Getting praise from critics and helping Saturday Night Live achieve a ratings surge has put comedienne-actress Betty White, 88, in the spotlight. It's not only her, but many other eighty-somethings as well.
Television executives, waking up to the fact that people of all ages love to see older people perform, have made it clear: If you are under 80, you need not apply.
In preparation for the onslaught of senior performers (well, it's really senior, senior performers), TV execs are revamping their studios. Railings are being added to hallways. Special dressing rooms (providing extras such as oxygen, blood pressure monitoring devices, Geritol, Viagra, and alarm clocks) will be provided. Paramedics will be in constant attendance, just in case - well, you know. And, of course, ambulances will always be at the ready.
One aging star, 79, had his agent ask TV producers about a possible gig on SNL, but it was a no-go. "Wait a year or two," his agent was told. "When your client is a little more seasoned, then maybe we'll consider him."