Saturday, May 18, 2024

Shirley Jones, 79, to Play 82 Year Old William Shatner’s Mother on TV Comedy


I know that “Hot in Cleveland” has a Susan Harris-like wackiness, so this probably seems right to them. But Shirley Jones, the great Hollywood star of “Oklahoma!” and “Elmer Gantry” and “Carousel” will appear on the live premiere of the TVLand show on June 19th. Are you ready? She’s playing the mother–the mother– of William Shatner’s character, whatever that is. Shatner, the forever James T. Kirk, is 82. Hmmm….Betty White, 91, and youngsters Valerie Bertinelli, Wendi Malick and Jane Leeves are the regulars….No one’s mentioned their ages, the fact that Jones is younger than Shatner and more appropriately aged to play his sister. But that’s TV, I guess. Jones’s most famous role as a mother was as the matriarch of “The Partridge Family.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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