Cooking for family is fun for actress Valerie Bertinelli. Cooking for Betty White was intimidating.
For the debut of “Valerie’s Home Cooking,” her new Food Network show premiering Saturday, Bertinelli invited co-stars White, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick from the now-defunct TV Land sitcom “Hot in Cleveland” for a meal.
“It was a little nerve-racking because Betty doesn’t like too many things,” Bertinelli said of her 93-year-old colleague. “She likes tuna fish, she likes hot dogs, she likes Red Vines [candy] and vodka. So what am I going to make?” Bertinelli settled on tuna salad.
Growing up in an Italian family, it was “food, God and garlic in our house,” Bertinelli said. She’s hoping the 10-episode “Valerie’s Home Cooking” is enough of a success to merit a second season.
The former teen sitcom star of “One Day at a Time” is looking for acting jobs again following the cancellation of “Hot in Cleveland” after six seasons.
‘Dallas’ revisited in North Dakota? Don Johnson says ABC’s Sunday fall drama “Blood & Oil” is not a remake of “Dallas” or “Dynasty.” The show features a patriarch played by Johnson (shades of J.R. Ewing but less rascally) who has a bad boy son. “No,” he said, when asked about any similarities to the other shows. “The only thing that we have in common is that tangentially oil is a part of it, but ‘Blood & Oil’ is about a boomtown and a big family and the seven deadly sins.” The new show also stars Chace Crawford and Rebecca Rittenhouse. The setting: the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota.
Inquiry: National Transportation Safety Board investigators will meet Tuesday to determine the probable cause of the accident that injured actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and killed one of his friends. A Wal-Mart truck slammed into the back of a limo van carrying the former “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” star and the others back from a show in Delaware last June. Comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair was killed, and Morgan suffered head trauma, a broken leg and broken ribs.
Recovering: Food Network star Sandra Lee plans to head home this weekend following a hospitalization for complications from breast cancer surgery. In a Facebook post, Lee’s representative said the “Semi-Homemade Cooking” star will be allowed to leave the hospital but will be on “heavy antibiotics” as she continues to fight an infection. The representative said Lee, 49, may face more surgery next week. Lee was rushed to the hospital Tuesday in the latest complication since her double mastectomy in May.