1 9 8 5 – 1 9 8 6 (USA)
13 x 30 minute episodes
This CBS comedy presented Mary Tyler Moore as Mary Brenner, a divorced fashion writer who loses her job with quality high-fashion magazine Women’s Digest and is forced to take a job writing a consumer advice column for a third-rate Chicago newspaper.
Outspoken and temperamental Mary was immediately at odds with her handsome managing editor, Frank DeMarco (James Farentino), and had to contend with a near-sighted copy editor (David Byrd) and fight off the advances of eccentric theatre critic “LaSalle . . . Ed LaSalle” (John Astin), who wrote the column “Stepping Out with Ed LaSalle”.
Katey Sagal (the future Peg Bundy) appeared as Mary’s chain-smoking co-worker, Jo Tucker, who penned the column “The Mainline Reporter”.
The (fictitious) newspaper was originally called the Chicago Post but NBC and production company MTM received a “cease and desist” order from the real Vice Mayor of Chicago, Richard Mell – it seems he published a small free community newspaper under that name in partnership with Chicago entrepreneur James Boratyn. The name was changed in the series to the Chicago Eagle.
Mary Tyler Moore