Category: Mary Tyler Moore

  • 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…

  • The Wandavision Set
    The Wandavision Set

    The Wandavision set sounds like a 1950s television, but in this case, we’re looking at the set from the first couple of episodes of Wandavision. As I understand it, the show will move forward in time, and we will see sitcom sets from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s. I don’t know how many UK…

  • Mary Tyler Moore Ads
    Mary Tyler Moore Ads

    Mary Tyler Moore was in a number of hugely succesful sitcoms, so it’s no wonder that she was asked to be the face of a few advertising campaigns over the years. But here’s an early one from 1956, for Hotpoint, long before she appeared on The Dick Van Dyke Show. I always forget how closely…

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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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