Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted

Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted

And All the Brilliant Minds Who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show A Classic

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The behind-the-scenes story of the making of the classic television series offers insight into how the influential show reflected changing American perspectives and was a first situation comedy to employ numerous women as writers and producers. TV tie-in.

Simon and Schuster
"Jennifer Keishin Armstrong's deft weave of social history and sharp entertainment reporting explains how [The Mary Tyler Moore Show] made the world safe for Lena Dunham" (Peter Biskind, author of Easy Riders, Raging Bulls)—the making of a classic and groundbreaking TV show, as experienced by its producers, writers, and cast.

When writer-producers James L. Brooks and Allan Burns dreamed up an edgy show about a divorced woman with a career, the CBS executives they pitched replied: “American audiences won’t tolerate divorce in a series’ lead any more than they will tolerate Jews, people with mustaches, and people who live in New York.”

Forty years later, The Mary Tyler Moore Show is one of the most beloved and recognizable television shows of all time. It was an inspiration to a generation of women who wanted to have it all in an era when everything seemed possible.

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted tells the stories behind the making of this popular classic, introducing the groundbreaking female writers who lent real-life stories to their TV scripts; the men who created the indelible characters; the lone woman network executive who cast the legendary ensemble—and advocated for this provocative show—and the colorful cast of actors who made it all work. James L. Brooks, Grant Tinker, Allan Burns, Valerie Harper, Cloris Leachman, Betty White, Gavin MacLeod, Ed Asner, Ted Knight, Georgia Engel—they all came together to make a show that changed women’s lives and television itself. Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted is the tale of how they did it.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781451659238
1451659237
9781451659207
1451659202
Branch Call Number: 791.4572 M369Z, Ar57m
Characteristics: x, 324 pages : illustrations (some colored) ; 24 cm

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reader_007
Feb 06, 2017

I read this book to the bitter end; I thought it was a bit "fawning" over the actors, the writers, the producers, and everyone else involved in the show. I gave a big sigh of relief at the end. I would agree that one should not spend a great deal of time on this book. There's little reward, though I did enjoy some of the anecdotal stories.

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bluehydrangea
Mar 28, 2014

Some parts of this rather long book were really enjoyable and revealing. It's mired in detail though, and there's a slimmer, more readable story in here that could have been a classic - with a really good edit. So many strands and personnel that I had to resist a strong urge to give up reading, several times along the way! Probably the only reason I didn't (give up) was the strong start, about the early years of the show. My advice: read the beginning and skip through the rest.

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