TV Bites: Betty White Books a Mother's Day Date
· It's taken months of tireless Facebook campaigning, but fans now have official confirmation of Betty White's upcoming Saturday Night Live episode in the form of a date: May 8. Although the former Golden Girl does not actually have children, Lorne Michaels validated her Mother's Day booking by explaining, "She's the mother of us all in comedy." Apparently, this mother needs her little helpers, because Michaels has enlisted six former female SNL cast members to join the comedy legend for the episode; Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Molly Shannon, Maya Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer and Rachel Dratch will all help to lighten White's sketch load at Studio 8H. A band for the May 8 show has yet to be announced. [People]
A 24 star gets a Happy Ending, Mark Burnett tests the deceptiveness of game show hosts, and more TV Bites after the jump.
· Further proof that Fox is pulling the plug on 24: series regular Elisha Cuthbert has been cast as the lead in the ABC pilot Happy Endings, about a bride and groom who break up at the altar and struggle to maintain relationships with their friends. [THR]
· ABC has ordered a game show pilot from uber-producer Mark Burnett called Trust Me, I'm a Game Show Host. The project will feature two talk show hosts who match wits about various subjects with contestants culled from a studio audience. The audience members will have to to decide which host is is telling the truth. Fun for... hmm. [THR]
· Just what the world needs -- a reality show that combines weight loss and wedding planning. The CW is developing the series, Shed to Wed, with the help of production companies Mindcrime and 25/7. [THR]
· Overseas, Lily Allen is reportedly in production on a reality show that would track her transition from music to clothing design. [The Sun]
· A&E is celebrating the life of Corey Haim tonight by running the previously aired documentary Bio Remembers: The Coreys on its Bio channel at 10 PM. The program was updated yesterday after news of his death. [Radar]