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By Joanne Cavanaugh Simpson | February 4, 2013
This is the story of a can-do, adorkable girl-in-the-city and her wacky entourage of colleagues who spoof the vagaries of a media conglomerate - and joust with their lovable anti-hero boss - to make comedy and some sense of the world. Could be the tagline of 30 Rock. Could also be a tagline for the '70s Mary Tyler Moore Show. And so, as 30 Rock winds down its seven seasons with the show's finale Thursday on NBC, I've been thinking about these comedy classics' quirky parallels.
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By Joanne Cavanaugh Simpson | February 4, 2013
This is the story of a can-do, adorkable girl-in-the-city and her wacky entourage of colleagues who spoof the vagaries of a media conglomerate - and joust with their lovable anti-hero boss - to make comedy and some sense of the world. Could be the tagline of 30 Rock. Could also be a tagline for the '70s Mary Tyler Moore Show. And so, as 30 Rock winds down its seven seasons with the show's finale Thursday on NBC, I've been thinking about these comedy classics' quirky parallels.
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September 14, 2008
GEORGE PUTNAM, 94 Broadcast pioneer George Putnam, the flamboyant broadcasting pioneer whose bombastic style made him one of the nation's highest-paid TV news anchors and one of its most widely lampooned, died Friday of heart failure. Putnam, one of the inspirations for The Mary Tyler Moore Show's Ted Baxter character, died at a hospital near his ranch in Chino, Calif., said Chuck Wilder, longtime producer of his syndicated radio program, George Putnam's Talk Back. Although he had been absent from television for decades, Putnam continued to do his radio show, a mix of opinion, interviews and phone calls, until just a few months ago when his health began to fail.
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By Steve McKerrow | May 9, 1991
On The Weekend Watch:A FAMILIAR VOICE -- One of the clever reasons for the success of "The Simpsons" is the use of well-known actors to give voice to the cartoon characters. And tonight's scheduled edition (at 8, Channel 45), brings an interesting return. The voice of Bart's elderly neighbor is that of Cloris Leachman, last seen on the tube in the 1989-90 season (as in photo below) with Harvey Korman in Mel Brooks' unfortunately underappreciated "Nutt House." Leachman, of course, was Phyllis Lyndstrom on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and then continued the character in her own spin-off, "Phyllis."
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By Michael HIll | February 15, 1991
LAST WEEKEND it was Lucy and Ricky. This weekend, it's Archie Bunker, Ed Sullivan and Mary Richards. No wonder they used to call CBS the Tiffany's of the networks.Unable to generate many destined-to-be-classic shows these days -- "Murphy Brown," maybe "Designing Women," but can you really see "Murder, She Wrote" getting enough votes for the Hall of Fame? -- CBS is dipping into its impressive past in search of viewers.Two are 20th anniversary specials, marking two decades since a pair of CBS' best comedies went on the air. Tomorrow night at 8 o'clock, it's 90 minutes of "All in the Family."
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Reporter | January 4, 2008
In the year-end issue of Entertainment Weekly, critic Ken Tucker griped about DVD collections of sitcoms well past their prime - or, as he put it, "Surely there weren't that many completists clamoring for" the fifth season of Wings on DVD. Granted, the man has a point; here's betting my 10th season of even Frasier, as great a show as that was, will never get opened. But what about classic sitcoms not yet available in all their glory? I, for one (and I can't believe I'm the only one), have been waiting for the fifth season of The Mary Tyler Moore Show ever since Season 4 was released in June 2006.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | May 16, 1992
CBS will try out six new series this summer -- two comedies and four dramas, the network has announced.The sitcoms first."Cutters" stars Dakin Matthews and Robert Hays as a father-son barbering team forced to merge with a hip beauty salon. A production of Allan Burns ("The Mary Tyler Moore Show") and Burt Metcalf ("M.A.S.H."), "Cutters" will launch in early June for five episodes."Grapevine," the brainchild of David Frankel ("Doctor, Doctor"), stars Jonathan Penner, Lynn Clark and Steven Eckholdt as Miami friends who "take an intimate, 'fly on the wall' look at relationships and go on to tell us all the dirt."
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By Jordan Bartel | June 27, 2013
We're a bit biased, but the staff at EW are clearly geniuses.  In the magazine's latest issue, out Friday, the writers and editors have named Baltimore-set social tapestry "The Wire" as the No. 1 TV show. Of all time. Here's what they had to say: "The most sustained narrative in television history, The Wire used the drug trade in Baltimore, heavily researched by creator David Simon, to tell tales of race and class with unprecedented complexity. Politics, the war on drugs, labor unions, public education, the media - these were among the big themes, all examined through exquisitely drawn characters, such as the brilliant yet broken detective Jimmy McNulty (Dominic West)
NEWS
September 2, 1993
A FAMILIAR face, but one not often seen anymore, popped up recently on a rerun of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" on cable TV's Nick at Nite.In this episode from about 1974, the fellow with the familiar face had a short scene with only a few lines. But when he made his unexpected appearance in the WJM newsroom, the surprised studio audience let out a robust round of applause that lasted some 15 to 20 seconds.Was this visitor a famous movie or TV actor? A beloved sports idol? A renowned public official?
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | March 31, 1996
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It's getting to the point where you can't have a big sporting event without Joan Jett.Jett, the Rockville, Md., native whose remake of the theme song to the "Mary Tyler Moore Show," has become the anthem for ESPN's coverage of the women's Final Four, flew in Friday to take in the event.Since ESPN began playing the Jett promo last month to drum up interest in its coverage of the tournament, radio stations in New York have been playing an extended version of the song, and it will be released Wednesday as a single.
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By Marla Matzer and Marla Matzer,Knight Ridder/Tribune | April 11, 1999
"Brave Dames and Wimpettes," by Susan Isaacs. Ballantine Books. 112 pages. $8.95.Women as doctors. Women as lawyers. TV and movies are doing a good job of depicting strong, accomplished women, right?Not really, according to Susan Isaacs. The best-selling author of "Compromising Positions" and "Almost Paradise" has written the very readable "Brave Dames and Wimpettes" for Ballantine's Library of Contemporary Thought. The book examines, as its subtitle states, "What Women Are Really Doing on Page and Screen."
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