Betty White’s secrets for longevity
Betty White turned 99 on Sunday, and in the lead-up, the actress shared her secrets for a long and happy life.
The first one? “Having a sense of humour,” she told People. “Just looking at the positive side and not dwelling on the downside. Takes up too much energy being negative. Also having a good agent who keeps me busy all the time.”
White, whose most famous roles include Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls, also credits her genes for helping her along. “I am blessed with good health, so turning 99 is no different than turning 98,” she said.
As for how she planned to spend her birthday amid a pandemic, White was thinking low-key. She said she was looking forward to “visiting with close friends and bringing food to my animal friends” once restrictions lift.
Masterchef Canada sets return date
Cooking competition show Masterchef Canada will return Feb. 14 for its seventh season on CTV, bringing back 12 former competitors for another showdown.
The winner will take home a $100,000 cash prize as well as a Chef’s Culinary Package courtesy of appliance sponsor Miele. Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung and Claudio Aprile will return as judges.
Episodes of Masterchef Canada: Back To Win will also stream the day after their CTV premiere on CTV.ca and CTV app — the latter two will also feature exclusive interviews, judges’ tips and tricks, recipes, and bonus content.
All in the Family turns 50
Norman Lear’s lightning-rod television series All in the Family has turned 50. The comedy, starring Carroll O’Connor as working-class patriarch Archie Bunker, debuted Jan. 12, 1971, on CBS. Archie’s conservative views contrasted with those of his liberal son-in-law Mike Stivic (Rob Reiner), embodying the tension of a politically polarized United States.
“We didn’t know Archie Bunker, but we felt we did. He was so American, but a specific type of American,” Lear, 98, told the New York Post.
“It shows you that very little has changed,” Struthers, 73, said. “If you took a recording of an [All in the Family] episode . . . and just heard the audio, especially where there’s a discussion or argument about politics … and you inserted the names of politicians today, all of the arguments still hold up.”
All in the Family was based British TV hit Till Death Us Do Part and ran for nine seasons. It produced spinoffs including The Jeffersons, Archie Bunker’s Place, and Maude. In 2019, ABC broadcast two separate specials titled Live in Front of a Studio Audience, which recreated All in the Family episodes with modern-day stars.