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And then there's Maude...in the TV Hall of Fame

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 4th 2008 8:02AM
MaudeYou mean Bea Arthur wasn't already in the TV Academy Hall of Fame before today? Well, actually, that was Bea's choice. In a very Maude-like way, she had turned them down. "I said, `So sorry, very nice of you, but I can't possibly accept. There are so many talented people in the business,'" Arthur recalled.

However, she's had a chance to think it over and when asked again, she agreed to become a Hall of Famer, just like Lucille Ball, Johnny Carson and Bill Cosby.

As I wrote previously, the TV Academy Hall of Fame will expand to include Bea Arthur, Merv Griffin, Larry Gelbart (M*A*S*H), Sherwood Schwartz (Gilligan's Island, The Brady Bunch), and ABC executives Thomas Murphy and Daniel B. Burke. On December 9 in Beverly Hills, the awards will be presented.

Bea really does belong in the Hall; she had two Emmy-winning series, Maude and The Golden Girls, and she is a TV icon. Without Maude, there would have never been a Roseanne or an Old Christine, not to mention Cagney & Lacey. Arthur then proved how terrific a comic actress she is by becoming just as popular as Dorothy on GG. She deserves the recognition.

And so does the late Merv Griffin. His syndicated talk show was the model for Rosie O'Donnell and Ellen's daytime shows, and he invented the best game show ever on TV, Jeopardy (go ahead, prove me wrong!). He even created that other one, Wheel of Fortune, which is still spinning and spinning and spinning.

If Larry Gelbart had only written M*A*S*H, he'd belong in the Hall, but he also wrote the award-winning Barbarians At the Gate, a terrific HBO movie with James Garner, and the movie Tootsie, which was the most accurate depiction of TV soap operas ever put on the big screen.

What can you say about Sherwood Schwartz except that while Gilligan and the Bradys were never Emmy-worthy ventures, they stand out as historic TV entertainment and cultural phenoms. Seriously. He even wrote the theme songs for those shows, so the guy was multi-talented. If this were the baseball Hall of Fame, Sherwood would be voted in by the veteran's committee.

All in all, this is a very worthy batch of HOF-ers.

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This is wonderful news! I am very happy for her!!!

December 04 2008 at 8:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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