NBC Celebrates Betty White’s 90th Birthday (Again) In All-New Special

betty_whiteWe always knew Betty White can do it all, but did you know that the Golden Girl can turn 90 not once but twice? That’s right. The “Betty White’s 2nd Annual 90th Birthday Special” will air in just a few weeks on NBC. After a ratings success for the last celebration, it appears NBC didn’t want to let this opportunity slip by. In fact, Betty won’t turn 90 again. Or will she? In all seriousness, this special is to celebrate Betty’s 91st birthday, but it just doesn’t sound as catchy as her second 90th. Let’s face it.

Joining Betty White on this special are a number of major name stars. According to an NBC press release, Blake Shelton, Bill Cosby, Whoopi Goldberg, Sean Hayes, Rico Rodriguez, Lily Tomlin and Sarah Silverman will honor America’s comedy sweetheart, along with Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States. Also on hand to deliver birthday wishes will be Vicki Lawrence –reprising her popular title role from “Mama’s Family” — Katie Couric and White’s “Hot in Cleveland” co-stars Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick, as well as Zachary Levi, Larry King and Kate Flannery.

The special will include clips chronicling Ms. White and her illustrious career, as well as a performance from Blake Shelton written just for the guest of honor.

The special airs Feb 5 at 8/7c, followed by the special two-hour season premiere of SMASH at 9/8c on NBC!

StandUp2Cancer Returns for Third Telecast

Via StandUp2Cancer:

Building on two historic fundraising telecasts in 2008 and 2010, Stand Up To Cancer will return to primetime television on Friday, September 7 (8:00-9:00 PM ET & PT). Executive producers Gwyneth Paltrow and Joel Gallen will join Stand Up To Cancer’s production team to deliver a one-of-a-kind show featuring performances from top recording artists, and celebrities from film, television and sports engaging viewers with powerful stories and a moving call-to-action.

This star-studded appeal will continue to build public support for groundbreaking translational research accelerating the delivery of new therapies to patients, getting them from the “bench to the bedside” as quickly as possible. SU2C brings together scientists from different disciplines across various institutions to collaborate.

ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC are donating one hour of simultaneous commercial-free primetime for the nationally televised fundraising special on September 7, to be broadcast live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. HBO, HBO Latino, Bio, LMN (Lifetime Movie Network), Logo, MLB Network, mun2, Palladia, TBS and VH1 have also committed to carry the Stand Up To Cancer telecast, with other cablers expected to, as well. The program will include a celebrity phone/multi-media bank that will allow viewers to interact with participating talent. Viewers will also be able to donate via text-to-give and at standup2cancer.org. One hundred percent of all public donations will go directly to cancer research.

The first two SU2C telecasts took place on September 5, 2008 and September 10, 2010, and have been viewed in more than 190 countries. To date, more than $180 million has been pledged for SU2C’s innovative cancer research. Since 2008, SU2C has made grants to seven multi-disciplinary “Dream Teams” of researchers as well as to 26 young innovative scientists who are undertaking high-risk, potentially high-reward projects to end the reign of cancer as a leading cause of death in the world today. Sixty-eight institutions are currently involved.

Talent participation in the 2012 SU2C broadcast will be announced as the special nears. Right now the following personalities are confirmed: Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, Jessica Biel, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Emma Stone, Seth Rogan, Simon Baker, Jordana Brewster, Diem Brown, Dana Delany, Chelsea Handler, Marg Helgenberger, Rashida Jones, Minka Kelly, Joe Manganiello, Jillian Michaels, Masi Oka, Ana Maria Polo, Alison Sweeney, and SU2C co-founder Katie Couric. Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys, Coldplay, and Tim McGraw are scheduled to perform.