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Betty “Frickin'” White’s ‘SNL’ Interview

Here they are, the final promo clip, and a very sweet interview, for Betty White‘s much, much, much-anticipated Mother’s Day weekend  Saturday Night Live hosting gig (Saturday, 11:30PM ET, NBC).

And speaking of, Happy Mother’s Day, mommies!

Channel Surfing – March 11, 2010

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– It’s looking more and more like the current season of 24 could be the show’s last one, at least on Fox. It’s my all-time favorite TV drama, but even I have to admit that the show just isn’t as compelling as it once was (though the last few episodes have picked up the pace). A big-screen 24 is almost certainly going to happen, and the idea has even been floated that another network might be interested in the Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) action series if Fox does pull the plug after the May season eight finale.

– Fans took it to Facebook, and Lorne Michaels listened: Betty White will host the May 8, Mother’s Day, edition of Saturday Night Live, which will also include a reunion of SNL alums Tina Fey, Molly Shannon, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer and Rachel Dratch.

– It’s official: Conan O’Brien and “The Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour” is coming soon to a city near you. Tickets are already on sale.

– Coming soon to a bookstore near you: Night of the Living Trekkies, a novel about zombies and a Trek fan convention.

– Sad news from sports and TV lands: NFL Hall of Famer and Little House on the Prairie and Father Murphy star Merlin Olsen died earlier today after a battle with cancer. He was 69.

Survivor and The Apprentice producer Mark Burnett is producing a new game show that will feature two hosts.

– Rejoice Felicity fans: Keri Russell is headed back to primetime.

– As is Jimmy Smits.

– This should be cool: CBS is going to broadcast the NCAA men’s basketball final four tournament games and the national championship game in 3D, in movie theaters all across the country.

– And, just in time: Panasonic sold the world’s first 3D home entertainment system in New York City on Wednesday. Cost: $2,900, and that only includes one pair of special 3D glasses.

– Among the new shows Bravo announced in the network’s annual upfront presentation in New York on Wednesday: The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Fashion Masters (sort of an all-star Project Runway) and Hitmakers (sort of an American Idol for singer/songwriters).

– And the 14th season of South Park premieres on Comedy Central on March 17 (10PM ET), and Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker talked to the New York Times about what’s ahead for the series, including their unique spin on the clip show, which will be the theme for the show’s 200th episode on April 14.

Channel Surfing – March 3, 2010

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– Whatever you’re expecting from tonight’s Nip/Tuck series finale (10PM ET, FX), the actual episode is much tamer. But after seven season of outrageous storylines, the show wraps up on a positive note that’s fitting for all the characters.

– No doubt due largely to the Betty White fever that’s sweeping Hollywood, TV Land has sped up production of its upcoming sitcom Hot in Cleveland, in which White co-stars, to get it ready for a summer premiere (it had originally been planned for fall).

– Among the presenters for Sunday night’s Oscars (8PM ET, ABC), which will be hosted by Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin: Tina Fey, Robert Downey Jr., Sacha Baron Cohen, Steve Carell, John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Kathy Bates, Charlize Theron, Queen Latifah, Jason Bateman and Sean Penn.

– One thing, sadly, that will be MIA from the Oscars telecast: a planned Avatar spoof by Ben Stiller and Sacha Baron Cohen. Producers were reportedly worried that Avatar director James Cameron and his massive ego would be offended by the bit.

Ellen DeGeneres: comedienne, sitcom star, talk show host, American Idol judge and, soon, comic book star.

– In the market for a new TiVo? How ’bout one that will scan through 30 seconds of commercials (or, even better, reality host filler, American Idol!) in just one second?

– History Channel is going all CSI on its hit show Pawn Stars, planning spin-offs that will make stars of pawn shop proprietors in Miami and New York. Wonder if I Love New York contestant Johnny “White Boy” Gallander, whose fam owns a pawn shop in Miami, will throw his hat in the ring?

The Sopranos‘ Christophuh, Michael Imperioli, has signed on to star as a cop in ABC’s drama pilot 187 Detroit. The show will be filmed in a mockumentary format, a la The Office and Modern Family.

– And, as Christophuh might say, fans of ABC’s The Forgotten should fuhghettabout the show, which is almost certainly going to be canceled, considering the network has pulled a couple of episodes from its line-up and scheduled the March 9 ep as the show’s season (series?) finale.

Saturday Night Live and Late Night with Conan O’Brien producer Lorne Michaels, who was key in pushing former SNL writer O’Brien into late night, says he thinks O’Brien will survive his brief Tonight Show stint just fine.

– Michaels also confirms he’s in talks with Betty White re: hosting an episode of Saturday Night Live.

– BTW, Coco fans remain a loyal bunch; they bombarded a Tonight Show forum with pro-Conan sentiments.

– When you hear the new Mercedes-Benz commercial during the Oscar telecast, yes, that is Mad Men star Jon Hamm‘s voice.

Miss Piggy is going GagaLady Gaga – in the upcoming Muppet flick, The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made.

– Don’t forget to record The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, because the Comedy Central shows will no longer be available on Hulu.

– And, just how cool is it going to be to see Dustin Hoffman in HBO’s drama series Luck? More names to get excited about: David Milch wrote the pilot, Michael Mann is directing, Milch and Mann are producing the show, and Dennis Farina and The Job‘s John Ortiz co-star.

For ‘SNL’ … Betty White + MTM? reports that the fan campaign to get Saturday Night Live‘s Lorne Michaels to extend an invitation to the legend – no, the national treasure – that is Betty White, to host SNL, is close to becoming a success.

The catch? White wouldn’t host an episode an alone, because of concern that the 88-year-old Emmy winner shouldn’t have to “shoulder the burden” of hosting a whole 90-minute show by herself.

Fair enough, though, instead of bringing back a slew of former SNL-ers to co-star with White in a “Women of Comedy” episode, as reports is likely to happen, why not take the opportunity to make something truly awesome happen and reunite Betty White with fellow Golden Girls star Rue McClanahan (who turned 75 earlier this week) and Mary Tyler Moore Show cohorts Mary Tyler Moore, Cloris Leachman, Valerie Harper and Georgia Engel to host SNL?

THAT’S a Women of Comedy line-up! Among them, Engel is the only one who hasn’t won an Emmy (though she’s been nominated five times, most recently for her stint as Robert’s mother-in-law on Everybody Loves Raymond).

And lest anyone complain that the Emmy-winning sitcom legends might not draw an audience to the show – a ridiculous statement, obviously, when nearly half a million people have signed on to the Betty-for-SNL Facebook campaign – consider that both White and Leachman are still active in primetime. White will star in TV Land’s fall sitcom Hot in Cleveland (with Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick), while Leachman is attached to the sitcom pilot Keep Hope Alive, My Name Is Earl creator Greg Garcia‘s quirky comedy about a twentysomething guy who becomes a single dad when his one-night-stand babymama ends up on death row.

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