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Do Betty White + Carl Reiner = Emmy gold for 'Hot in Cleveland'?

July 1, 2010 |  6:11 am

Carl Reiner Betty White Hot in Cleveland When considering whom to cast as a date for four-time Emmy champ Betty White on "Hot in Cleveland," it was only natural for producers to turn to another Emmy favorite -- Carl Reiner. The all-around talent has taken home nine of these awards: two supporting-actor Emmys for "Caesar's Hour" (1957, 1958); three for his writing on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1962-1964); two for producing that best comedy series (1965, 1966); one for writing the "Your Show of Show" reunion variety special (1967); and a guest comedy actor award for an appearance on "Mad About You" (1995).

That last Emmy Award was for reprising his role as Alan Brady, the manic boss who ruled the roost on "The Dick Van Dyke Show." (Michelle Obama cites that classic sitcom as one of her favorite TV shows.) Reiner had based the character, in part, on Sid Caesar, the lead player on "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hour."

With nine Emmys on his mantle, Reiner has won an impressive 60% of his 15 Emmy bids. His six losses were for supporting actor ("Your Show of Shows," 1954; "Caesar's Hour," 1956); writing ("The Dick Van Dyke Show," 1965); individual achievement ("Linus the Lionhearted," 1966); guest comedy actor ("Beggars & Choosers," 2000); and special class ("The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited," 2004).

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