Betty White’s memory lives on with so many paying tribute to the legendary actress and animal rights activist, and chances are she would be touched to know how Guide Dogs for the Blind chose to honor her. In life, White had spent decades giving her support to various organizations benefitting animals of all kinds, and this includes Guide Dogs for the Blind. Before her passing, the Golden Girls star had been a friend of the org for 35 years.
Per TMZ, Guide Dogs for the Blind CEO Christine Benninger says they’ll be naming one of their Golden Retriever puppies after White as a special way of remembering her contributions and paying tribute. The name of the puppy is BettyRose, which is a nod to White’s real name along with her popular character on The Golden Girls. As fans of the classic sitcom will know, White played Rose Nylund for seven seasons of the beloved series.
BettyRose will go to a puppy raiser when she’s about six weeks old. White herself was a puppy raiser, having adopted a Golden Retriever named Pontiac. When Pontiac passed away a few years back, White chose not to adopt any new puppies when considering her advanced age, concerned that the dog would outlive her and then not be properly cared for. As her agent said, she was always “so sensitive” to the needs of animals and it’s always shown.
“Golden retrievers are really extroverts — they love people. They just can’t get enough of saying hello to folks. And Betty is like that: she genuinely loves people,” Benninger also said when White passed. “She’s the human version of the golden retriever.”
As she was celebrating her 99th birthday last year, White was preparing for a re-release of her 50-year-old series The Pet Set. Originally airing for 31 episodes in 1971, the show featured White conducting interviews with celebrity guests and interacting with their pets. Burt Reynolds, Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Burnett, Doris Day, and James Stewart were among some of the notable celebrities to appear. White also used the show to help promote discussions about pet care, ecology, and wildlife preservation. The show is now available on Apple TV+.
“In addition to her legendary status as an actress, comedian, and producer, Betty White has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to helping animals in need, including dedicated support for local shelters and animal welfare endeavors, fiercely promoting and protecting animal interests in her entertainment projects, and personally adopting many rescued animals,” Matt Bershadker, ASPCA president and CEO, told Today when White died.
The Golden Girls star also helped establish the Betty White Wildlife Fund, which funds research to address wildlife disasters. Just last year, the fund provided $1 million to support the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of animals after the raging wildfires in Australia. White had also been involved with American Humane for over 70 years, nearly half of the organization’s 145-year existence, at one point serving as a member of the board of directors.
There will never be another like Betty White. Rest in peace.
The White Lotus Season 2: Everything We Know and Why We Can't Wait
Mike White’s The White Lotus was one of the best and most talked-about series of 2021. Focusing on a group of wealthy tourists at a Hawaii resort, the limited series investigated social disparity in a paradise setting with a lot of humor. While we didn’t exactly fall in love with its narcissistic and morally dubious characters, we certainly loved to hate them and watch their hilarious and uncomfortable conflicts.
For those of us who loved the series, there’s good news. HBO announced recently that season two is officially happening and preproduction is underway. Here’s everything we know about The White Lotus Season 2 so far and why you cannot miss the new season:
The White Lotus season 2 is still in the middle of casting, which likely means that we will have to wait a bit until new episodes are released. There is no official date for the second season yet, but considering that they filmed Season one in late 2020 and released it in the summer of 2021, it is most likely that we’ll have to wait until late 2022 or early 2023.
Fans of the show might be surprised to hear that it is even getting a second season. The White Lotus was originally billed as a limited series, which means the plot in season one was concluded in its shocking finale. But, much like American Horror Story, The White Lotus will become an anthology series with a whole new plot, location, and cast every season. Each season will likely focus on the lives of different wealthy vacationers and the tourism workers whose efforts allow them to relax and enjoy the scenery.
Mike White, the creator of the show and Survivor alum, told Vulture that he plans to continue creating unlikeable characters and hateable people, which is not surprising if you have seen his other shows like Enlightened. He said, “I feel like I could create characters that fit some people’s political and cultural agenda and probably my own! That would be pandering.”
Though HBO executive Francesca Orsi confirmed that the second season will be heading to a new location, we don’t know specifically where. Since the title of the show refers to a chain of hotels, it is easy to see how the series could travel the world’s different “White Lotuses.” Mike White told TVLine that “it would have to be a different hotel, like, say, The White Lotus: San Tropez or something,” and in other interviews he has hinted at locations like France or Japan.
The first series featured an amazing ensemble cast that masterfully set the tone for the comedy series with stars like Connie Britton, Molly Shannon, Jennifer Coolidge, Steve Zahn, Alexandra Daddario, and Euphoria’s Sydney Sweeney. Since the new season will focus on a new resort, it will feature a whole new cast (except for Jennifer Coolidge), so there are a lot of reasons to be excited about the new cast of the upcoming season.
According to EW, Michael Imperioli of The Sopranos fame will be playing a character named Dominic Di Grasso, who is traveling with “his elderly father and recent college-graduate son.” In January 2022, HBO confirmed that Aubrey Plaza will be joining the cast as Harper Spiller, a woman who finds herself on vacation with her husband and his friends. MovieWeb reported that other confirmed cast members include the great F. Murray Abraham (Mythic Quest), Tom Hollander (The Night Manager), Adam DiMarco (The Order), and Haley Lu Richardson (The Edge of Seventeen). F. Murray Abraham will play Imperioli’s dad and DiMarco will play his son. Hollander will play Quentin, an English expatriate vacationing with his friends and his nephew. Richardson stars as Portia, a young woman traveling with her boss.
As mentioned, there is a small chance that some of our favorite actors will make a return, including Coolidge possibly reprising her instantly iconic role as Tanya. Coolidge was especially praised for her work, and Deadline reported back in October 2021 that she is set to return, though this doesn’t seem to be officially confirmed. White has suggested as much, though, telling IndieWire, “I don’t think you can credibly have [all the season one guests] on the same vacation again. But maybe it could be a Marvel universe type thing, where some of them would come back.”
The White Lotus was simply one of the best TV series of 2021. It is an incisive and hilarious depiction of income inequality in America that does not feel didactic or moralistic. Instead of showing us the world as we’d like it to be, this show depicts the world of luxury as it is: filled with selfish people who will always end up winning in a world of profit and capitalism. It slowly but surely reveals the underlying dynamics of disparity that inform human relationships. Mike White is not afraid to show the flaws and quirks of both upper and working-class characters while retaining a light tone that turns this show into a great comedy of manners.
Overall, the show becomes a brilliant document of its times as it bravely comments on topical subjects while keeping its eye on the more fundamental issue of class conflict. Considering that Mike White has had a hand in writing some classics like School of Rock, Freaks and Geeks, and Enlightened, the new season of The White Lotus looks rather promising.
Naomi Fry of the New Yorker described the show as a “near-note-perfect tragicomedy” and as “an examination of what happens when the veneer of conventional sociability dissolves and the power struggles stoked by race, class, and gender erupt from beneath the surface of everyday life.”
While the music, direction, and editing build a rhythmic tension which is quite unlike any other comedy on television, The White Lotus would not have been such a success without the masterful performances of its ensemble cast. Jennifer Coolidge, in particular, was praised for delivering one of her best performances ever as Tanya, a lonely alcoholic who carries around her dead mother’s ashes. She blends vulnerability with selfishness in a way that makes viewers somehow both empathize with and condemn her actions, a response which White perfects throughout the show’s entirety with several characters. Similarly, Connie Briton and Sydney Sweeney excelled as Nicole and Olivia Mossbacher, perfectly portraying the complexities of mother-daughter relationships and the intergenerational differences between boomers and millennials/zoomers.
Mike White can assuredly bring out the best of whatever cast he assembles, though, and we’re confident that Plaza, Imperioli, Abraham, possibly Coolidge and others will make for another season of biting and hilarious social commentary, and we could not be more excited.
The 9 Best Superhero TV Shows From the 20th Century
Superheroes have truly taken the world by storm with countless television and film adaptations propelling these beloved characters to further glory. Between the astronomical success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on both the big and small screens, and the DC Extended Universe’s crusade to build their own lasting franchise empire, audiences across the world want anything and everything to do with superheroes. While in recent years these phenomenal warriors found life predominantly on the silver screen, that wasn’t always the case.
Superheroes have been entertaining fans from the comfort of their homes since the 1950s, introducing the masses to iconic and beloved characters. The twentieth century brought forth some of the most exciting and memorable superheroes in adaptations that continue to garner admiration and affection. From Adam West’s campy portrayal of the masked crusader to a butt-kicking female cyborg, television became home to famous comic faces. Let’s take a look at the nine best superhero TV shows from the 20th century.
Starring Van Williams as the titular character and martial arts legend Bruce Lee as Kato, The Green Hornet premiered in 1966 and is based on the crime-fighting superhero that was created by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker. The show follows bachelor and media mogul Britt Reid, a newspaper publisher by day and masked vigilante by night who is aided by his martial arts expert partner Kato. The Green Hornet introduced American television audiences to Bruce Lee and became the first popular American show presenting Asian-style martial arts. When Lee was cast, he moved so fast that his movements could not be caught on film, so he had to go slow during the action sequences. Despite only lasting a season, The Green Hornet was a stepping stone for Lee’s impressive show business career and has since gone on to become a cult favorite.
Perhaps the first most widely recognized and well-known version of Superman in Hollywood, Adventures of Superman is a groundbreaking series that was also undeniably the first successful superhero television show. Starring George Reeves as the iconic title character, the series ran for six seasons from 1952 to 1958 and featured the humble hero as he protects Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen from perilous situations in Metropolis. It is a pioneer in the superhero TV genre and the character went on to establish the major conventions of the archetype that would forever be implemented: a codename, remarkable superpowers and an altruistic mission. There was a planned revival of Adventures of Superman in 1959, but the plans fell through with the tragic death of lead George Reeves.
After becoming severely injured during a NASA test flight accident, former astronaut and USAF Colonel Steve Austin is rebuilt with nuclear-powered bionic limbs and implants, becoming a secret intelligence agent as a result in The Six Million Dollar Man. Lee Majors stars in the titular role that is based on the Martin Caidin novel Cyborg and became a pop culture icon for his portrayal. With the help of his boss Oscar Goldman, Steve Austin is sent on a colorful myriad of missions, using his superhuman speed, strength and vision for good. The Six Million Dollar Man ran for five successful seasons from 1973 to 1978 and led to three television movies. The series was also an international hit and was screened in over 70 countries, cementing its legacy as a classic superhero show.
Based on the Marvel Comics character, 1977’s The Incredible Hulk centers on a fugitive scientist with the bizarre curse of transforming into a powerful green monster when under extreme emotional duress. Bill Bixby stars as Dr. David Bruce Banner, with Lou Ferrigno memorably taking on the role of the Hulk. David travels far and wide in search of a cure to his strange condition, helping those in need despite his violent alter ego. Creator Kenneth Johnson widely ignored much of the Hulk’s comic book background in favor of making him more acceptable and believable to audiences. Stan Lee himself praised the direction and tone of the show, having said, “He took a comic book character and made him somewhat plausible. Women liked it and men liked it and teenagers liked it […] It was beautifully done. He changed it quite a bit from the comic book, but every change he made, made sense.”
Television legend Adam West donned the iconic batsuit when he took on the role of the vigilante superhero for the 1966 TV show Batman. Featuring Burt Ward as his faithful sidekick Robin, the series follows the dynamic crime fighting duo as they defend Gotham City from a slew of diabolical archvillains. Known for its unintentionally humorous delivery and camp style, Batman didn’t take itself too seriously and was an amusing and fun ride for viewers. With its silly fight sequences, hilarious comic book font title cards (“Bam!” “Pow!”), and simplistic morality, the ‘60s series was truly monumental. The hit show ran for three seasons as well as a 1966 companion feature film, and undeniably served as the world’s official introduction to the beloved DC superhero.
A spin-off of the mega hit science fiction series The Six Million Dollar Man, 1976’s The Bionic Woman sees Lindsay Wagner revive her famous character Jaime Sommers as she becomes the first female cyborg. After being critically injured during a skiing accident, Sommers receives bionic surgical implants similar to those of Steve Austin, and is assigned to spy missions of her own. Though the show only ran for three seasons, it gained worldwide popularity, and Wagner earned an Emmy Award in 1977 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series; interestingly, it was women who brought superheroes their first mainstream awards, with Wagner and, two years later, Carolyn Fields in The Incredible Hulk leading the way. The Bionic Woman was light-hearted and fun like its companion show, and included exciting action and plenty of butt-kicking. Wagner would return to the role alongside Lee Majors for made-for-television movies in 1987, 1989 and 1994, and the series was revived for a short-lived 2007 reboot.
The 1990s pop culture phenomenon Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers centers on a group of teenagers with superpowers who are recruited by the wise sage Zordon to become Power Rangers. The group is given the ability to morph into powerful, colorful figures and battle it out against evil foes like the malevolent witch Rita Repulsa and later Lord Zedd and hordes of nefarious monsters. The series featured a gifted young cast including Amy Jo Johnson, Austin St. John, and Walter Emmanuel Jones who helped catapult the show to fame in the ‘90s. Due to the action-oriented nature of the show, creators wanted lead actors who had background in physically intensive activities; Johnson was a former competitive gymnast, St. John a black belt in Taekwondo, and Jones a dancer. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers spawned countless merchandise, feature and reboot films, and a companion TV series. They’re even going to fight Godzilla in a new comic book.
ABC’s 1993 superhero series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman loosely follows the modern origin of the character, and focuses both on the relationship between Lois and Clark and the many adventures of his alter-ego, Superman. Starring Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher as the beloved comic couple, the series chronicles Clark’s efforts against famous foes like Lex Luther, The Prankster, and Metallo. Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman was a fresh and innovative superhero series, one which focused on romance, sensuality, and relationships more than nearly any other, but was also fun and playful, making it a worthy entry for the Superman legacy.
Before audiences were taken with Gal Gadot’s explosive performance as the lasso-wielding warrior princess, the world’s original Wonder Woman was Lynda Carter. The actress once stated that when she won the role of the epic superhero, she had only $25 in the bank, but this hit changed all that. The 1976 series focuses on Diana Prince’s fight for justice during World War II, and then later in the 1970s when the title changed to The New Adventures of Wonder Woman. Carter’s portrayal of the character heavily influenced the Wonder Woman comics, as the star came up with the ballerina-style spinning transformation that was incorporated into the comics. The series ran for three seasons, during which Carter’s passionate performance was lauded by critics and endeared her to fans. She even appeared in a cameo as Asteria in the blockbuster hit Wonder Woman 1984. Everything about this early iteration of Wonder Woman is truly iconic, and it is undoubtedly one of the best superhero TV shows to ever grace the small screen.