Film and TV

Betty White, 90, Gets a Tribute - And a New Show That's like Punk'd with Grandma

The greatest old broad on TV, Betty White, doesn't just outlive her contemporaries; she outworks them, too. She's about to turn 90 and will celebrate with a TV special, Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl, airing at 7 p.m. CT, Monday, January 16, on NBC.

Joining her on the special will be a couple of other great old TV broads, Mary Tyler Moore and Carol Burnett, along with Betty's co-stars on her current TVLand comedy series, Hot in Cleveland, Valerie Bertinelli, Wendy Malick and Jane Leeves. (What is that show but a younger, less funny version of The Golden Girls?) Also dropping into wish Betty a happy b-day are Ed Asner, Valerie Harper and Gavin MacLeod, who co-starred with her on the old Mary Tyler Moore Show. Plus Hugh Jackman, Jay Leno, Amy Poehler, Joel McHale, Williams Shatner and others.

Then, get this, immediately following the birthday special, you can watch the premiere of a new show, Betty White's Off Their Rockers, a hidden-camera comedy thing that, according to the network press release, "takes senior stereotypes and blows them out of the water with a cast of sassy septuagenarians who are hip, sexy and ready to party!

America's favorite comedy sweetheart sends a fearless band of senior citizens to the streets to pull shockingly hilarious pranks on the younger generation in this outrageously funny show unlike anything viewers have ever seen."

White, a seven-time Emmy Award winner, will star and executive produce the series, which was adapted from the hit Belgian TV series Benidorm Bastards. (Golly, how much more would we want to watch if they'd just named it Betty White's Bastards?)

So it's Punk'd, but instead of Ashton Kutcher, it's old people pulling pranks on the young.

And all this time, we thought that was the job of Congress.

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