NBC picks up Betty White’s hidden-camera prank show ‘Off Their Rockers’
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Proof that the elderly really are out to get you: NBC has greenlighted ‘Betty White’s Off Their Rockers,’ a new senior citizen prank show hosted and executive-produced by White, the network’s Executive Vice President Paul Telegdy announced Thursday. Based on the award-winning Flemish series ‘Benidorm Bastards,’ the hidden-camera comedy follows a group of elderly jokesters who ‘make it their mission to play pranks on unsuspecting younger people.’
‘Betty White is a comedic genius who escalates hilarity in any situation,’ said Telegdy in a statement. ‘Viewers will thoroughly enjoy watching her pull one over on the unsuspecting youth of America.’
The deal brings White back to the network where ‘The Golden Girls’ ran for seven seasons, and where a recent hosting gig on ‘Saturday Night Live’ earned her another Emmy (she has seven). It’s fitting that her new show focuses on outwitting young people, since White’s been doing that pretty well lately, whether she’s out-rapping Abed and Troy on ‘Community’ or out-drinking Jimmy Fallon during a beer-pong match.
In addition to her new series, she’s still appearing on TV Land’s ‘Hot in Cleveland,’ which might make her the only 89-year-old with two comedies. ‘People have been telling me that I’m ‘Off My Rocker’ for years,’ quipped White in a statement. ‘Now I can prove it.’
-- Melissa Maerz