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Hot In Cleveland Didn’t Wait to Make ‘Ryan Seacrest Is a Big Queen’ Joke

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It’s a good thing nearly five million people — TV Land’s best ratings ever — tuned in for Wednesday’s premiere of Hot In Cleveland. Because it was awesome. Which you don’t see very often from ensemble multi-cam sitcoms featuring non-twentysomething women.

Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves star as women who have had everything and, thanks to a crappy plane ride, end up in Cleveland instead of Paris. (Fine, the plot line takes some leeway.) It’s the anti-Sex and the City, and not just because Betty White and her deadpan delivery are attached, but because the three main characters are realizing the constant ladder climbing and LA way of life is actually not terrible rewarding.

And maybe it’s because the thing is executive produced by Sean Hayes, but we didn’t even mind the obvious punchline about Ryan Seacrest being a big girl.

Above, that clip and the final scene of the premiere.

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  • rudy

    After he successfully hosted the Tony Awards and (I’m reading here) has produced this very funny Golden-Girls-meets-Sex-In-The City, I am almost ready to forgive Hayes for playing one of the most annoying gay stereotypes on network television.

  • jason

    Note how the two younger females both have long, flowing hair. Ewww, they look like hair clones from a Hollywood-approved hair salon.

    As for the jokes about Ryan Seacrest, lame is as lame says.


    HIC definatley has potential, I am a sucker for anything Betty White graces, however the overly obnoxious laugh track is a TOTAL distraction, I prefer to make my own decisions as to when to emit a chuckle, thank you very much……….

  • ksu499

    Cincinnati is the Paris of Ohio.

  • Kyle

    I think there is a huge difference in calling someone a girl vs. gay.

  • swhall

    @ksu499: Betty said Toledo is the Paris of Ohio, lol

  • David in Houston

    I love all of these actresses… especially Betty White. But this sitcom is just too generic to watch week after week. They should have grabbed some of the ex-writers from Frasier.

  • dvd

    I’d rather watch reruns of Mary Tyler Moore on that channel. TVland was supposed too have its niche, and it wasn’t being a channel like TBS. I know it’s a dumb thing to bitch about, but every channel is started to outdo each other in stupidity. Remember when A&E was arts and entertainment?

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