Tag: The Mary Tyler Moore Show

  • Comedy Is … Must See TV
    Comedy Is … Must See TV

    Is it possible for a sitcom to have a personality? Newsradio wasn’t given the most auspicious of starts. Although it was commissioned on the spot, two scenes into the pilot recording, by network boss Warren Littlefield, it only had a seven episode first season commitment. And things went downhill from there. But when I first…

  • A Mary Tyler Moore Show Test Scene
    A Mary Tyler Moore Show Test Scene

    It’s not often you get a chance to compare two versions of the same sitcom scene, but every now and then, you do. Here’s a famous moment from The Mary Tyler Moore Show, as it played out on broadcast, when Mary first meets Lou Grant. It’s a great scene, and regarded as a classic for…

  • Sitcom Reunions
    Sitcom Reunions

    With the misleading news that the cast of Friends are reuniting for a new episode (they’re not, it’s just the actors sitting on a stage and talking), what better time to look at a few other US sitcom reunions? At least Seinfeld did theirs in a unique and interesting way – using a season of…

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  • Proctology: A Bottom Examination
    Proctology: A Bottom Examination

    For a long time now I’ve been wanting to write an old-fashioned programme guide. One you can hold in your hand and thumb through, make notes on, spill coffee on. So I did. Proctology: A Bottom Examination is my deep dive into Bottom, the hit BBC Two sitcom starring Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. That’s…

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  • Re-Casting Keanu
    Re-Casting Keanu

    Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him eight years older than Clive Dunn was when he was first cast in Dad’s Army. But don’t panic, Clive Dunn was always playing much older characters than his own age. Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him seven years older than Stephanie Cole was when she was first…

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