Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And All the Brilliant Minds Who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic by Jennifer Keishin ArmstrongThe story of the making of a classic and groundbreaking TV show, as experienced by its producers, writers, and cast.
Mary Tyler Moore made her name as Dick Van Dyke’s wife on the eponymous show, a cute, unassuming housewife that audiences loved. But when her writer/producers 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 Armstrong introduces readers 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 Armstrong describes how the television industry evolved during these golden years.
Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted
When writer-producers James L. It was an inspiration to a generation of women who wanted to have it all in an era when everything seemed possible. James L. Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted is the tale of how they did it. Get a FREE e-book by joining our mailing list today!
Skip to main content. Jennifer Armstrong. Something went wrong. Please try your request again later. Jennifer Keishin Armstrong grew up in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, where she spent most of her time putting on shows in her parents' garage, studying TV Guide, devouring Sweet Valley High books, and memorizing every note of every George Michael song.
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And all the Brilliant Minds Who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic
For more information on Armstrong, please visit: jenniferkarmstrong. Here, she shares some backstage knowledge about these storied LA denizens. Brown, an advertising copywriter, loved the show, which was now in its third season, and she desperately wanted to make the jump to sitcom writing. She put together a package of her best material, along with a spec script for the show, which the dentist agreed to pass onto Brooks. She showed up time after time, until finally Brooks read her script and gave her the verdict: it was awful. But, he added, she had a good ear for dialogue, so he gave her scripts to study.