Mary Tyler Moore Special CBS Love Is All Around

CBS Sets Mary Tyler Moore Tribute for Thursday, Gayle King to Host

CBS is paying tribute to one of its greatest stars.

This Thursday night at 9/8c, the network will air Mary Tyler Moore: Love Is All Around, a one-hour primetime special honoring the life of the legendary TV actress who passed away on Wednesday at the age of 80. CBS This Morning anchor Gayle King will host the special, which will feature archival footage of Moore at work on The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show — both of which aired on CBS — along with interviews with Oprah Winfrey and other admirers of Moore’s work.

According to a press release, the special will also examine “Moore’s profound impact on acting and how women were portrayed in the media, as well as her work outside of entertainment.” The actress was an outspoken advocate for animal rights and diabetes research, among other causes.

One of the most iconic stars in television history, Moore did her finest work on CBS, playing wife Laurie Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show from 1961 to 1966 (earning two Emmys) and then TV producer Mary Richards on The Mary Tyler Moore Show from 1970 to 1977 (earning four more Emmys).

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

29 Comments
  1. Brian says:

    She deserves this and more.

    Such a huge legend.

  2. a_lex89 says:

    CBS is playing rough against ABC. Scandal will most likely be affected by it.

  3. Jj says:

    That’s… fast…

  4. MMD says:

    No one deserves this more. She truly started the ball rolling for a lot of people.Rest in Peace Mary

  5. Billy Bob Johnson says:

    Anyone surprised that with King hosting, Oprah is not far behind?

  6. Susan says:

    Adored MTM. Would have loved to fill the hour with clips of her but instead, we get OPRAH???? No, thanks. Geez.

  7. L. Dystryk says:

    This wasn’t really about Mary Tyler Moore; more about Oprah. It’s not all about you, Oprah.! This ruined it for me. Let’s get another one done without Oprah, please. And a different hostess. Get someone else, not Gayle king, please.

  8. Macy says:

    Unfortunately this show has become all about Gayle and Oprah

  9. Pat says:

    I was looking forward to watching this special, to my surprise it was as much about Oprah as it was Mary Tyler Moore. She deserved better than this.

  10. Fireballjim says:

    Well . . . I thought that this special was going to be a show about honoring Mary Tyler Moore, not Oprah . . . She hijacked it! If you want to include a comment from her (along with a multitude of celebrities who actually worked with her), fine — but 15-20 minutes of “All about Oprah”??? What’s that about? Who cares about what Oprah thinks?

  11. D. Magnusson says:

    I watched the special last night and was very put off by how much Oprah dominated the show. I loved Oprah’s very human reaction to seeing her idle. Then she turned to the viewers and said I had a meeting with my producers and that will never happen again. Really Oprah?

  12. Ted Wozny says:

    The Special on CBS was a huge disappointment. I turned it off after the first half hour as it was entirely devoted to Oprah talking about MTM’s impact on her life. It was more like a special about Oprah and there were probably more clips from Oprah’s Show than MTM Show, and there were none from the Dick Van Dyke Show in the first half hour. It was an obvious Oprah promotion. She might as well have been on screen with the Weight Watchers logo to promote her latest business venture

  13. Leslie says:

    Disappointed. Expected more from CBS and Gail King considering both The Dick VanDyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show were both on CBS. Half of the show was about Oprah Winfrey. It would have been nice to have more biography on MTM and also more clips of her work in television, movies and live theater. I would have liked to see more fellow actors and femaie journalists talking about how MTM influence them and how her work on television was trailblazing. I had the feeling that it was just thrown together. CBS should have taken more time and aired it a later date.

  14. Susan Freiberg says:

    Good show, but Oprah did not need to insert herself in a story on Mary Tyler Moore, thereby taking away from the star herself .

  15. Joanne says:

    This show was awful. Cheaply thrown together and Gayle King and Oprah completely ruined it. I wanted to see a tribute to MTM, not the Oprah Show! Very poorly done. Thankfully ABC did a great job last night doing a beautiful tribute that MTM deserved.

  16. Butch says:

    What a piece of junk. Gayle talking to Oprah. No one cares how Oprah spent her time frizzing up her hair

  17. Michael Beusch says:

    Oprah and Gayle King made it all about Oprah. Instead of focusing on the great career of her idol Mary Tyler Moore, it was all about how Oprah felt about meeting her, going so far to show how much Oprah was sweating AFTER she met MTM. I definitely think way less of Oprah because of this. If she didn’t have the class to rein in her ego (Gayle King certainly wouldn’t dare broach the subject), then CBS should have done so. I wanted to see new interviews with Dick Van Dyke, Carl Reiner, Rose Marie, Ed Asner, Valerie Harper, Cloris Leachman, Betty White, Gavin McLeod, Georgia Engel, Timothy Hutton, Robert Redford, Donald Sutherland, et al instead of this obscene ego piece dedicated to Oprah. Shame on you Gayle King, Oprah Winfrey, and CBS — after all Mary Tyler Moore did for the network and the entertainment industry in general, she deserved way better.