Since the Facebook campaign to get Betty White to host Saturday Night Live was such a great success, there are already new groups popping up in support of everyone from Johnny Weir to random people's relatives. That's all well and good, but there are a lot of talented actresses out there of a certain age who could certainly benefit from this sort of career boost. And we can't imagine we'll get tired of sweet older ladies talking about lesbians or spouting profanities any time soon. Since Cloris Leachman already had her shot at a comeback with her goofy Dancing With the Stars stint, here are some other folks who've fallen off the radar that we'd want to see enjoy the full Betty White treatment. We assume Lorne Michaels knows how to get in touch with them.
The Addams Family is on Broadway, yet she didn't even get the call to reprise her voice role from the '90s show (although she should probably consider herself lucky). But this 89-year-old is known for her comedy, and she's got singing chops, so just think of the songs she could belt out. Plus, she rapped with L.L. Cool J at the Tony Awards a few years ago, so we foresee an SNL Digital Short in her future.
Could Delicious Dish reunite again so that the owner of Edna's Edibles could make an appearance? Mrs. Garrett gets some work here and there, but nothing that rivals her most famous role. We'd like her to try and teach the facts of life to a new generation.
She's pretty much awesome, but aside from playing herself on Boston Legal a few years back and doing stand-up on The Tonight Show, there haven't been a lot of credits added to her resume recently. At 92, she could even crack wise about being older than Betty White.
We're not going to count a few episodes of Hannah Montana as a career bounce-back -- we'd like to see Dolly and her wealth of assets get some true TV respect in this decade. She's only 64 and she probably doesn't need the cash, what with Dollywood and all her music royalties, but there is no reason that this still sexy, curvy, classy lady shouldn't flaunt her famous figure on TV. She'd be a hoot. And we'd like to see if the SNL writers could ignore her boobs for an entire show.
Two episodes of Hung? This former Cheers star deserves so much better than that. Her husband is working steadily on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, so why can't she get to show off her humorous side again? We've got a feeling she wouldn't shy away from any racy subject. Our dream would be for Rhea to get Danny DeVito, Carol Kane and the remaining Taxi members back together for a reunion sketch. We'd also settle for her doing a fake SNL commercial for Sunny's Kitten Mittons.
Can Billy Crystal use some of his pull with Lorne to get his former Soap co-star on SNL? She's got cross-generational appeal, and just think of the cougar jokes that this Who's the Boss alum could pull off. Heck, Mona was ferociously attracting younger men on TV decades before "cougar" was even coined. We'd love to see her honored somehow.
This Designing Women star still works here and there, most recently on guilty pleasure Drop Dead Diva, but her Southern charm deserves a wider audience. We just want to see the return of Popular's mommy dearest Cherry Cherry, and if SNL doesn't want her, we hope Ryan Murphy finds a way to work her into Glee, stat. It would make as much storyline sense as anything else on that show.
We'd like to see Ms. Mills shed that longstanding Disney image, and along the way make fun of her Parent Trap successor Lindsay Lohan as well as the current crop of Disney talent (Demi, Miley, Selena). And maybe, just maybe, she could dish about what Dustin Diamond was really like on the set of Good Morning, Miss Bliss.
Any woman that can pull off a Basic Instinct-style sketch during the MTV Movie Awards like she did, in addition to poking fun at her motherly persona while slumming on The Surreal Life, deserves to be doing more interesting things than working on a network devoted to retirement. Let's get her back in the mainstream; we bet she could give SNL's Target Lady a run for her money.
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