TV tonight: Betty White and company go live on ‘Hot in Cleveland’

‘Hot in Cleveland’ reminds us why we love Betty White.

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WASHINGTON, June 19, 2013 —Tonight on “Hot in Cleveland,” the talented cast will do what strikes fear in the hearts of most actors: film totally live before a studio audience. There will be no cuts or second takes, only a skilled cast ready to show the world how fearless they are with Betty White at the helm.

Cast members Wendie Malick, Valerie Bertinelli and Jane Leeves are all successful sitcom actresses, but Betty White brings credibility to the show that is without equal. With a career spanning over seven decades, White currently holds the Guinness World Record for the longest career in TV at 65 years.

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White’s first job on TV was in 1939, three months after her high school graduation. In 1949, she began appearing as co-host with Al Jarvis on his daily, live variety show “Hollywood on Television” in Los Angeles. After Jarvis’ departure in 1952, White began hosting the show alone. The show featured five and a half hours of live ad-lib television six days per week over a contiguous four-year span.

As impressive as it was back then, it’s only the tip of the Betty White iceberg. For nineteen years White also put her ad-libbing skills to work hosting the annual Tournament of Roses Parade on NBC. Her role in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” on rival network CBS provoked NBC to drop her as the host of the parade, but she was soon hired by CBS to host the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Betty White has created many iconic TV characters in her 65 years, but she is at her best before a live audience. Talk show hosts party like it’s 1999 when they are fortunate enough to land Betty as a guest, and with good reason. Her bawdy wit and topical observations almost always steal the show and further endear her to a TV audience that can never get enough of Betty White.

“Hot in Cleveland” is far from a ratings giant, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a jewel. The list of guest stars on the show reads like a who’s who of TV legends, a true testament to the joy White brings to everyone in her presence.

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Carl Reiner, Buck Henry, Jon Lovitz, Susan Lucci, Mary Tyler Moore, Hal Linden, Tim Conway, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jimmy Kimmel, Melanie Griffith, Ed Asner, Bonnie Franklin, Cedric The Entertainer, Kathie Lee Gifford, Sandra Bernhard, Cybill Shepherd, Regis Philbin, Joan Rivers, David Spade and Dave Foley have all had the honor of appearing on “Hot in Cleveland” with White.

With a list like this, it makes us wonder if White is bombarded with endless requests by actors in search of a career boost to appear on the show. They all know what the rest of America knows: there’s no one even close to Betty White in the television industry. Tonight at 10 p.m. when Betty White and company take the stage, remember that you are witnessing one of the very best personalities in television history.

Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EDT:

8 p.m.

ABC: The Middle: (Repeat) Frankie’s sister (Molly Shannon) offers to help at the house while Frankie studies for her finals for dental-assistant school; Axl tries not to act jealous when Cassidy’s ex-boyfriend visits.

CBS: The American Baking Competition: (New) The bakers tackle bread. 

FOX: Master Chef: (New) Contestants compete to cook for the stars of “Glee.”

NBC: Stanley Cup Finals: Game 4: Blackhawks at Bruins: (Live) Chicago at Boston in Game 4 of the championship series.

CW: Arrow: (Repeat) Oliver is arrested for murder and demands that Laurel represent him in court. Later, Oliver recalls a confrontation on the island with Deathstroke.

8:30 p.m.

ABC: Family Tools: (New) While trapped in a room at a client’s house, Jack and Darren get to the root of the conflict between them; Terry, Tony, Mason and Stitch prepare for the Mapleport Classic Car Parade.

9 p.m.

ABC: Modern Family: (Repeat) Claire must rein in her enthusiasm for Halloween and keep her celebration kid-friendly; Phil decides to hold an open house on Halloween; Mitch and Cam have a costume party; Gloria’s hormones make her more quick-tempered than usual.

CBS: Criminal Minds: (Repeat) The eighth season begins with a search for an escaped serial killer in Texas who sews the mouths of his victims shut. Meanwhile, the BAU members welcome a new linguistics expert.

CW: Supernatural: (Repeat) Sam and Dean learn from Castiel that Crowley has unleashed several demons in a small town to search for Lucifer’s crypt, which contains a very valuable asset. The brothers also discover that Crowley is torturing Meg because she knows the exact location of the crypt.

9:30 p.m.

ABC: How to Live With Your Parents: (New) When Polly’s popularity at Elaine’s birthday lunch leave Elaine feeling boring, Polly gets her a movie audition.

10 p.m.

ABC: The Lookout: (New) A mechanic goes under cover as a customer in auto repair shops; investigating vacation deals; auditioning a pet at a Hollywood agency.

CBS: CSI Crime Scene Investigation: (Repeat) A local news anchor is killed during a live broadcast.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

Outrageous Acts of Science at 8 p. m. on DSC

Elbow Room at 8 p.m. on HGTV

How the Universe Works: Expanded Edition at 8 and 9 p.m. on SCI

MythBusters at 9 p.m. on DSC

Million Dollar Listing New York at 9 p.m. on BRAVO

Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy at 9 p.m. on History Channel

Ghost Hunters at 9 p.m. on Syfy

Toy Hunter at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel

Royal Pains at 9 p.m. on USA

Franklin & Bash at 9 and 10 p.m. on TNT

Toddlers & Tiaras at 9 and 10 p.m. on TLC

Futurama at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central

Chef Roblé at 10 p.m. on BRAVO

Restaurant Stakeout at 10 p.m. on Food Channel

Top Shot All-Stars at 10 p.m. on History Channel

Southern Fried Homicide at 10 p.m. on ID

Paranormal Witness at 10 p.m. on Syfy

Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman at 10 p.m. on SCI

Necessary Roughness at 10 p.m. on USA

Hot in Cleveland at 10 p.m. on TVLAND

The Exes at 10:30 p.m. on TVLAND

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

Titanic on AMC

Blazing Saddles on ENC

Billy Elliot on FLIX

Just Go With It on FX

Love, Marilyn on HBO

The Shining on IFC

Saw on SHO

Looper on STARZ

A Mighty Heart on SUND

Holiday on TCM

2 Days in New York on TMC

Later tonight:

Tower Heist at 9 p.m. on MOMAX

Campus Cinderella at 9:40 p.m. on TCM

The Alamo at 9:40 p.m. on ENC

The Exorcist at 10 p.m. on BBC

Brassed Off at 10 p.m. on FLIX

Live Free or Die Hard at 10 p.m. on FXM

Gone at 10 p.m. on SHO

Keeper of the Flame at 10 p.m. on TCM

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