“Fabulous women don’t have an expiration date,” proclaimed Wendie Malick as she spoke about the cast of her new hit sitcom “Hot in Cleveland.” As she noted, “When you go back to the classic TV comedies, so many of them revolved around women.”
For its first scripted series, TV Land turned to four funny ladies for a show about second chances. The surprise hit costars Malick (“Just Shoot Me”), Valerie Bertinelli (“One Day at a Time”) and Jane Leeves (“Frasier”) as a trio of L.A. transplants and five-time primetime Emmy champ Betty White (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Golden Girls”) as the caretaker of their new house.
Chatting by phone with senior editors Rob Licuria and Chris Beachum, Malick admitted, “What makes this particularly sweet is that we’ve all been around for so long. I think we added up our careers and came up with 168 years.” The two-time Emmy nominee added, “We’ve all had some wonderful successes in our careers, but none of us expected it to happen again.”
All four of them are being touted in the Comedy Supporting Actress category. If she reaps a bid, Malick says she will submit one of two episodes to the judging panel — either “Good Luck Faking the Goiter” (her character, fading actress Victoria Chase, fakes an injury to get sympathy and win a Daytime Emmy) or “The Sex That Got Away” (Victoria rekindles a love affair with her ex-boyfriend played by Huey Lewis).