Betty White joins cast of 'Cleveland'

March 16, 2010 at 4:55 PM
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NEW YORK, March 16 (UPI) -- TV Land says it has signed U.S actress Betty White to co-star in its new sitcom "Hot in Cleveland," which is to premiere in June.

The network's first original scripted series also features veteran actresses Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick.

White is to take on the role of the "snarky but lovable" Elka Ostrovsky, property caretaker of the home that the glamorous Los Angeles residents played by Bertinelli, Leeves and Malick rent after their plane makes an emergency landing in Cleveland, the network said in a news release Tuesday.

"The talented Betty White is the finishing touch to this outstanding sitcom ensemble," Larry W. Jones, president of TV Land, said in a statement Tuesday. "Betty's illustrious career spans more than 60 years and makes her one of Hollywood's most iconic and sought after actresses in television today. Her lively role as Elka in 'Hot in Cleveland' is what viewers love to see from her -- an amazing sense of timing and fantastic comedy genius. We are confident audiences will love her in this project, TV Land's first foray into scripted television."

White was initially cast in the show's pilot, but now is expected to appear throughout the entire season.

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