TV Trivia: The Mary Tyler Moore Show
A1. What was the name of the hour-long television show that Edward Asner starred in after The Mary Tyler Moore Show went off the air on this day (March 19) in 1977?
A2. Which of the original cast members of The Mary Tyler Moore Show also starred in the 1980 movie Caddyshack?
From 1970 to 1977, The Mary Tyler Moore Show aired on CBS and kept the baby boomer generation laughing at the television newsroom antics of Mary Richards (Mary Tyler Moore), Lou Grant (Edward Asner), Ted Baxter (Ted Knight), and Murray Slaughter (Gavin MacLeod). Incoming new characters Georgette (Georgia Engel, 1972-1977) and Sue Ann Nivens (Betty White, 1973-1977) took up the slack when best friend Rhoda Morganstern (Valerie Harper) left the show in 1974 to star in a spin-off (Rhoda), followed by landlady Phyllis Lindstrom (Cloris Leachman) to star in a 2nd spin-off (Phyllis), in 1975.
From the last episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, the cast members gather: From left: Betty White, Gavin MacLeod, Edward Asner, Georgia Engels, Ted Knight, and Mary Tyler Moore.
(The Mary Tyler Moore Show 1977 Cast Photo: CBS Television / eBay | Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain)
During it’s run the show won 3 Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy Awards (1975, 1976 & 1977). With the exception of Ted Knight, all of the original stars of The Mary Tyler Moore Show are alive as of 2015 – mostly in their mid to late 70’s – and are seniors still working periodically in television or some other aspect of show business. Betty White has made a career out of being a funny, racy “older” woman and is an AARP commercial regular. She stars on the current “Hot in Cleveland” television comedy and on a 2013 episode was joined by friends Cloris Leachman, Valerie Harper, Mary Tyler Moore, and Georgia Engel for an MTM reunion of sorts.
The Mary Tyler Moore Cast Update: Star Mary Tyler Moore passed away in January 2017 at the age of 80.
Q1. Lou Grant, Ed Asner’s character from The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Lou Grant was a drama set in a newspaper newsroom.
Q2. Ted Knight played Judge Elihu Smails in the movie Caddyshack. Knight died 6 years later, in 1986, from cancer.
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