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 a quality high-fashion magazine 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), 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).
Katey Sagal (the future Peg Bundy) appeared as Mary’s chain-smoking co-worker, Jo Tucker.
The (fictitious) newspaper was 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.
Mary Tyler Moore