NBC has scheduled a two-hour Betty White block on January 16 from 8-10 PM, the night before the actress’ 90-th birthday. It will feature the 90-minute special Betty White’s 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America’s Golden Girl from 8-9:30 PM, followed by a sneak peak of White’s upcoming hidden-camera comedy series for NBC, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, from 9:30-10 PM. Adapted from the International Emmy-winning Belgium series Benidorm Bastards, Off Their Rockers features host White sending a team of senior citizens to the streets to pull pranks on the younger generation. The series is yet to get a slot on NBC’s schedule. The birthday special will tape live at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Additionally, White’s TV Land sitcom Hot In Cleveland will feature an episode dedicated to White’s character’s milestone birthday.
Carol Burnett will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Cinematographers Guild’ 49th annual Publicists Awards Luncheon, which will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 24, 2012. Previous recipients of the award include George Burns, Lew Wasserman, Warren Beatty, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Clint Eastwood, Julie Andrews, Harrison Ford, Robert Zemeckis and last year’s honoree Sylvester Stallone.
The Paley Center’s 29th annual PaleyFest: The William S. Paley Television Festival, will take place from March 2-14 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. FX’s new drama American Horror Story will serve as the gala opening, Modern Family will close out the festival, with Mad Men also on tap for a session.
Chris Coelen’s Kinetic Content, producer of the upcoming game/reality shows You Deserve It on ABC and Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, has promoted Emma Conway to Executive Producer in charge of Development. Additionally, Zach Green (American Chopper, Survivor) is joining the company as Executive Producer.