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'Hot in Cleveland' a.k.a. 'Yes Betty White really is part of a new sitcom airing in 2010' premieres tonight

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Image Credit: Craig T. MathewEven though Betty White is everywhere, her new TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland (premiering tonight at 10 p.m. on TV Land) has been relatively off my radar for a few months. I’d walked by the ad in my local subway stop every morning and until recently just registered it on the outskirts of my very busy mind. Oh, that’s a lovely photo of Daphne Moon, Rose Nylund, Barbara Cooper Romano, and Nina Van Horn, I thought, without worrying my pretty little head too much about what these four TV characters were doing in the same frame. Eventually, as my suspicion grew and grew, I bothered to look it up on our very own site, and presto! There’s a new TV show named Hot in Cleveland.

Betty White plays the wisecracking caretaker of a house leased by one of the three single ladies, so this pretty much has Room and Bored (the show-within-a-show in HBO’s The Comeback) written all over it. EW’s Ken Tucker writes, “You’ve got a 1980s sitcom transplanted to 2012, which I don’t intend as a recommendation. The punchlines about chili fries and tracksuits need to be funnier.” Still, yum. “Must…have…cupcakes. Must…have…quesadillas…”

Will you give Hot in Cleveland a shot tonight? If you need more than Betty White to seal the deal, allow me to remind you of two words/one proper noun. WENDIE MALICK. Hell yeah. (Some of you wondered why a Lunchtime Poll I posted last week, about who you wished the MTV Popcorn Man would have turned out to be, included Wendie Malick as one of the options. This was why! Though if you think about it a little harder than I originally thought about Hot in Cleveland…Wendie Malick should probably be an option in all EW.com polls ever.)

Read more:

Betty White on ‘The Daily Show’: Don’t do drugs and stay off that smartphone!

Annie on Twitter: @EWAnnieBarrett

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