As reported last night, Hot in Cleveland is hosting a historic Mary Tyler Moore Show reunion. The sitcom’s female castmembers — Mary Tyler Moore, Valerie Harper, Cloris Leachman, Georgia Engel, and Betty White — will reunite to act together.
This will be the first time that the five have all been in a sitcom together since the series finale of The Mary Tyler Moore Show which aired 36 years ago. It will also be the first time that they’ve all acted together in the same scene as that never happened during the run of MTM.
Here’s the TV Land press release, which also mentions the upcoming special live broadcast of Hot in Cleveland:
TV LAND STAGES HISTORIC REUNION OF “THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW” CAST ON “HOT IN CLEVELAND” AS MARY TYLER MOORE, VALERIE HARPER AND CLORIS LEACHMAN GUEST STAR
Georgia Engel Joins The Reunion As Recurring Character Mamie Sue
New York, NY – March 22, 2013 – TV Land announced today that the ladies of “Hot in Cleveland” will soon be getting some special visitors in town as Mary Tyler Moore, Valerie Harper and Cloris Leachman reunite with their co-star of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” Betty White. In the episode, Elka (Betty White) and Mamie Sue (Georgia Engel) decide to get their bowling team back together, aptly named GLOB: the Gorgeous Ladies of Bowling. The team, which includes Elka, Mamie Sue, Diane (Moore), Peg (Leachman) and Angie (Harper), had a falling out decades ago after their championship season went to their heads. This is the first time in over 30 years that the five former castmates will be reunited on the sitcom stage. Mary Tyler Moore previously appeared on “Hot in Cleveland” as Elka’s cellmate in a season two episode.
Shows like ‘Hot in Cleveland,’ which stars four women, would not be here today without ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ and its incredible female-led cast,” said Larry W. Jones, President, TV Land. “Mary, Valerie, Cloris, Georgia and of course our Betty were all pioneers for women in television.”
TV Land’s hit sitcom “Hot in Cleveland” returns for its summer season with a LIVE episode on Wednesday, June 19 at 10pm ET. The west coast will receive the live-to-tape version three hours later at 10pm PT. The series, which was just picked up for a fifth season, stars television favorites Valerie Bertinelli (“One Day at a Time,”), Jane Leeves (“Frasier”), Wendie Malick (“Just Shoot Me!”) and Betty White (“The Golden Girls”).
“The Mary Tyler Moore Show” centered around Mary Richards (Mary Tyler Moore), an ambitious, young and single assistant producer, and her career at the fictional WJM-TV News. With her best friend Rhoda Morgenstern (Valerie Harper) and resident busy-body Phyllis Lindstrom (Cloris Leachman), Mary tackled the stereotypes of being an independent working woman in what was typically a “man’s world.” The show also starred Ed Asner as Mary’s tough-love boss, station producer Lou Grant, Gavin MacLeod as cynical head news writer Murray Slaughter, and Ted Knight as the dim-witted anchorman Ted Baxter. Moore’s company, MTM Enterprises, produced the series for CBS.
“Hot in Cleveland” is executive produced by Emmy(R) Award-winner Sean Hayes (“Will and Grace”) and Todd Milliner of Hazy Mills Productions (“Grimm”) and is helmed by Emmy(R) Award-winning Suzanne Martin (“Frasier,” “Ellen”) who serves as executive producer, show runner and head writer. Lynda Obst also serves as executive producer, and Larry W. Jones and Keith Cox are executive producers for TV Land. “Hot in Cleveland” is currently seen around the world in over 190 countries.
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What do you think? Will you be tuning in for the special live episode or the MTM reunion?