ‘Rock’ and roll Betty White hosts new hidden-camera prank series By Andrew Sawyer TV Media E verybody loves Betty White. She’s been on television for almost as long as it has existed, and yet she’s never been more popular -- or more busy. She does movies, commercials, she had a gig hosting “Saturday Night Live,” and she’s been popping up everywhere with guest spots on hit shows like “The Middle” and “30 Rock.” But White, who just turned 90 in January, shows no signs of slowing down. “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers” is her latest and greatest project, which premieres Wednesday, April 4, on NBC. The show follows a group of senior citizens as they hit the streets to pull the wool over the eyes of the younger generation. White serves as executive producer and on-camera host, and she will perform in comedy sketches and provide commentary on the pranks. “People have been telling me that I’m ‘off my rocker’ for years,” said White. “Now I can prove it!” A sneak preview of the series aired on Jan. 16, 2012, right after “Betty White’s 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America’s Golden Girl” -- a star-studded event that celebrated White’s long and illustrious acting career. In “Rockers,” the unsuspecting youngsters are placed in hilariously awkward situations -- like being propositioned by an elderly woman at an airport or being asked to sign a petition banning ugly people from reproducing. The concept originated from the Belgian series “Benidorm Bastards,” which has been internationally successful. And now it’s been adapted across the pond with America’s comedy sweetheart at the helm. Hidden-camera comedies April 1 - 7, 2012 Video Releases We Bought a Zoo A single dad decides his family needs a fresh start, so he and his two children move to the most unlikely of places: a zoo. With the help of an eclectic staff, and with many misadventures along the way, the family works to return the dilapidated zoo to its former wonder and glory. Director: Cameron Crowe. Stars: Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Colin Ford, Maggie Elizabeth Jones, Angus Macfadyen. 2011, 124 mins., comedy. Resolution 2 1 x 3” Alien Opponent Betty White and Reatha Grey in “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers” have done well over the years, from classic hits like “Candid Camera” to the more recent “Punk’d,” in which host Ashton Kutcher and his crew play pranks on other celebrities. But adding innocent-looking elderly pranksters into the mix is a new twist on the formula that is sure to make “Rockers” an instant hit. A multiple Emmy winner, White was bitten by the acting bug at an early age, with a career in front of the camera and on radio spanning back to the late 1930s. During the ‘50s and ‘60s, she was a recurring guest on popular game shows of the era such as “Password” and “Match Game.” She was the first woman ever to win an Emmy for hosting a game show, winning for her work on the short-lived show “Just Men!” She then catapulted to fame in the 1970s when she joined “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” as sarcastic and two-faced Sue Ann Nivens, a role that nabbed her two Emmys. Her next, and probably most well-known, role was as Rose Nylund on “The Golden Girls,” which enjoyed great success and ran from 1985 to 1992. She won another Emmy during the show’s first season playing the simple and sweet Rose, a role she continued to play on the short-lived spinoff “The Golden Palace.” In 2006, White experienced a comeback of sorts when she joined the cast of “The Bold and the Beautiful” as Ann Douglas, whom she played on and off until 2009. She also kept busy with several guest spots on hit shows like “Boston Legal” and “Community.” But it wasn’t until the 2010 “Betty White to Host SNL (Please)” Facebook campaign that things really started to heat up. After gaining an immense following, the campaign worked and White hosted “Saturday Night Live” in May 2010. It brought in the show’s highest ratings in years. Playing feisty house caretaker Elka Ostrovsky, White’s special magic has also drawn in impressive ratings for TV Land’s original scripted series “Hot In Cleveland,” currently in its third season. The series -- filmed in front of a live studio audience -- is a throwback to the sitcoms of decades gone by and has enjoyed popular and critical acclaim. White also has a deep love for all animals and has used her fame and fortune to promote pet health and welfare as well as wildlife conservation. In the 1970s, she hosted and produced “The Pet Set,” which featured celebrities with their pets. She’s also been involved with organizations such as World Wildlife Fund and the Morris Animal Foundation. The Independent • TVTimes Meaghan has just killed her abusive redneck husband. Now all she has to do is make sure the body is discovered and the junkyard, as well as the insurance money, is all hers. But, just as her plans are coming to fruition, an alien spaceship lands in the barn where she left the body, and the aliens have taken up residence. So Meaghan sends out a call to any bounty hunter who will get rid of the aliens for her. When every nut within two time zones shows up, toting weapons and hoping to collect the reward, the junkyard is turned into an all-out battle zone. Director: Colin Theys. Stars: Ashley Bates, Roddy Piper, Jeremy London, Adrienne LaValley, Jessica Alexandra Green, Angela Relucio, Debra Jans. 2010, 100 mins., sci-fi/fantasy. Sudoku Fill in the grid so that every row, every column, and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 through 9 Solution on page 5. 23

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