Betty White’s ‘Hot in Cleveland’ Boss Suzanne Martin: We call her ‘the hammer’

CAPTION: Betty: Post Platinum Girl's still got it!

Betty: Platinum Girl's still got it!

You’d think that at age 88, Betty White would be slowing down a smidge in the delivery department.

But au contraire, says Suzanne Martin, creator of the hit TV Land series Hot in Cleveland, which marks Betty’s fourth foray into the sitcom arena, after The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls and The Golden Palace.

“We call her ‘the hammer’ on the show because she nails every joke,” Suzanne tells Tomorrow Will Be Televised host Simon Applebaum of Betty, who plays Elka Ostrovsky, opposite fellow sitcom aces Jane Leeves, Valerie Bertinelli and Wendy Malick.

Just being around her is like—you just realize, that’s how that line is supposed to be read.

“And if it’s not funny, then it’s our fault, not hers. I’ve never worked with anyone who has such timing.”

Suzanne, who won two Emmy Awards for her work on Frasier, goes on to offer her take on what’s fueling America’s latest love affair with Betty.

"We were lucky enough to get Betty as part of the cast before Betty fever started," Suzanne (above) tells us of the TV legend.

"We were lucky enough to get Betty as part of the cast before Betty fever started," Suzanne (above) tells us of the TV legend.

“First of all, she’s just so lovable, and just lovely and funny. She’s kind of a grandma everybody would like to have.

“Also, there’s not that many people who make age look good, and everybody wants to be her when they get older.

“You just wanna be around her and she’s just so phenomenally talented.”

To hear Suzanne Martin’s full interview, click here.

Click here to sample Hot in Cleveland, Season 2 of which gets under way in January.

2 thoughts on “Betty White’s ‘Hot in Cleveland’ Boss Suzanne Martin: We call her ‘the hammer’

  1. Simon Applebaum

    More on Betty White’s TV sitcom career. Besides the four sitcoms you read about above, she did two more in the 1950s: Life With Elizabeth, a show where each episode presented three “incidents” in the life of the main character White played, and Date With The Angels, about the misadventures of a newlywed couple. Elizabeth lasted two seasons (after a test run on a Los Angeles TV station); Date went one. You can see clips from both programs on YouTube. You also can see from both programs that White’s comedy timing was spot on then!

    Coming up on Tomorrow Will Be Televised this week: CSI creator/executive producer Anthony Zuiker; Nature senior executive producer Fred Kaufman; Logo general manager Lisa Sherman; V-me president/CEO Carmen DiRienza and The FairlyOdd Parents creator/producer Butch Hartman. Listen in and participate!

    Simon Applebaum
    Producer/Host, Tomorrow Will Be Televised
    (Mondays/Fridays at 3 p.m. ET/noon, PT on BlogTalk Radio)

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