Betty White's Off Their Rockers

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Betty White's Off Their Rockers
Betty White Off Their Rockers logo.gif
Genre Comedy
Based on Benidorm Bastards
Developed by Tim Van Aelst
Written by Kevin Healey
Directed by
  • Tim Gibbons
  • Guy Shalem
Presented by Betty White
Starring
  • Reatha Grey
  • Michael Yama
  • Nick De Mauro
  • Ann Benson
  • Michael Alaimo
  • Richard Reicheg
  • Lou Beatty, Jr.
  • Lou Cutell
  • Melanie Seacat
Narrated by
  • Jennifer DuMont
  • Dorian Frankel
Theme music composer Dee Snider
Opening theme "We're Not Gonna Take It"
Ending theme "We're Not Gonna Take It"
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 30 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Chris Coelen
  • Lee Hupfield
  • Emma Conway
  • Betty White
  • Tim Van Aelst
  • Eli Lehrer
  • Mary Donahue
  • Paul Hardy
Running time 21 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Kinetic Content
  • Albert Enterprises Inc.
  • Hallock-Healey Entertainment
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
(Seasons 1-2)
Lifetime
(Season 3-)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run January 16, 2012 (2012-01-16) – present
External links
Website

Betty White's Off Their Rockers is an American comedy television series launched in 2012, that broadcast on NBC for its first two seasons and Lifetime beginning with the third. The series is hosted by Betty White, and is based on the Belgian television format Benidorm Bastards.

Production[edit]

A sneak preview was released on January 16, 2012, in tribute to Betty White's 90th birthday.[1] The show officially premiered April 4, 2012.[2][3] White hosts the series, and also serves as an executive producer for the show.

On May 13, 2012, NBC renewed the series for a second season in the mid-season schedule.[4] On July 11, 2013, The Hollywood Reporter reported that NBC had canceled the series, citing a drop-off in ratings and low DVR viewership.[5][6][7][8]

It was announced on October 18, 2013, that Lifetime has revived the series for a twenty episode third season.[9][10] Season 3 premiered on February 28, 2014.[11]

Premise[edit]

The elderly play pranks on members of the younger generation, in the manner of Candid Camera, Trigger Happy TV, or Punk'd. It is based on the Belgian television format Benidorm Bastards.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired (U.S. dates) DVD release date
Season premiere Season finale Network Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 12 January 16, 2012 (2012-01-16) May 23, 2012 (2012-05-23) NBC N/A N/A November 22, 2012 (2012-11-22)[12]
2 14 January 8, 2013 (2013-01-08) July 9, 2013 (2013-07-09) N/A N/A N/A
3 20[10] February 28, 2014 (2014-02-28) TBA Lifetime TBA TBA TBA

International broadcasts[edit]

In Canada, the series began broadcasting on CTV on January 16, 2012, in the Monday 8:00 p.m. timeslot, as a special preview, but moved to Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. on the CTV Two television system on April 4, 2012, after airing the first special preview episode.[13]

In Norway, it started running on TVNorge on July 4, 2012.

In Australia, the program airs on the Comedy Channel, with a local version that premiered in 2012.[14]

In New Zealand, the program airs on TVNZ Sundays at 8.00pm.[15]

In Finland, the program airs on TV5.[16]

In the United Kingdom, ITV announced its own adaptation of the show. Following the American adaptation, it was also entitled Off Their Rockers but with different characters.[17] The first episode aired April 7, 2013.[18]

In Serbia, the program airs on Prva Plus.[19]

In the Netherlands, the program airs on RTL4 but is renamed Benidorm Bastards USA.

In Brazil, the original show airs on paid channel Multishow from Mondays to Fridays, and the local version airs on Sundays by SBT.

Online media[edit]

In the United States, users can watch full episodes on the NBC official website. In Canada, people can watch full episodes on the CTV official website.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2012 64th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program Betty White Nominated
2013 65th Primetime Emmy Awards
2014 66th Primetime Emmy Awards Pending

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NBC planning show for Betty White's 90th birthday". The Dallas Morning News. January 9, 2012. Retrieved January 15, 2012. 
  2. ^ Villarreal, Yvonne. "NBC announces return of 'Community,' gives new comedies premiere dates". Los Angeles Times. 
  3. ^ Ng, Philiana (February 21, 2012). "NBC Announces Return Date for 'Community,' Premieres for Three New Series". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  4. ^ Seidman, Robert (May 13, 2012). "NBC 2012–13 Season Schedule Announced: Includes Fall Cycle of 'The Voice,' 'Community' on Friday & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  5. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (July 11, 2013). "NBC Cancels Betty White's 'Off Their Rockers'". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  6. ^ Marechal, AJ (July 11, 2013). "NBC Cancels ‘Betty White’s Off Their Rockers’". Variety. 
  7. ^ Masters, Megan (July 11, 2013). "NBC Cancels Betty White's Off Their Rockers". TV Line. 
  8. ^ Lisa de Moraes (July 11, 2013). "NBC Dumps Betty White". Deadline Hollywood. 
  9. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (October 18, 2013). "Betty White's 'Off Their Rockers' Revived at Lifetime". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  10. ^ a b Snierson, Dan (October 18, 2013). "Lifetime rescues 'Betty White's Off Their Rockers'". Entertainment Weekly. 
  11. ^ Bibel, Sara (January 22, 2014). "'Betty White's Off Their Rockers' Season 3 to Premiere Friday, February 28 on Lifetime". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Betty White's Off Their Rockers". Ezydvd.com.au. Retrieved October 20, 2013. 
  13. ^ "CTV Acquires Hidden-Camera Comedy BETTY WHITE'S OFF THEIR ROCKERS, Premiering Jan. 16". CNW. January 6, 2012. Retrieved January 15, 2012. 
  14. ^ Knox, David (June 19, 2012). "Airdate: Betty White’s Off Their Rockers". TV tonight. Retrieved December 11, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Betty White's Off Their Rockers". tvnz.co.nz. Retrieved December 11, 2012. 
  16. ^ "BETTY WHITE HURMAA TV5:N UUTUUSSARJASSA". tvviisi.fi. Retrieved July 12, 2013.  (Finnish)
  17. ^ ITV: Off Their Rockers
  18. ^ Off Their Rockers at TVGuide.co.uk
  19. ^ "Beti Vajt i otkačeni matorci". prvaplus.prva.rs. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 

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