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Mary's All Around
January 25, 2017  | By Linda Donovan
 

The loss of cherished TV favorite Mary Tyler Moore brings a multitude of memories to mind for so many of us. But we think we’ve found a video, not of her making, that she would’ve liked because it represents something her Mary Richards character would’ve encouraged – a woman making the stage, and a song, her own. It’s Joan Jett (and the Blackhearts) singing the theme song to The Mary Tyler Moore Show, “Love is All Around.” We’d venture to guess Ms. Moore actually did approve of this version: In addition to Joan’s version of the song being used in a number of movies and TV shows, it was also used in the 2000 TV movie, Mary and Rhoda, about the old friends from the original Minneapolis-based sitcom. – Linda Donovan

 
 
 
 
 
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Good news, TVWW readers: David’s new book from Doubleday, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is available on Amazon for $20. (Paperback will be available September 5th, here.)

Doubleday says: “Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way."

"The Platinum Age of Television is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV. For instance, animation evolved from Rocky and His Friends to South Park; variety shows moved from The Ed Sullivan Show to Saturday Night Live; and family sitcoms grew from I Love Lucy to Modern Family. A high point is the author’s interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer and many others...Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post