TV Land’s "Hot In Cleveland" is proof that with age comes excellence.
Behind its humor and side-splitting hijinks, the show harkens back to the hit '80s sitcom "The Golden Girls" in its portrayal of mature women who are “rarely celebrated” on television, the cast told HuffPost Live on Tuesday. As such, the sitcom represents a stark departure from the traditional aesthetic normally seen on the small screen.
"It was kind of a wasteland out there. I don’t know of any other show where they were asking [for] women over even 40," said actress Wendie Malick. "They were going so young with all of these shows, and there were so few shows about women. And the fact that they were going to create something with four women leads was shocking in and of itself."
Malick hopes that the show might lead the way to a new trend in American television.
"It’s a breath of fresh air, and it’s so good to own who you are, instead of pretending you’re something else," Malick told host Ricky Camilleri. "It’s why, I think, so many of us are so drawn to BBC shows where women are proud of their age and their experience. And in this country, we’d so love to bring that back."
"Cleveland" costar Jane Leeves looked to Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren, the newest face of L’Oreal Paris, who she said embodied the grace of a mature woman.
"That is a sexy older woman who owns it. She doesn’t hide her age," Leeves said. "She doesn't die her hair even, I don’t think, anymore. She just owns it and that’s so wonderful."
With veterans like Mirren getting their time to shine, here’s hoping the industry can make room for a few more mature women to flex their acting chops.
Watch the full HuffPost Live interview with the cast of "Hot In Cleveland" here.
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