When “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”’s writers and producers dreamed up an edgy show about a divorced woman with a career, network executives replied, “Americans won’t watch television about New York City, divorcees, men with mustaches, or Jews.”
Fans quickly proved them wrong. Join "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" writers Gloria Banta and Susan Silver, superfan Joe Rainone and Jennifer Keishin Armstrong for the story behind the making of this classic and groundbreaking TV show.
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong writes about pop culture for Entertainment Weekly, Fast Company, New York and others. She is the author of Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted.
A successful television writer for 18 years, Susan Silver's many credits include "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "The Bob Newhart Show" and "Maude," among others, including fifteen pilots for her own sitcoms. Susan currently hosts the radio commentary show "Susan Says with Susan Silver," which appears on the NPR affiliate in Sharon, CT as well as ON Demand daily.
Called “The Voice for those past the Sex and the City Generation," Susan has been the subject of many articles, and has also written articles for magazines as well as Op-Ed pieces, including for The New York Times. Susan has been profiled in Esquire, TV Guide and Los Angeles Magazine, and was a Dewar’s Profile. She wrote the popular blog "The Search for Mr. Adequate" on the New York Social Diary for several years, and has appeared on radio and TV shows including "Growing Bolder," "The Today Show" and "Good Day New York." Susan has lectured at the Paley Center, taught sitcom classes for The Television Academy and The Learning Annex, and does private script consulting.
Joe Rainone is an accountant who has lived and worked in Rhode Island his whole life. He was Controller of S&A Printing for 37 years and is now Senior Accountant for The Allied Group, a direct marketing and supply chain management company headquartered in Cranston, RI. He achieved brief notoriety during the 1970s when he corresponded with the cast and producers of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" during its original network run, visiting them on several occasions. He has mostly stayed out of trouble since then. His interests are reading, bowling and making giant jigsaw puzzles. Though he has no children of his own, he somehow managed to acquire two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He currently lives in Woonsocket, RI.