Popular TV Sitcoms: Hot in Cleveland

“Hot in Cleveland” is a hugely popular TV sitcom in America and it lasted for 6 seasons.  What was this show’s secret to success?

People who travel from afar to visit America, usually have New York City, New York on their travel itinerary, or maybe even Miami, Florida.  Cleveland, Ohio isn’t usually one of the Top 10 List of places to see in the USA.  Ever been to Cleveland, Ohio?  If not, next best thing is digging up a few fun facts and trivia like these:

  • In 1879, it became the world’s first city to be lighted electrically.
  • In 1914, America’s first traffic light blinked in this city.
  • It’s the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  ( Duh!  Huh? I know! (O.o) )
  • Olympic gold medal winner, Jesse Owens, grew up in Cleveland.

Here’s a fact that may or may not be so interesting. For some odd reason, it was decided to create a sitcom entitled “Hot in Cleveland” Why? That was my question.  “Miami Vice”?  I get that!  But Cleveland?!!

To my surprise, the show lasted for 6 seasons.  But I know why.

Betty White was this TV show’s highlight.  She was the reason for its success.

Betty White at the Time 100 gala in 2010

Betty White at the Time 100 gala in 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(I’m entitled to my arbitrary opinion.  Reviews of movies and TV shows are subjective anyway.)

Very few American actresses, age 50+, are actually offered roles in movies or television on a regular basis. Ms. White is one of those rare actresses with staying power.

She’s ninety plus years old and still in the business*.

That is no easy achievement in the American entertainment industry.

What else can I say about “Hot in Cleveland”?  Um … it’s an award-winning show.  (Probably thanks is due to Ms. White.)

 

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A few more bio notes about Ms. White for your information and inspiration: 

* Betty White’s most recent work effort was a 2017 original HBO documentary titled “If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast”. LOL. I’ll drink that Ms. White! I’ll drink milk or juice. LOL.

In discovering this series I learned a new word: “nonagenarian”.

A centenarian is a person who lives to the age of 100+. A nonagenarian is a person from 90 to 99 years of age. The HBO series interviews several nonagenarians and asks them “What’s the secret to living into your 90s – and loving every minute of it?” (View a trailer on YouTube ~ youtu.be/-5lo3ld4bd0)

On January 17, 2018, Ms. White (Betty Marion White Ludden) celebrated her 96th birthday. In an interview with People.com, she revealed that her secret to longevity was positivity and vodka and hot dogs.  Not all too sure if she was joking or serious. At any rate, I’ll happily follow her advice about staying positive. As for the “vodka and hot dogs”, I’ll substitute good humor.
 

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