UPDATED with ABC 20/20, SundanceTV, MeTV, PBS: ABC has scheduled a special episode of 20/20 honoring the late actress. Mary Tyler Moore: After All airs Friday at 10 pm ET/9 Central. SundanceTV on Saturday will air all 24 episodes of the final season of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, leading up, of course, to Episode 724 – “The Last Show,” which concludes with the most famous group hug in TV history. The all-day marathon begins at 6:00 a.m. ET/5:00 a.m. Central.
PBS said its stations will rebroadcast Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration in honor of the TV icon. The documentary, which first aired in 2015, commemorates Moore and her 50-plus-year career,and features names such as Dick Van Dyke, Betty White, and Valerie Harper, who actually were involved in Moore’s life and work. Check local PBS stations for details.
Nostalgia channel MeTV has chosen six classic episodes for its tribute on Sunday afternoon. Here are its picks:
Gayle King will anchor Mary Tyler Moore: Love Is All Around, to air at 9 PM ET. And yes, Oprah Winfrey will be among those who weigh in, though she was not involved in any of Moore’s iconic TV series and there are still plenty of people around who were. Some of those presumably will participate in the special, though CBS News did not name any of them.
CBS took guff in some quarters today when it briefly interrupted its daytime schedule for Scott Pelley to report that Moore had died. Moore was a huge CBS star, including her roles as Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show in the 1960s, and as the single woman with a career in TV journalism on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the ’70s.
CBS News said the special will “mine CBS’ vast archives ” and include “interviews with Oprah Winfrey, newsmakers, admirers and others.”
Susan Zirinsky is the senior executive producer of the CBS special.