6A - Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com
fiA - Wednesday, April 10, 2013 The Michigan Daily - michigandailycom
White, Leeves talk
'Hot in Cleveland'
TV Land stars tease
'Mary Tyler Moore
By ALEC STERN
Daily Arts Writer
When "Hot in Cleveland"
returns this summer for the sec-
ond half of season four, you can
expect more laughs, heart and a
few exciting surprises along the
In a conference call with The
Michigan Daily, stars Betty
White ("The Golden Girls") and
Jane Leeves ("Frasier") dis-
cussed the upcoming episodes,
feminism and teased a "Mary
Tyler Moore Show" reunion.
When "Hot in Cleveland"
premiered in 2010, it became
TV Land's first original scripted
series. Just three years later, TV
Land is home to four original.
series, boasting such star power
as Fran Drescher, Kristen John-
ston and Cedric the Entertainer.
In development for the fall is
"Kirstie's New Show," a sitcom
starring Kirstie Alley and "Sein-
feld" star Michael Richards.
White and Leeves are aware
that their show has paved the
way for the latter series. Of their
status as pioneers of TV Land
original comedy, Leeves likened
"Hot in Cleveland" 's success to
that of another hit show.
"I think 'Hot in Cleveland'
has done for TV Land what 'Mad
Men' did for AMC," Leeves said.
"It sort of branded the network,
so it feels really great for us and
to keep this genre alive and kick-
ing, a genre that both Betty and
I have so much experience with
I think it's really wonderful."
One of the most anticipated
episodes of "Hot in Cleveland"
's upcoming season will feature
a "Mary Tyler Moore Show"
reunion of sorts - Moore, Val-
erie Harper and Cloris Leach-
man will join White and Georgia
Engel (who already recurs on
"Cleveland") for an episode set to
air in September.
'G.I. Joe' sequel sinks
By MATT EASTON
What happens when the bad
guys are more fun than the good
guys? When a movie about action
joyfully with -
while trap- G.l. Joe
ping the heroes Retaliation
molds? , "G.I. At Quality16
Joe Retalia- and Rave
to answer these Paramount
soporificsfashion. Literally, peo-
ple fell asleep.
"Retaliation" creates a world
where the Joes take on North
Koreans, Pakistani terrorists,
ninjas and cartoon character-
like bad guys - all while look-
ing and acting like a copy of
Seal Team Six. Mish-mashing
these elements of the real with
elements of the absurd doesn't
work; it feels wrong that Ameri-
can Heroes with names like
Roadblock, Lady Jaye and Flint
unload buckets of bullets into the
bodies of insurgents. Shouldn't
they be firing lasers at hover
tanks as Cobra Commander
screams a "Curse you, G.I. Joe!!!"
from his escape pod?
The plot presents nothing one
wouldn't already expect through
watching the trailer, and it's
messily constructed beyond its
banality: The president (Jona-
than Pryce, "Pirates of the Carib-
bean") has been replaced by an
evil president working for Cobra. Palicki, "Legion"), are worse -
The evil president acts normal simply chiseled jaws and nice
while apparently easily taking bodies with no emotional or
over pretty much every aspect even quirky skillset to latch onto
of the U.S. government. Switch- (like, how hard is it to say, "She's
ing out members of the Secret the cool-ass sniper. And he's the
Service for Cobra operatives is awesome explosive expert." At
apparently super normal and not least that gives us a paper-thin
at all suspicious. After this, evil character as opposed to nothing
president terminates the Joes - at all!).
post-framing them as traitors. "Retaliation" does hit the
Some Joes survive. They want mark with the bad guys. Cobra
to save the world. There's an arc Commander (Luke Bracey,
with ninjas and RZA (hamming "Monte Carlo") hisses and
up a Blind Master role). menaces nicely, while looking
ridiculous. Firefly (Ray Steven-
son, "Thor") drawls out stupid
An action flick lines and tosses explosive (you
guessed it) fireflies, while look-
that might put log ridiculous. Storm, Shadow
(Lee Byung-hun, "The Good, the
you to sleep. Bad, the Weird") simply rules,
while looking awesome. Shadow
actually rides a little narrative
about revenge and redemption,
The problem isn't that the plot and well ... he's a friggin' ninja. It
is boring, because almost every also helps that Lee can actually
action movie necessarily has a act (see his Korean films, they
dumb, overblown narrative; the rule).
real issue is that the characters "G.I. Joe Retaliation" will find
aren't compelling enough to its place on Sunday afternoon
warrant an ounce of caring. Only TNT movie marathons, and
the bad guys possess the zani- if you've just ate an excessive
ness that one expects from such amount of Chinese food, and the
a naturally zany franchise. Even birds are chirping lightly with
the charming Dwayne John- glimmers of sunlight hitting
son ("Fast Five") hardly shows your couch, you might consider
up - he smiles and seems to be napping with it in the back-
having a good time, but ulti- ground. Weirdly, falling asleep
mately, Johnson (as Roadblock) to the sound of inconsequential
is just a strong guy in Kevlar and bullets and a yelling The Rock
Under Armour. The other main comforts, and at least you might
Joes, Flint (D.J. Cotrona, "Dear think, "Retaliation" has done
John") and Lady Jaye (Adrianne some good.
T V LANLD
Is this a Target commercial?
"The Mary Tyler Moore
Show," which ran from 1970 to
1977, was an important series in
the development of gender roles
on television, and White and
Leeves think "Hot in Cleveland"
has earned a place in that ongo-
"(Our characters) are still try-
ing to continue and improve our-
selves ... The world doesn't lock
down when you pass a certain
age. It's always open for you, and
it's up to you to do it," White said.
"It's not over until it's over.
There's always room to reinvent
yourself as Elka (White's charac-
ter) is doing right now by going
back to college," Leeves said.
While "The Mary Tyler Moore
Show" reunion may not exactly
excite the average college stu-
dent, there is still plenty to enjoy
when "Hot in Cleveland" returns.
"I'm constantly surprised
by the young demographic we
have ... There is such a message
of hope in this show, and (it's) a
very modern twist on a classic
format," Leeves said.
Speaking more to the point,
she thinks college students
should tune in "because they
don't know what they're miss-
"Hot in Cleveland" returns on
Wednesday, June 19th at 10 p.m.
with a supersized live episode.
RELEASE DATE- Wednesday, April 10, 2013
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