Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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The Good-Time News 

Mary and Mr. Grant stand off over her salary and over WJM's new, informal news format -- she's for it, he's not.


Hal Cooper


James L. Brooks (created by), Allan Burns (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Mary Tyler Moore ... Mary Richards
Edward Asner ... Lou Grant
Valerie Harper ... Rhoda Morgenstern
Gavin MacLeod ... Murray Slaughter
Ted Knight ... Ted Baxter
John Amos ... Gordy Howard
Robert Hogan ... Jack Stoneham
Patrick Campbell Patrick Campbell ... Bartender


Mary voices her displeasure to Lou when she finds out that the previous associate producer made $50/week more than she does solely because he was a man, married and had a family to support, despite Mary doing a better job than he ever did. So when Mary disagrees with Lou at a station manager's meeting - Mary agreeing with general manager Jack Stoneham's idea that the news would benefit by a new, more casual and relaxed format - Lou thinks Mary is just saying it to prove she has a mind of her own and is worth $50/week more. Mary takes over running the new format, which includes a new set, new blazers but more importantly co-anchors. Mary sells Lou on the idea that Gordy would make a perfect second anchor, as he is warm, funny and bright, everything that Ted is not. In rehearsals, it becomes evident that Ted is the thankless straight man to Gordy's funny guy, evident to everyone except Ted. When Ted learns what his role is in the pairing, Ted does whatever he can to prove that he too ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

16 September 1972 (USA) See more »

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MTM Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Mary finds Lou in the bar, and Lou has the bartender put on channel 6 (so Mary can see what 'happy-talk'news is like. The (uncredited) voice of the news anchor heard is that of John Barbour, who in the late 70's, was one of a group of hosts for the hybrid news/entertainment series, Real People (1979), which truly was 'happy-talk'. See more »


Gordy Howard: [Mar's 'happy talk' revamping of the 6 O'Clock News is a disaster, as Ted s trying to be funny, and show he has 'personality'] And now, speaking for the management of WJM-TV, Mary Richards. And I'm sure after you see her, you'll understand why I say; 'Mary, I don't know what it is your for, or against, but, whatever it is, I'm with you.
Mary Richards: [Smiling] Thank you, Gordy. We'd like to speak out tonight for population control . Between the years 1932 and 1978, the population of the world will have doubled...
Ted Baxter: [...]
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Mary Flexes Her Muscles
6 February 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Because of stagnant ratings, the station manager calls a meeting. He wants the news to be more entertaining. Lou, the old time news guy is appalled. But Mary agrees with the station manager, partly because she is hurting from the news that her predecessor made fifty dollars a week more because he was a man. Anyway, the decide to do co-anchors. Gordy is to team with Ted. Ted is the straight man, but he doesn't know it. When he finds out he sabotages the news, including Mary's report on population. Actually, some of his comments are pretty darned funny. Things are a disaster and Mary is the fall guy. This is a really funny episode and Ted is at his very best.

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