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Tributes to Mary Tyler Moore abound on CBS, Sundance TV, ABC, getTV, MeTV, PBS

This was posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

With her passing at age 80, legendary TV actress Mary Tyler Moore is being feted on various TV networks in the coming days. Here are a few specials or marathons in the works, some original, some recycled, starting Thursday.

- CBS is airing an hour-long special Thursday at 9 p.m. called 'Mary Tyler Moore: Love Is All Around." It will be anchored by Gayle King and her BFF Oprah Winfrey will be among the folks interviewed. This special will pre-empt new episodes of "Mom" and "Life in Pieces." A repeat of "Mom" will air at 8:30 p.m., replacing "The Great Indoors." The network will air a repeat of "The Big Bang Theory" at 8. CBS aired a 10-second tribute at the start of prime-time tonight.

-ABC's "20/20" will air a retrospective on her life at 10 p.m. Friday. The press release:

The hour-long special explores her childhood in Brooklyn, groundbreaking career and personal struggles. “20/20” takes viewers on a journey through Moore’s television and film performances including her start in appliance television commercials; trailblazing role on ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ as Mary Richards, a single, independent television journalist; critically acclaimed performance in the movie ‘Ordinary People,’ for which she received a best actress Oscar nomination; and more. In Friday night’s special, anchored by David Muir and Elizabeth Vargas, viewers will hear from those who knew Moore best. The hour also features Barbara Walters’ classic interviews with the actress herself from the ABC News archives. ‘Mary Tyler Moore: After All’ airs on “20/20” Friday, January 27 (10:00-11:00p.m., ET) on ABC.

-SundanceTV will air a 24-hour marathon of the seventh and final season of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" starting at 6 a.m. Saturday, January 28.

-MeTV will air six of the most famous "Mary Tyler Moore Show" episodes, including the first one, a season 3 episode "Put on a Happy Face," season 4's "The Dinner Party," season 6's legenday "Chuckles Bites the Dust," season 7's "Lou Dates Mary" and the series finale "The Last Show." They are scheduled to air Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, January 29.

-getTV will broadcast Moore's appearance on the 1969 special "Dick Van Dyke and the Other Woman" and her early guest spot in a 1960 episode of the seldom seen crime drama "Johnny Staccato" at 11 p.m. on Monday. She plays a beauty contestant pageant who needs help when her life is threatened by a mysterious man.

-PBS is offering up a 2015 documentary to its local stations to air called "Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration." Among those interviewed: Dick Van Dyke, Betty White and Valerie Harper.

Here's a sample:


Or you can just watch the documentary in its entirety here.

I have not seen anyone announce marathons of "The Dick Van Dyke Show" yet but I'll update this when I do.

Her most notable film role was in 1980's Oscar winning film "Ordinary People," which is available on Movieplex on Demand.


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Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.