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'The Dick Van Dyke Show' Turns 50 Today

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 3rd 2011 9:30AM
'The Dick Van Dyke Show'Before he was known as an all-singing, all-dancing chimney sweep or a crime-fighting doctor, Dick Van Dyke was famous for playing comedy writer Rob Petrie on 'The Dick Van Dyke Show.'

The landmark comedy debuted on CBS on Oct. 3 1961, exactly 50 years ago today, and it's been announced that having acquired the broadcast rights, TV Land will mark the anniversary by airing all 159 episodes of the series, premiering tonight.

Deadline reports that the network will run episodes in a three-hour block from 6-9PM ET Monday through Friday, culminating in a marathon over the weekend.

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The 5 Best TVR Clips of the Week: Al Roker Gaffes, Busey Names Babies & More (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted May 14th 2011 12:00PM


It was a great week for TV clips. We watched Al Roker botch the weather, Lady Gaga freak out the 'Idol' contestants she was mentoring, and Regis contemplate joining 'Dancing With the Stars.'

We also finally found out where all those weird celebrity baby names come from, and were treated to a heartwarming reunion between Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke.

Check out the videos after the jump and vote for your favorite in our weekly poll.

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Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke Reunite on 'Rachael Ray' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted May 12th 2011 1:15PM
Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore Reunite on 'Rachael Ray'On 'The Rachael Ray Show' (weekdays, syndicated), Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore reunited on a reproduction of their living room from 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' (weekdays, syndicated).

When asked about the chemistry the two shared on the seminal sitcom as Rob and Laura Petrie, Van Dyke replied, "I loved that the people thought we were really married in real life."

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Who's Your Favorite Female TV Character?

by Michael Wandling, posted Mar 31st 2011 3:15PM
TV WomenBehind almost every great TV show, there's a great woman.

Over the last month we've been celebrating the many wonderful women who have graced our TV sets over the years. Whether they starred in comedies, soaps, dramas, reality shows or brought us the best in talk shows and news, these women have been a vital part of not only the TV landscape, but our lives.

But everybody has his or her own favorites and takes on what makes a TV character superior to another. That's why we want to hear from you. We know not all of you agreed with our choices or the order we put them in, so now's your chance to share your thoughts by voting in the poll below.

With that said, we couldn't help but wonder what it'd be like to gather the ladies who topped our Top 100 Most Memorable Women list for a dinner. The conversations they'd have, the insight these characters could share with one another. Yes, if you couldn't tell, we love TV.

Check out the graphic representation of our TV women dinner along with the poll and links to our various salutes to TV women lists.

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10 Most Stylish Female Characters in TV History

by Maggie Furlong, posted Mar 31st 2011 9:00AM
Mary Tyler MoorePeople watch TV for entertainment, escapism and stories that can keep them tuning in season after season.

But let's face it: for a lot of people, it's also about the sexy celebs in fabulous clothes. When it comes to women on TV, wardrobe may not make the character, but it does make her more interesting. It doesn't matter if the lady never wears the same thing twice or never changes clothes -- we've got both represented here -- it's the style that adds substance.

From hip-hugging chic to hippie chic, eclectic couture and housewives demure, we came up with a definitive list of some of our favorite fashionable ladies in TV history.

Did yours make the cut, or was she out-dressed? Sound off in the comments.

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'Hot in Cleveland' Moment - Elka Gets Mary Tyler Moore as a Cellmate

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 20th 2011 6:40AM
Betty White and Mary Tyler Moore in 'Hot in Cleveland'Season 2 of 'Hot in Cleveland' picks up from where we left things off in the first season: Melanie's cop boyfriend finds out about Elka's late husband's "connections" and arrests her for possessing stolen property. We open up with a scene of Elka in a holding cell, wearing an orange jumpsuit and playing a harmonica, because the show never passes up an opportunity to show sweet Betty White doing or saying something naughty.

Elka's cellmate can't stand her singing 'Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen' anymore and tells her. The cellmate just happens to look a lot like Mary Tyler Moore.

During the opening scene, we find out that MTM is an unnamed fellow mob wife, who remembers Elka from a going-away picnic for someone from the "family." "You bought the ambrosia!" says the cellmate. "And you brought the gabbagool!" said Elka.

Betty White and MTM spewing 'Sopranos' talk is cute, even if MTM overacted all her lines. It's some of the other parts of this scene that keep 'Cleveland' from reaching its potential as a "new classic" sitcom.

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Casting News: Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White to Reunite on 'Hot in Cleveland,' 'NCIS: LA' Adds a Series Regular and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 2nd 2010 11:01AM
Betty White, Mary Tyler MooreEven more TV legends are coming together on season 2 of 'Hot in Cleveland.'

The TV Land sitcom is hosting a 'Mary Tyler Moore Show' reunion and pairing Moore with her former costar Betty White once again. According to Deadline Hollywood, Moore will appear in the Jan. 19 season 2 premiere of 'Hot in Cleveland.'

Details on her character are scarce, but Deadline reports Moore's character may have something to do with the storyline that saw White's character, Elka, get arrested at the end of season 1.

In other casting news ...

Christine Adams has joined the cast of 'Terra Nova.' Adams, who can currently be seen on ABC's 'The Whole Truth,' will play Mira, a resident of Terra Nova who gets to know the Shannon family. [Entertainment Weekly]

Camille Sullivan has been tapped for ABC's 'Rookie Blue.' Sullivan, a veteran of Canadian dramas, will play Detective Jo Rosati during the second season of the summer series. [Hollywood Reporter]

'NCIS: LA' has promoted Renee Felice Smith to series regular. Smith joined the cast in a recurring capacity earlier this season as Nell Jones, an intelligence analyst. [TV Guide]

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'Mary Tyler Moore Show' Cast: Where Are They Now?

by AOL TV Staff, posted Sep 19th 2010 9:00AM
Mary Tyler MooreIt's been 40 years since plucky career girl Mary Richards last tossed her hat in the air on that Minneapolis sidewalk after 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show's' seven-year run (1970-'77).

To celebrate 'MTM's' 40th anniversary, take a look at where the cast has been since the lights went off in the newsroom. Did they really make it after all?

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Seven Satisfying Series Send-Offs

by Brad Trechak, posted May 27th 2010 9:24AM
The FugitiveWith the series finales of 'Lost' and '24' all wrapped up, it got me thinking about previous cult (but not necessarily popular) shows that actually wrapped things up nicely and left relatively few unanswered questions (unlike 'Lost,' whose encyclopedia-sized list of unanswered questions can be found here). The first person that complains about spoilers for these long-gone series will be whipped with a wet noodle.

1. 'The Fugitive' - This series finale set records for television viewing until it was revealed who shot J.R. in 1980. It also did something unprecedented in 1967; it actually resolved the running storyline of the show by having Richard Kimble catch the one-armed man, even going so far as to using callbacks to previous episodes. In the end, Richard Kimble and Phillip Gerard shook hands after Kimble was declared a free man, giving everyone the happy ending they wanted.

2. 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' - A brilliant and poignant ending in which the entire staff of WJM-TV is fired except for the disliked Ted Baxter (played fantastically by Ted Knight). It ended with a group hug. Who doesn't love a group hug? More importantly, it had the sense of optimism for the future despite current hardships that was prevalent in Mary's character.

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This is the Weirdest Mary Tyler Moore Thing You'll Ever See

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 17th 2010 12:33PM
Even people who have a great memory for TV won't remember this. It's a special from 1976 called 'Mary's Incredible Dream.' It was a...well, bizarre experimental variety show starring Mary Tyler Moore where she dreams and...well, you just have to watch it, and thanks to the web you can! Here's the first part, and Jamie Weinman has the rest at his great blog.

This was only a one-time special (thankfully). Moore went on to do another variety show, 'Mary,' which had people like David Letterman and Michael Keaton in the cast but it only lasted a season.

[via Pop Candy]

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What's Hot on SlashControl: Mary Tyler Moore and the Teddy Awards

by Jane Boursaw, posted Dec 5th 2009 8:04PM
One of my favorite episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show is "Put On a Happy Face" from season three. It's the one where Mary is nominated for a Teddy Award, but everything in her life suddenly starts going wrong. It starts with a "hair bump," then moves on to a sprained foot, a nasty cold, a dress that comes back from the cleaners with a horrible purple spot on it, a broken hairdryer, and Ted as a date for the awards ceremony.

So Mary ends up going to the event with a dress borrowed from Rhoda that looks like something a grandmother (back then) might wear. It starts raining so the slipper she's wearing on her sore foot gets soggy, and then her false eyelash comes off just as they announce her name as the winner. Seriously, Mary still looks pretty fantastic even when her life goes to heck.

There aren't many shows that can make you laugh out loud even when you're watching them by yourself. The Mary Tyler Moore Show is definitely one of a kind. Here's the episode, straight from our sister site, SlashControl.

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The Mary Tyler Moore Show - One of the best in TV history

by Jane Boursaw, posted Oct 8th 2009 6:12PM
As Bob mentioned in his DVD post this week, The Mary Tyler Moore Show: The Complete Fifth Season was released in a 3-disc set on Tuesday. I have fond memories of watching this show as a kid, and the clips after the jump confirm once again that it featured one of the best casts in TV history.

Not only was each actor perfect for their role, but their timing and delivery of lines was second to none. I also love all of the 1970s-era props, clothes and decor, because of course, the show was made in the 1970s.

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Mary Tyler Moore Interview for Best of the '70s TV

by Kim Potts, posted Jun 22nd 2009 6:01AM
Mary Tyler MooreShe won an Emmy as capri-pants-sporting '60s housewife Laura Petrie on 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' and earned an Oscar nod for her dramatic turn as an embittered mother in 'Ordinary People,' but for most fans, Mary Tyler Moore will always be Mary Richards, the WJM-TV employee who could turn the world on with her smile on 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show.'

As the seminal workplace comedy tops AOL TV's list of the best shows of the 1970s, the 72-year-old Moore, who won four Emmys for her 'MTM Show' performance, tells us which are her favorite episodes, why 'MTM' almost didn't make it to air, the current shows she'd like to guest-star on ... and what inspired her to attack a man with her fists.

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Today In Boob Tube History: the last episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 1st 2009 5:28PM
The last episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show aired on June 1, 1966. It was an actual ending to the show too (with clips!), as Alan Brady decided to create and star in a TV show of the autobiography that Rob Petrie was writing since the start of the show. Alas, that episode isn't available online, so here's one of the best episodes of the show, and one of the best sitcom episodes of all-time, period (in my opinion).

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Christine's adventure includes nod to Seinfeld

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 13th 2009 9:02AM
SeinfeldThe New Adventures of Old Christine is one of my favorite sitcoms and last night's episode included what I saw as a tribute to TV icons Lucille Ball and Mary Tyler Moore, as well as Seinfeld. Yes, Julia Louis-Dreyfus had a true Elaine moment that was not only hilarious, but a real wink to her Seinfeld fans.

The CBS sitcom came up with a doozy of a situation, although it felt familiar to me, which I'll explain why in a moment. Christine was determined to prove that she was not afraid of living alone and wound up locked out of her house. She climbed back in through a bathroom window and got her foot stuck in the toilet bowl!

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