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2 items from 2015


TV Review: ‘Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration’

12 October 2015 7:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

As with most of PBS’ “Pioneers of Television” specials, “Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration” is a warm, nostalgic trip down memory lane tempered by minimal perspective and sins of omission. Fun to watch if only for the abundant clips, it’s a once-over-lightly approach to TV history, paying tribute to its subjects in a manner that doesn’t allow much room for anything that might detour from lionizing them. Timed to the 45th anniversary of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” the one-hour project is breezy and watchable, but comes closer to an evening at the Paley Center than a true documentary.

Defined by its well-chosen highlights, this “Celebration” dutifully works through Moore’s early roles before her discovery by Carl Reiner to play Laura in “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” That includes the familiar but still funny story about how Reiner grabbed her by the head, mid-audition, and walked »

- Brian Lowry

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TV Review: ‘Public Morals’

21 August 2015 7:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

At first glance, “Public Morals” looks like another well-worn period crime drama — a vanity project from writer-producer-director-star Edward Burns, where too many tough-talking characters sound as if they’re impersonating the late Sheldon Leonard. Stick with it past the premiere, however, and the show becomes increasingly rich and watchable through four previewed episodes, thanks to a splendid guest/supporting cast and growing tension surrounding an unsolved murder. TNT stumbled in this genre previously with the poorly executed “Mob City,” and the vice-squad-in-the-1960s theme is a trifle “Crime Story” Lite. Still, on a fundamental level, policing private transgressions makes “Public Morals” pretty good.

Burns’ Terry Muldoon oversees the NYPD’s Public Morals Division, which is responsible for curbing ostensibly victimless vices like prostitution and gambling. Not surprisingly, Muldoon and his men operate under a certain code, which is to say they occasionally look the other way or take a little »

- Brian Lowry

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