Thursday, March 11, 2010

Saturday Night Live lands a Golden Girl

Saturday Night Live may have just signed its oldest hostess yet with news out of New York earlier today that TV legend Betty White (ex-The Golden Girls) will be the host for the May 8 episode, just in time for Mother's Day.

The signing is the culmination of a Facebook campaign that began last month, after the 88 year old White appeared in a Snickers commercial (co-starring Abe Vigoda) that aired during the Super Bowl. White's credits also include a self-titled mid-70's sitcom, a short-lived 80's game show, Just Men, and a healthy run as Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, plus a ton of appearances on various game shows, including Match Game and Password. She has also appeared in a few films in recent years, including the horror movie, "Lake Placid", so there's plenty of material for the writers to work from.

And there will be a SNL connection on WWE Monday Night Raw next month, when Will Forte & Kirsten Wiig will co-host Raw to promote "MacGruber", the MacGyver parody that has spun off into a feature film. Coincidentally, "MacGruber" also has a few WWE wrestlers, including Chris Jericho, Mark Henry & Great Khali, making appearances. I shan't be surprised if Forte is roped into a match, just as Jon Heder was a few weeks ago (and looked like a deer in the headlights in doing so), as part of the show.

With all due respect to Betty White, I don't think Vince McMahon would ask her to be on Raw. He already has Mae Young on speed dial for special occasions, and it'd be just like McMahon to answer his pal Lorne Michaels by having Young appear on Raw the following Monday......

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