Try as NBC might, they just can't keep a comedy legend down. About three months back, the Peacock canceled 'Betty White's Off Their Rockers' after two seasons. The first season did more than respectable ratings, the second...not so much. Still, as first revealed by The Hollywood Reporter, this hasn't stopped Lifetime from deciding to resurrect the series for a third batch of episodes.
For those unfamiliar, 'Off Their Rockers' featured a troupe of elderly men and women that played practical jokes on unsuspecting young people. The premise was certainly a unique spin on the standard hidden camera prank show. After all, who's going to suspect that they're being made a fool of by a senior citizen? Well, I would, but I'm weird like that. The elderly tend to be a lot wilier than most people give them credit for.
While NBC's cancellation of the series seemed fairly warranted (the second season lost roughly half of the show's freshman audience), anything close to the 2-3 million weekly viewers that 'Rockers' drew towards the end would still be a boon for a cable network like Lifetime. This actually isn't even a new practice for the female-centered network, which revived 'America's Most Wanted' for two additional years following its FOX cancellation. Lifetime also picked up 'Devious Maids' after ABC passed, which has gone on to become a runaway hit.
The third season of 'Betty White's Off Their Rockers' will premiere sometime in 2014. Those looking to get their Betty White fix sooner can tune into the fifth season of her sitcom 'Hot In Cleveland,' which returns next spring on TVLand. Betty White is truly the world's hardest working 91-year-old.