Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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We Closed in Minneapolis 

Frustrated playwright Murray has his play accepted by the Twin Cities Playhouse, and Ted and Mary join the cast.



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A large package has arrived in the mail for Murray from a theater company. He expects it is the latest in a long line of rejection notices for his play, which is a comedy about life in a television newsroom and which took him three years to write. He is thus pleasantly surprised to find that it is an acceptance letter. His excitement is tempered when he finds out that it is from the Twin Cities Playhouse - a local company he didn't submit the play to - where Ted, who is the one that submitted it to them, is the resident leading man. Murray is even more horrified when he learns that Ted has invited a local theater critic to review the production, which Murray expects will be ruined solely because of Ted in the leading role. Mary, on the other hand, auditions for the production for the role of the perky and cute associate producer character named Mary, which she gets. After the opening night performance, will Murray, Ted or Mary have a new future in the theater? Murray's feelings about ... Written by Huggo

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30 January 1971 (USA)  »

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Murray's Move Into Drama/Ted's Removal From It
1 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a good one. Murray Slaughter, the head writer of the news, has been working for three years on a play, but he has been getting rejection notices. He has been shooting pretty high. One day he is notified that his play will be performed if he provides permission. It turns out that Ted Baxter sent it in to a small theater. Of course, he will be playing the lead. It is a disaster. What Ted called ad-libbing was leaving the stage and looking up his lines from the script. The cast knows what's coming when Mary hosts a cast party and waits for Lou to get a review. Ted is so in love with himself he feels he surpassed Olivier. There is a lot of funny byplay with Murray and Ted, Ted being utterly clueless.

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