Wednesday, June 13, 2018

What Might've Been: Annie McGuire (1988)

Ever since her 1970-7 sitcom ended, Mary Tyler Moore struggled to find another hit series, while at the same time reinventing herself as a dramatic actress.

In 1988, she and her production company sold CBS on the dramedy, Annie McGuire. This time, Mary was bridging two worlds. She was a housewife again, just like on The Dick Van Dyke Show, but she was also working for a living in a two-income household with her husband (Denis Arndt, who hasn't been heard from much since). Future film star Adrien Brody plays one of the sons.

Unfortunately, viewers weren't interested in Annie, largely because The Mary Tyler Moore Show, as well as The Dick Van Dyke Show, were readily available in syndication at the time, and most folks couldn't get past Mary's past roles. As a result, Annie McGuire was a short-lived series.

Here's the opener:

Rating: B.

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