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A Debt of Gratitude: Mary Tyler Moore built the foundation of modern television

 

The day Mary Tyler Moore died, I was sitting in a television studio in the appropriately named Studio City California watching a taping of a CBS sitcom.

Wandering around the studio I came across a plaque on the wall; eerily this very studio was built by Mary Tyler Moore and the show named after her was filmed there. She was not a creation of television, she was one of the creators of modern television as we know it. Without her vision and business savvy as a producer, modern comedy and modern culture would be missing its foundation.

Mary Tyler _ Ken Reid

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Her later shows, like The Mary Tyler Moore Hour, a proto-Larry Sanders style show about a variety show and the behind the scenes antics, introduced America to David Letterman and Michael Keaton for the first time.

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