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Barry Levinson urges TV to take back Saturday night

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 28th 2009 10:00AM
Barry_Levinson_PBSFor the longest time, I've kvetched about the fact that the television industry has stopped programming for Saturday night. For years, Saturday was a great night of television. I remember M*A*S*H and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, not to mention guilty pleasures like The Facts of Life and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. Even NBC's thrillogy, The Pretender and Profiler were fun. All those shows were Saturday night hits (some bigger than others).

Well, I'm not alone in missing Saturday TV; Oscar-winner Barry Levinson feels the same. Levinson is also a TV producer -- he did Homicide: Life on the Street and The Philanthropist -- and he thinks the networks are making a big mistake by not seizing on Saturday primetime. He knows the business pretty well and he's confused by the networks' strategy.

"I don't think the answer is to retreat," he told the New York Daily News. "When you give up Saturday night, you open the door for people to go somewhere else. Basically, they're shrinking their own audience."

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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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Life After 'Lost,' 'Snakes on a Cane' & More Fun Finds

by AOL TV Staff, posted Aug 29th 2009 12:00PM
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Does dying on 'Lost' really mean the end of your acting career? Tell that to 'FlashForward''s Dominic Monaghan [TV.com]

Have you had it with all these 'Snakes on a Cane' ads? Find out which show is behind the campaign [Live Feed]

Who are the most dangerous celebs on the web? Click to find out ... if you dare [PopWatch]

The '80s is making a comeback -- but not everybody is there yet. See this list of '80s TV stars in need of a second chance [TWOP]

Jon Gosselin is on the job hunt. Check out 10 ways he can actually put his idea to work [PopEater]

Having trouble figuring out who's on this season of 'Dancing With the Stars'? Read their "official" bios [Cracked]

In honor of the late Ted Kennedy, watch his last TV role on 'Chicago Hope' [The Wrap]

'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' is gonna make it after all -- on stage [Decider.com]

Three months later, where did 'The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien' go wrong? [Washington Post]

'thirtysomething' is (finally!) on DVD. Take a look back the Emmy-winning series [NY Times]

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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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Best '70s TV Shows

by Kim Potts, posted Jun 22nd 2009 6:00AM
MASHIn AOL TV's continuing countdown of the best TV shows of each decade, we're back to break down the 1970s, a decade when the cop dramas were less gritty, the families were close-knit and the sitcoms were sprinkled with serious social commentary.

Our list of the best shows of the '70s features many of the best shows of all time (here's looking at you, 'Mary Tyler Moore Show,' 'M*A*S*H' and 'Taxi'). Take a gander and let us know if you agree.

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What's the best episode of all-time?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 12th 2009 3:32PM
Seinfeld
I don't mean of one particular show, I'm talking about the best episode of any TV series? Not an easy thing to do. Just think of how many shows and how many episodes we've had in 60+ years. The new issue of TV Guide is out, and while the full list of the 100 best episodes isn't online yet (here are #'s 100-81), we do know some episodes in the top ten (TV Guide did a similar issue back in 1997).

The number one ep? "The Contest" from Seinfeld. "Chuckles Bites The Dust" from The Mary Tyler Moore Show and "Opie The Birdman" from The Andy Griffith Show are up there too, as is the pilot episode of Lost and the "College" episode of The Sopranos. What's the first episode that comes to mind when you think of great TV?

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The Ultimate Series Finale Quiz

by AOL TV Staff, posted Apr 28th 2009 6:00PM
Series Finale Quiz Mary Tyler Moore ShowCan you remember how it all ended? ...

With finale season underway, we're taking a look back at some of television's best show-stopping moments.

Can you remember Hunnicut's final message to Hawkeye on 'M*A*S*H'? Or what happened to the 'Seinfeld' gang?

Test your knowledge with our end-all series finale quiz.


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Nine memorable TV shows about TV - VIDEO

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 18th 2009 10:06AM
The Mary Tyler Moore Show

The success of Slumdog Millionaire and Frost/Nixon recently inspired me to assess the ten best movies about television. TV has been a fertile source of entertainment for filmmakers. The TV turf is also a popular setting for TV shows, and there have been some all-time great shows about the tube. Here are nine that I think warrant special recognition -- in no special order.

1. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
It all started at WJM-TV in Minneapolis. The Mary Tyler Moore Show was the perfect sitcom blend of home and work, and work happened to be the local TV news team. As Mary Richards, the associate producer, Mary Tyler Moore was the single girl America loved because she was real, funny, gorgeous and lovable. At work, the news was mangled nightly by Ted Baxter, the quintessential news reader anchorman who loved every dulcet tone of his voice and had no idea what he was reporting. In perfect irony, when the show came to an end, most everyone at WJM -- Lou Grant, Murray Slaughter, Sue Anne Nivens, Mary -- were fired. Only Ted was spared!

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AmericanLife: It's swell

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jun 9th 2008 10:40AM
Richard BasehartWhile channel-surfing on my little office TV last week around 1 a.m., looking for something to keep me company, I stumbled across an episode of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (star Richard Basehart, pictured), followed by Combat!.

"What is this channel that plays all these old shows I remember as a kid?" I asked the TV Gods.

"It's AmericanLife," they replied. "They feature classic family shows aimed at Baby Boomers -- shows like Remington Steele, The Courtship of Eddie's Father, Lost in Space, and Welcome Back, Kotter."

Ok, the TV Gods didn't really say that. I looked it up on the AmericanLife Web site, not to be confused with Showtime's This American Life, the fab documentary series hosted by Ira Glass.

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Retro Squad returns, new and improved

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jun 6th 2008 10:01AM
retro squad logoThe "big" shows are over, and now the typically low-key summer TV schedule begins. Oh sure, there are some real gems in there that are still airing or will start soon, but overall the excitement is nothing like the September-through-May period. Maybe people are ... gasp ... going outside to enjoy the sun?

It's been two years since we first delved into the world of Retro Squad, so we're back now with what we believe is a better format. Rather than pick a few shows and only review one season from each throughout the summer, we're doing theme/show weeks. These weeks will not only have standout episode reviews from any past season, but we'll have themed lists, Vs., interviews and videos. There are only so many weeks in the summer, so we can't cover all of your favorites, but I think there's something for just about everyone here. Check out the schedule below, after the jump.

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Ten super sitcom sidekicks

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 4th 2008 11:04AM
tenAOL Television has compiled a list of the 50 Best TV Comedies -- Ever, this week revealing numbers 50-41. Inspired by what they did, I've decided to list my favorite sitcom sidekicks, those funny foils that oftentimes make the star shine even brighter than you might have thought. Coming up with just a ten-pack hasn't been so easy. Many times, I'd look at a show and think, "No, it's more of an ensemble. There isn't one sidekick." Falling into that category were B.J. and Trapper John on M*A*S*H. Neither were Hawkeye's sidekick, really (any more than Radar was). Same thing with Friends -- they were all each other's sidekicks. Also, on The Odd Couple, Oscar and Felix were equal; neither was a sidekick. Ditto Two and a Half Men and Laverne & Shirley. Also, because it's my list, I decided not to include married couples -- sorry Rob and Laura, Ricky and Lucy, Archie and Edith.

Whew, after all that, here, in alphabetical order, are the ten I love -- within my own parameters! Feel free to comment with your choices, if your favorite isn't on my list.

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What's On Tonight: Kyle XY, Saving Grace, Weeds, Californication

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 3rd 2007 5:05PM
  • SpongeBobAt 7, USA has coverage of the U.S. Open (CNBC takes over at 9 except on the west coast).
  • At 8, ABC Family has a new Kyle XY, then new episodes of Greek and Slacker Cats.
  • Lots of classic shows on American Life starting at 8: 77 Sunset Strip, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Newhart, WKRP, and The Bob Newhart Show.
  • Also at 8: Nickelodeon has a new SpongeBob SquarePants.
  • At 9, ABC has a new Fat March.
  • There's a new episode of The Closer on TNT at 9, followed by a new Saving Grace.
  • USA has a new Monday Night RAW at 9.
  • Food Network has a new Unwrapped at 9.
  • At 10, NBC has a new Dateline.
  • TBS has a new My Boys at 10.
  • MTV has a new ep of The Hills at 10.
  • VH-1 has a new Pick Up Artist at 10.
  • The Travel Channel has a new Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations at 10.
  • There's a new Weeds on Showtime at 10, then a new Californication.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Betty White loves the animals

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Feb 21st 2006 1:22PM

Betty White, Ambassador to the AnimalsBetty White, the actress best known for her roles in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls, and for being confused with the little old lady who raps in The Wedding Singer was honored yesterday by the Los Angeles Zoo. White, who has served on numerous zoo association and foundation boards, will have a plaque hung in her honor next to the L.A. zoo's gorilla exhibit.

Her new official title is "Ambassador to the Animals,' but I'd like to see what the precise job description of that position is... sounds like fun. The ceremony was attended by numerous dignitaries including the mayor of Los Angeles. White is currently in her eighth year as a zoo commissioner and plans to continue to "love the animals."

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