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Mary Tyler Moore (TV Series 1970–1977) Poster

(1970–1977)

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Producers wanted "someone like Betty White" to play Sue-Anne Nivens. Eventually, someone asked "Why not cast Betty White?"
The show was originally about a divorced woman. Divorce was still a hot subject in 1970, so it changed to a broken engagement. The network was afraid people would think that Mary Tyler Moore had divorced Rob Petrie, her character's husband on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961).
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According to a 2013 interview with Valerie Harper and Cloris Leachman on the TV show "The Doctors," this show was the first (scripted) show in TV history ever to use the word "gay" to refer to homosexuality (in the season three episode "My Brother's Keeper") when Rhoda tells Phyllis that Phyllis's brother is gay.
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When the famous opening credit sequence was reworked for Season 3-4, the Mary crew was being followed by a news team for the talk show program "Moore on Sunday". Both the news crew and the police officer escorting the Mary team were pressed into service for one of the clips (when the Mary Richards character has to duck to avoid being caught on film as the "news" cameraman swings his camera around in the direction the officer points).
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In the opening credits, the two joggers who pass Mary in the park are producers James L. Brooks and Allan Burns. The gray-haired man Mary has lunch with and is later takes an evening walk with is Mary Tyler Moore's then-husband Grant Tinker, president and co-founder of MTM. The woman who scowls at Mary as she tosses her hat is local resident Hazel Frederick.
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Often, during particularly uproarious episodes, you can hear producer James L. Brooks laughing from the studio audience. He has a very distinct and drawn out "hahhh hahhh hahh" guffaw.
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Voted #11 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.
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The first stanza of the theme song was rewritten after the first season.
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This program has the most Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series - 5.
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A three-minute mini-pilot, titled "Love is All Around," was produced for CBS Network executives in an attempt to sell them on the casting of Edward Asner as Lou Grant.
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Gavin MacLeod first auditioned for the part of Lou Grant. Edward Asner gave a terrible reading at his first audition and insisted on a second chance.
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W.J.M. stands for "Wild" Jack Monroe. He was the station owner.
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Betty White was originally only to appear in one episode as Sue Ann Nevins, however, she was promoted to series regular.
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Mary's house, which appears in the opening credits, is still standing in Minneapolis, Minnesota - the city in which the show takes place.
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In reality the kitten in the MTM logo is yawning. Since the cameraman couldn't get a usable shot of the cat actually meowing, the footage was used and a meow dubbed in.
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Series was filmed on Stage 2 at CBS Studio City
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The name for the local broadcasting awards on the show were the Teddies, the Television Editors award.
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Moore wore a wig for the first season of the show, to make her look less like Laura Petrie, her character on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961). When the wig was discarded, the change in her hairstyle, including her much lighter hair color, was never commented on in the show itself.
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Jack Cassidy was offered the role of Ted Baxter. He turned it down because he didn't want to be in the supporting cast of a female-led show. Cassidy later guest starred as Ted's brother.
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The fictional address of the Victorian apartment building where Mary, Rhoda and Phyllis live is 119 North Weatherly.
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The photo of Edward Asner playing football on Lou Grant's office wall is the same photo that was used in an episode of The Fugitive (1963) ('Three Cheers for Little Boy Blue') in which Asner guest starred.
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Following the conclusion of the series, Edward Asner continued to play Lou Grant in a long-running dramatic series of the same name.
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Murray was the only member of the WJM news staff who never won a Teddy. Coincidentally, Gavin MacLeod, who played Murray, was the only regular cast member to never be nominated for an Emmy.
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Mary's home telephone number is identified as 555-2312 by Ted in an episode during season four.
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In the opening credits, the shot of Mary Tyler Moore throwing her hat into the air was shot at the corner of 7th Street and Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis. The buildings in the background were destroyed November 25, 1982, by a fire that took out a city block. Many scenes in the opening credits, including riding an escalator and window shopping, were shot within a one-block radius of the spot. In May 2002, TV Land erected a statue of her at that spot, facing the opposite direction.
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The kitten that meows at the end of the closing credits is a parody of the roaring lion that appears at the beginning of MGM films. The kitten, Mimsey, was adopted from a local shelter.
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Anne Meara and Reva Rose auditioned for the role of Rhoda Morgenstern.
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This was not the first joint venture for Mary Tyler Moore and Edward Asner. Both had previously co-starred in Change of Habit (1969) with Elvis Presley.
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Dr. Lars Lindstrom, Phyllis's never-seen husband, was a member of the Society of Concerned And Responsible Dermatologists, or SCARD (pronounced "scarred").
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Richard Schall, who played Howard and Paul Arnell, one of Mary's love interests on several episodes, was married to Valerie Harper in real life.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

After leaving the WJM news staff, Gordy the weatherman became a successful talk show host.
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