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BetteBack June 12, 1997: Bette Midler heading to TV in ‘The Harlettes’

Cedar Rapids Gazette
June 12, 1997

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HOLLYWOOD — Bette Midler is turning her talent to weekly TV.

She and her All Girl Productions partner Bonnie Bruckheimer are executive-producing a sitcom titled “The Harlettes” — which, of course, is the name of Bette’s backup group. It will deal not only with the personal lives of the trio, but with their professional responsibilities and pressures working with a temperamental superstar. Guess who? You don’t have to guess.

We understand Midler will play The Star herself in the pilot edition of the show — and is expected to pop in for occasional appearances as the series unfolds. Casting is under way for the Castle Rock series.

This seems to be a time of transition for Midler. Her recent movie, “The Old Feeling,” bombed badly. She’s supposed to step into the shoes of the late Eva Gabor in a Fox TV movie version of the vintage sitcom “Green Acres.” And, oh yes, she’s been agent shopping.

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