Mary Tyler Moore made her name as Dick Van Dyke's wife on the eponymous show; she was a cute, unassuming housewife that audiences loved. But when screenwriters James Brooks and Allan Burnes dreamed up an edgy show about a divorced woman with a career, network executives replied: "Americans won't watch television about New York City, divorcees, men with mustaches, or Jews." But Moore and her team were committed, and when the show finally aired, in spite of tepid reviews, fans loved it.
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong introduces listeners to the show's creators; its principled producer, Grant Tinker; and the writers and actors who attracted millions of viewers. As the first situation comedy to employ numerous women as writers and producers, The Mary Tyler Moore Show became a guiding light for women in the 1970s. The show also became the centerpiece of one of greatest evenings of comedy in television history, and Jennifer Keishin Armstrong describes how the television industry evolved during these golden years.
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by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
by Jennifer Armstrong
by Kelley Armstrong
"This dry historical portrait of Mary Tyler Moore's excellent TV series does not "make it after all." Both the writing and narration lack a thimbleful of the whimsy, finesse, and good humor of the series and those who created it. Amy Landon's unappealing narration doesn't help the situation with its poor phrasing and noticeable mispronunciations. The actual topic at hand seems to be the television series as both a driver and a reflector of social change relative to feminism. The writing and reading are pedestrian; any book with this title should have a strong element of celebration and comedy. It's hard to say whether this production sounds more like ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY or a doctoral thesis. MTM fans will be disappointed. W.A.G. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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