Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre
Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre, sometimes called Zane Grey Theatre, is an American Western anthology series which ran on CBS from 1956 to 1961. Created by Luke Short and Charles A. Wallace, Zane Grey Theatre was based on the short stories and novels of Western author Zane Grey, but as the episodes continued, new material was included. Aaron Spelling wrote twenty Zane Grey episodes; the series opened each week with a prelude of the episode followed by the introduction, the firing of a gun, with the proclamation: "From out of the West, Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater." Much of the musical score was handled by Four Star's Herschel Burke Gilbert. Powell hosted the entire run. A half-hour program, Zane Grey Theatre debuted at 8:30 Eastern on Friday, October 5, 1956, ran until the end of the 1960-1961 season, when Powell switched to NBC for a new hour-long anthology of drama and comedy called The Dick Powell Show. Zane Grey Theatre was ground-breaking in that five episodes were developed into subsequent series: Trackdown starring Robert Culp as Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman, Johnny Ringo, starring Don Durant, both on CBS, The Rifleman with Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain on ABC, The Westerner on NBC, starring Brian Keith as Dave Blassingame, Black Saddle with Chris Alcaide instead of subsequent series star Peter Breck as the gunfighter-turned-lawyer Clay Culhane) on ABC.
In addition, Wanted: Dead or Alive, with Steve McQueen playing the bounty hunter Josh Randall, was a CBS spinoff of Trackdown, Law of the Plainsman, starring Michael Ansara as a Harvard-educated, Native American U. S. Marshal, was an NBC spin-off of The Rifleman. Outdoor sequences for many episodes of the series were filmed on the Iverson Movie Ranch in Chatsworth, Calif. Walter Brennan played an old outlaw, Joe, in the episode, "Vengeance Canyon", which aired on November 30, 1956. In the story line, Joe tries to convince a young gunslinger, Clint Harding, that vengeance is not productive. Sheb Wooley played another outlaw, Brock."Decision at Wilson's Creek"', which premiered May 17, 1957, near the end of the series' first season, featured guest star John Forsythe, still four months shy of his debut on Bachelor Father in the fall of that year. Forsythe played a Confederate soldier who aroused suspicion and scorn with his decision to quit the Army. Outdoor sequences for the episode were shot on the famed Iverson Movie Ranch in Chatsworth, known as the most filmed outdoor location in the history of films and television.
A number of scenes take place amid a grove of oak trees on the location ranch that came to be known as the Midway Oaks, with one of the trees — a multi-trunked oak that leans to one side — becoming known as the Forsythe Oak, named in honor of John Forsythe's appearance in the episode. The Forsythe Oak remains in place today in the back yard of a private estate on the former Iverson Movie Ranch. In "License to Kill", Macdonald Carey played Tom Baker, a wounded sheriff facing the arrival of unruly cattle drovers; the mayor, played by Jacques Aubuchon, hires Lane Baker, portrayed by John Ericson, as the town marshal to assist the sheriff but against the sheriff's wishes. Lane turns out to be the sheriff's younger brother; the two differ on law enforcement techniques but are reconciled from a long-term family split. Stacy Harris plays Doc Currie. In "Let the Man Die", Dick Powell portrays Dr. Mike Reynolds, who must operate on Dolf Akins, played by Brett King, an unpopular gunfighter with a bullet lodged near his heart.
Civic leaders, want Reynolds to let Akins die, but his own conscience and the Hippocratic Oath forbid the doctor from doing so. Akins dies in surgery, but the situation is clouded by the revelation that it was Reynolds' stepson, portrayed by Ralph Reed, not Akins, responsible for the killing of popular townsman Tom Menken, played by Frank Ferguson. Marsha Hunt appears in this episode as Julie. In "Medal for Valor", Rufus Stewart, a businessman played by Paul Fix, hires David Manning, a man with an ill wife in need of medical treatment, played by Richard Basehart, to substitute in the American Civil War for Stewart's son, portrayed by Richard Anderson. Manning, who won a Medal of Honor, returns from three years in the Army for an affidavit certifying that he was a substitute so that he can claim western land. Rufus Stewart reneges on the promise because the son, the local sheriff, is running for the United States House of Representatives. Oddly, Rufus winds up being shot to death in a confrontation that he caused, Adam agrees to provide the affidavit to Manning.
The episode does not reveal if the sheriff was elected to Congress but considers the political liability of one having hired a substitute in the war. June Dayton portrays Kate. In "Make It Look Good", Arthur Kennedy plays Sam Carter, a former Confederate hired as a bank teller in an otherwise all-Union community by banker Clem Doud, portrayed by Parley Baer, it is revealed that Carter disliked in the town, had for a time been a prisoner of war at Elmira, New York. Carter becomes the inside partner to two brothers, played by Ed Nelson and Richard Rust, who rob the bank, but he changes his mind and does not take part in the splitting of the $30,000 loot. Carter must confront Russ Bowen, one of the brothers who had vowed to harm Carter's wife, portrayed by Jacqueline Scott. Robert F. Simon plays Sheriff John Hanley in this episode. In the first of two appearances on the program
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Mary Tyler Moore Show is an American television sitcom starring Mary Tyler Moore and created by James L. Brooks and Allan Burns that aired on CBS from September 19, 1970 to March 19, 1977. Moore starred as Mary Richards, an unmarried, independent woman focused on her career as associate producer at the fictional WJM news program in Minneapolis. A central female character, not married or dependent on a man was a rarity in American television in the early 1970s, leading to numerous publications citing The Mary Tyler Moore Show as groundbreaking television in the era of second-wave feminism. Edward Asner co-starred as Mary's boss Lou Grant, alongside Valerie Harper as her friend and neighbor Rhoda Morgenstern and Cloris Leachman as her landlady Phyllis Lindstrom. Other co-stars throughout the series' run included Gavin MacLeod, Ted Knight, Georgia Engel, John Amos and Betty White; the Mary Tyler Moore Show is best remembered for its realistic and complex characters and storylines, in contrast to the simplistic characters and plots seen on broadcast television at that time.
It was the subject of consistent critical praise and high ratings during its original run, receiving twenty-nine Primetime Emmy Awards, including for Outstanding Comedy Series three years in a row, for which Moore received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series three times. The series launched three spin-offs: Rhoda and Lou Grant. In 2013, the Writers Guild of America ranked The Mary Tyler Moore Show number six on its list of the "101 Best Written TV Series of All Time." Mary Richards is a single woman who, at age 30, moves to Minneapolis on the heels of a broken engagement. She applies for a secretarial job at fictional television station WJM, but, taken, she is instead offered the position of associate producer of the station's six o'clock news. She befriends her tough but lovable boss Lou Grant, newswriter Murray Slaughter, buffoonish anchorman Ted Baxter. Mary becomes producer of the show. Mary rents a third-floor studio apartment in a 19th-century house from acquaintance and downstairs landlady, Phyllis Lindstrom, she and upstairs neighbor Rhoda Morgenstern become best friends.
Characters introduced in the series are acerbic, man-hungry television cooking show hostess Sue Ann Nivens, ditzy but sweet-natured Georgette Franklin, as Ted Baxter's girlfriend. At the beginning of season 6, after both Rhoda and Phyllis have moved away, Mary relocates to a one-bedroom high-rise apartment. In the third season, issues such as equal pay for women, pre-marital sex, homosexuality are woven into the show's comedic plots. In the fourth season, such subjects as marital infidelity and divorce are explored with Phyllis and Lou, respectively. In the fifth season, Mary is jailed for contempt of court. While in jail, she befriends a prostitute. In a highly-rated sixth season episode, Betty Ford made history, becoming the first First Lady to make a cameo appearance on a television sitcom. In the show's final seasons, it explored humor in death in the episode "Chuckles Bites the Dust" and juvenile delinquency. Mary dates many men on and off over the years, is engaged twice, but remains single throughout the series.
In 1995, Entertainment Weekly said. The fictitious address was 119 North Weatherly, but the exterior establishing shots were of a real house in Minneapolis at 2104 Kenwood Parkway. In the real house, an unfinished attic occupied the space behind the window recreated on the interior studio set of Mary's apartment. In January 2017, the house was marketed for a price of $1.7 million. Once fans of the series discovered where exterior shots had been taken, the house became a popular tourist destination. According to Moore, the woman who lived in the house was "overwhelmed" by people showing up and "asking if Mary was around". To discourage crews from filming additional footage of the house, the owners placed an "Impeach Nixon" sign beneath the window where Mary lived; the house continued to attract multiple tour buses a day more than a decade. Mary Richards, a single native Minnesotan, moves to Minneapolis in 1970 at age 30 and becomes Associate Producer of WJM-TV's Six O'Clock News, her sincere, kind demeanor acts as a foil for the personalities of her co-workers and friends.
Lou Grant is the Producer of the news. His tough and grumpy demeanor hides his kind-hearted nature, revealed as the series progresses, he is referred to as "Lou" by everyone, including Mary's friends, with the exception of Mary herself, who can bring herself to call him by his first name rather than "Mr. Grant", he was married to Edie. Murray Slaughter, the head writer of the news makes frequent quips for Ted Baxter's mangling of his news copy, Sue Ann Nivens' aggressive, man-hungry attitude, he is close friend. Murray is married to the seen Marie, has several children. Ted Baxter is the dim-witted and miserly anchorman of the Six O'Clock News, he make
Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman Macdonnell and writer John Meston. The stories take place in and around Dodge City, during the settlement of the American West; the central character is lawman Marshal Matt Dillon, played by William Conrad on radio and James Arness on television. When aired in the UK, the television series was titled Gun Law reverting to Gunsmoke; the radio series ran from 1952 to 1961. John Dunning wrote that among radio drama enthusiasts, "Gunsmoke is placed among the best shows of any kind and any time." The television series ran for 20 seasons from 1955 to 1975, lasted for 635 episodes. At the end of its run in 1975, Los Angeles Times columnist Cecil Smith wrote: "Gunsmoke was the dramatization of the American epic legend of the west. Our own Iliad and Odyssey, created from standard elements of the dime novel and the pulp Western as romanticized by Buntline and Twain, it was the stuff of legend." In the late 1940s, CBS chairman William S. Paley, a fan of the Philip Marlowe radio serial, asked his programming chief, Hubell Robinson, to develop a hardboiled Western series, a show about a "Philip Marlowe of the Old West".
Robinson instructed his West Coast CBS Vice President, Harry Ackerman, who had developed the Philip Marlowe series, to take on the task. Ackerman and his scriptwriters, Mort Fine and David Friedkin, created an audition script called "Mark Dillon Goes to Gouge Eye" based on one of their Michael Shayne radio scripts, "The Case of the Crooked Wheel" from the summer of 1948. Two versions were recorded; the first, recorded in June 1949, was much like a hardboiled detective series and starred Michael Rye as Dillon. CBS liked the Culver version better, Ackerman was told to proceed. A complication arose, though; the project was shelved for three years, when producer Norman Macdonnell and writer John Meston discovered it while creating an adult Western series of their own. Macdonnell and Meston wanted to create a radio Western for adults, in contrast to the prevailing juvenile fare such as The Lone Ranger and The Cisco Kid. Gunsmoke was set in Dodge City, during the thriving cattle days of the 1870s. Dunning notes, "The show drew critical acclaim for unprecedented realism."
The radio series first aired on CBS on April 26, 1952 with the episode "Billy the Kid", written by Walter Newman, ended on June 18, 1961. The show stars William Conrad as Marshal Matt Dillon, Howard McNear as Doc Charles Adams, Georgia Ellis as Kitty Russell, Parley Baer as Dillon's assistant, Chester Wesley Proudfoot. Matt Dillon was played on radio on TV by James Arness. Two versions of the same pilot episode titled "Mark Dillon Goes to Gouge Eye" are in the archives with two different actors, Rye Billsbury and Howard Culver, playing Marshal "Mark" Dillon as the lead, not yet played by Conrad. Conrad was one of the last actors to audition for the role of Marshal Dillon. With a resonantly powerful and distinctive voice, Conrad was one of radio's busiest actors. Though Meston championed him, Macdonnell thought. During his audition, Conrad won over Macdonnell after reading only a few lines. Dillon, as portrayed by Conrad, was a isolated man, toughened by a hard life. Macdonnell claimed, "Much of Matt Dillon's character grew out of Bill Conrad."Meston relished the upending of cherished Western fiction clichés and felt that few Westerns gave any inkling of how brutal the Old West was in reality.
Many episodes were based on man's cruelty to man and woman, inasmuch as the prairie woman's life and the painful treatment of women as chattels were touched on well ahead of their time in most media. As pitched to CBS executives, this was to be an adult Western, not a grown-up Hopalong Cassidy. Dunning writes that Meston was disgusted by the archetypal Western hero and set out "to destroy character he loathed". In Meston's view, "Dillon was as scarred as the homicidal psychopaths who drifted into Dodge from all directions." Chester was played by Parley Baer on radio, by Dennis Weaver on television. Chester's character had no surname until Baer ad libbed "Proudfoot" during an early rehearsal. Initial Gunsmoke scripts gave him no name at all. Again, Conrad's sense of what the program would be supervened, Chester was born. Chester's middle initial was given as "W" in the June 15, 1958, episode "Old Flame", a few episodes on the July 7, 1958, episode "Marshal Proudfoot", his middle name, that of his 10 siblings, is revealed to be Wesley.
The amiable Waco expatriate was described as Dillon's "assistant", but in the December 13, 1952, episode "Post Martin", Dillon described Chester as Dillon's deputy. Contradicting this description, in the July 5, 1954, episode "Hank Prine" Dillon corrects a prisoner who describes Chester as his "deputy", stating "Chester is not my deputy", though they both agree Chester acts like he is. Whatever his title, Chester was Dillon's foil, partner, in an episode in which Chester nearly dies, Dillon allows that Chester was the only person he could trust; the TV series changed the newly limping Chester's last name from Proudfoot to Goode. Chester was played by Dennis Weaver, who went on to star in the NBC Mystery Movie rotating TV series entry of a police drama with a comedic touch, McCloud, in the early
Scott Cameron Pelley is an American journalist and author, a correspondent and anchor for CBS News for 30 years. Pelley is the author of the 2019 book, Truth Worth Telling, a correspondent for the CBS News magazine 60 Minutes. Pelley served as anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News from 2011 to 2017, a period in which the broadcast achieved its highest audience ratings in more than a decade. Born in San Antonio, Pelley grew up in Lubbock, where he graduated from Coronado High School and obtained his first job in journalism at the age of 15 as a copyboy for the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Staying close to home, he majored in journalism at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Pelley began his career as a broadcast journalist at Lubbock's KSEL-TV in 1975, he moved on to KXAS-TV in Fort Worth in 1978, to WFAA-TV in Dallas in 1982, remaining there for seven years. In 1985, Pelley's reporting on Guatemalan refugees living in remote jungles of Mexico caught the attention of executives at CBS News, four years Pelley moved to the CBS network.
Pelley's CBS career started in New York City in 1989. He returned to Dallas to cover national affairs from the CBS bureau. Pelley covered the 1990/91 Gulf war, reporting from Baghdad and traveling with the XVIII Airborne Corps in its assault on Iraq and Kuwait, he was assigned to cover the 1992 presidential campaigns of Ross Perot and Bill Clinton, reported on such major events as the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the Branch Davidian siege near Waco and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. Pelley served as CBS News' Chief White House Correspondent from 1997 to 1999. During that time, President Clinton was impeached by the United States House of Representatives. In covering the investigation of the president, Pelley broke the news that Monica Lewinsky had become a cooperating witness in the investigation conducted by the Office of Independent Counsel. Pelley was first to report that President Clinton had been subpoenaed to testify before the grand jury. In 2001, Pelley got the first interview with former president Clinton in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.
In 1999, Pelley left the White House to join 60 Minutes II shortly after its inception. In 2000, Pelley landed the first interview with president-elect George W. Bush; the next year, on the morning of September 11, Pelley reported from the scene of the collapsing World Trade Center towers. In 2002, Pelley landed the only interview with President Bush on the anniversary of 9/11. In 2003, Pelley began filing reports for 60 Minutes on Sunday, he moved to the Sunday edition of the broadcast in 2004. Pelley's work has featured reporting on the economic collapse of 2008-2009, on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and reporting on climate change from Antarctica and the Arctic. In 2008, Pelley conducted an interview with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke; the interview was the first with a Fed Chairman in decades and broke a long-standing Federal Reserve tradition. The broadcast was honored with an Emmy Award. Pelley has reported from Iraq on the front lines in the battle against ISIS. Pelley conducted the only interview with one of the Navy SEALs who helped to kill Osama bin Laden and a news-breaking interview with the chief accuser in Major League Baseball's doping case against Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees, in addition to extensive coverage of the Lance Armstrong doping case.
In September 2015, Pelley met Pope Francis at the Vatican ahead of the pontiff's visit to the United States, led CBS News' coverage of the visit. Starting with the Persian Gulf crisis of 1990 and the 1991 invasion of Iraq, Pelley has reported extensively from many war zones. In 1991, he accompanied the XVIII Airborne Corps on its invasion of Iraq to force the liberation of Kuwait. In 2001, Pelley and his team joined U. S. Special Forces in Afghanistan. In 2003, Pelley and a 60 Minutes team were the first to break the news of the second invasion of Iraq, reporting from an outpost they had created in the DMZ between Iraq and Kuwait; the team opted out of the Pentagon's embed system and covered the invasion of Iraq independently from the initial strike to the fall of Baghdad. Pelley returned to Iraq to report on the insurgency. In 2006 and 2007 he filed reports on the genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan. In his 2007 report, Pelley enlisted the help of a rebel group to organize an armed reconnaissance into Darfur.
The story revealed a village, destroyed by government forces in their campaign of genocide. The Darfur report was honored with an Emmy Award. In a review of the story, the Washington Times wrote, "The legacy of Murrow lives at CBS in the daring, long-range investigations of Scott Pelley." In Afghanistan, Pelley has accompanied numerous units of the U. S. Army and Marine Corps in combat operations and has reported independently on the effects of the war on civilians. In 2011, The CBS Evening News was broadcast from Afghanistan for a series of reports on the 10th anniversary of the war. Pelley became the anchor of the CBS Evening News on June 2011, succeeding Katie Couric. In Pelley's first nine months in the anchor chair, the program gained an additional daily 821,000 viewers. CBS News has enjoyed increases in its audience for special news events. After election night, 2012, Variety wrote, "With center; the CBS Evening News increased its audience every year from 2011 through 2015. On May 29, 2015, the media website, The Wrap, wrote: "Thes
Mabel Ethelreid Normand was an American silent-film actress, screenwriter and producer. She was a popular star and collaborator of Mack Sennett in his Keystone Studios films, at the height of her career in the late 1910s and early 1920s, had her own movie studio and production company. Onscreen, she appeared in 12 successful films with Charlie Chaplin and 17 with Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, sometimes writing and directing movies featuring Chaplin as her leading man. Throughout the 1920s, her name was linked with publicized scandals, including the 1922 murder of William Desmond Taylor and the 1924 shooting of Courtland S. Dines, shot by Normand's chauffeur using her pistol, she was not a suspect in either crime. Her film career declined, she suffered a recurrence of tuberculosis in 1923, which led to a decline in her health, retirement from films, her death in 1930 at age 37. Born Mabel Ethelreid Normand in New Brighton, Richmond County, New York, she grew up in a working-class family, her mother, Mary "Minne" Drury, of Providence, Rhode Island, was of Irish heritage, while her father was French Canadian.
Her father, Claude Normand, was employed as a cabinetmaker and stage carpenter at Sailors' Snug Harbor home for elderly seamen. Before she entered films at age 16 in 1909, Normand worked as an artist's model, which included posing for postcards illustrated by Charles Dana Gibson, creator of the Gibson Girl image, as well as for Butterick's clothing pattern manufacturers in lower Manhattan. For a short time, she worked for Vitagraph Studios in New York City for $25 per week, but Vitagraph founder Albert E. Smith admitted she was one of several actresses about whom he made a mistake in estimating their "potential for future stardom."Her lead performance, directed by D. W. Griffith in the dramatic 1911 short film Her Awakening, drew attention and she met director Mack Sennett while at Griffith's Biograph Company, she embarked on a topsy-turvy relationship with him. Her earlier Keystone films portrayed her as a bathing beauty, but Normand demonstrated a flair for comedy and became a major star of Sennett's short films.
Normand appeared with Charles Chaplin and "Fatty" Arbuckle in many short films, as well as with Oliver Hardy and Boris Karloff, in the Stan Laurel-directed "Raggedy Rose". She is credited as being the first film star to receive a pie thrown in the face, she played a key role in starting Chaplin's film career and acted as his leading lady and mentor in a string of films in 1914, sometimes co-writing and directing or co-directing films with him. Chaplin had considerable initial difficulty adjusting to the demands of film acting, his performance suffered for it. After his first film appearance in Making a Living, Sennett felt. Most historians agree Normand persuaded Sennett to give Chaplin another chance, she and Chaplin appeared together in a dozen subsequent films always as a couple in the lead roles. In 1914, she starred with Marie Dressler and Chaplin in Tillie's Punctured Romance, the first feature-length comedy. Earlier that same year, in January/February, Chaplin first played his Tramp character in Mabel's Strange Predicament, although it wound up being the second Tramp film released.
She opened her own company in partnership with Mack Sennett 1916. It was a subsidiary of the Triangle Film Corporation, she lost the company in 1918 when Triangle experienced a massive shake up which had Sennett lose Keystone and establish his own independent studio. In 1918, as her relationship with Sennett came to an end, Normand signed a $3,500-per-week contract with Samuel Goldwyn. Director William Desmond Taylor shared her interest in books, the two formed a close relationship. Author Robert Giroux claims that Taylor was in love with Normand, who had approached him for help in curing her cocaine dependency. According to Normand's subsequent statements to investigators, her repeated relapses were devastating for Taylor. Giroux says that Taylor met with federal prosecutors shortly before his death and offered to assist them in filing charges against Normand's cocaine suppliers. Giroux expresses a belief that Normand's suppliers learned of this meeting and hired a contract killer to murder the director.
According to Giroux, Normand suspected the reasons for Taylor's murder, but did not know the identity of the man who killed him. According to Kevin Brownlow and John Kobal in their book Hollywood: The Pioneers, the idea that Taylor was murdered by drug dealers was invented by the studio for publicity purposes. No evidence indicates Normand was an addict, despite the fact this is repeated as if it were established fact. On the night of his murder, February 1, 1922, Normand left Taylor's bungalow at 7:45 pm in a happy mood, carrying a book he had lent her, they blew kisses to each other. Normand was the last person known to have seen Taylor alive; the Los Angeles Police Department subjected Normand to a grueling interrogation, but ruled her out as a suspect. Most subsequent writers have done the same. However, Normand's career had slowed, her reputation was tarnished. According to George Hopkins, who sat next to her at Taylor's funeral, Normand wept inconsolably. In 1924, Normand's chauffeur Joe Kelly shot and wounded millionaire oil broker and amateur golfer Courtland S. Dines with her pistol.
Normand's co-star in many films, Roscoe Arbuckle was the defendant in three publicized trials for the rape and manslaughter of ac
Phyllis (TV series)
Phyllis is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from September 8, 1975, to March 13, 1977. Created by Ed. Weinberger and Stan Daniels, it was the second spin-off of The Mary Tyler Moore Show; the show starred Cloris Leachman as Phyllis Lindstrom, Mary Richards' landlady on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. In the new series and her daughter Bess Lindstrom moved from Minneapolis to San Francisco, after the death of her husband, Dr. Lars Lindstrom, it was revealed that San Francisco was Phyllis and Lars' original hometown, prior to their moving to Minneapolis, that his mother and stepfather still resided there. Being left penniless after the death of her husband Lars and her daughter Bess move in with Lars' mother, the scatterbrained Audrey Dexter, stepfather, Judge Jonathan Dexter. Phyllis takes a job as an assistant in a photographic studio; the owner, Julie Erskine, was played by Barbara Colby. Much of the first season's humor stemmed from Phyllis' attempts to fit into the job market, after having lived for many years as the spoiled wife of a rich dermatologist.
Actor Richard Schaal was cast as Leo Heatherton, a well-meaning but bumbling photographer who worked with Phyllis and Julie at the studio. Elderly actress Judith Lowry guest starred in an early episode as Sally Dexter, her appearance was so well received by viewers that by the end of the first year, Lowry became a regular on the series and her character of Mother Dexter joined the household. Aired between two popular shows – Rhoda and All in the Family – on Monday nights, Phyllis became a top ten hit. Cloris Leachman won a Golden Globe Award for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series; the sitcom was the sixth highest-rated television series for the 1975–76 television season. The series premise was reworked somewhat for the second season. Erskine Photography and the characters Julie Erskine and Leo Heatherton were dropped from the series, with the explanation that Julie had married sold the photography studio, moved away, putting Phyllis out of a job.
Leachman, Jones and Lowry remained with the series. In the second-season premiere, Phyllis was hired as an assistant to a San Francisco City Supervisor. Carmine Carridi played Phyllis' boss, John Lawlor played Leonard Marsh, an inept politician who worked in the same office. Garn Stephens played Leonard's secretary and Phyllis' rival. Ratings began to drop. Rhoda was going through a format change at the time, which may have affected Phyllis’ ratings. During this time, both series' chief competition, NBC's Little House on the Prairie, flourished. In a December 1976 episode, Jonathan's cranky and outspoken Mother Dexter, Phyllis' main nemesis, married Arthur Lanson. CBS moved both Rhoda and Phyllis to Sunday nights at 8:00 P. M. and 8:30 P. M. respectively. During this time, actress Jane Rose took ill; these events put Phyllis' home life in flux. Daughter Bess's role became more prominent and she found romance with Mark Valenti, the nephew of Phyllis' boss, they married. By the middle of the 1976–77 season, the ratings for Rhoda had improved but Phyllis was still faltering.
As a result, Rhoda was renewed for an additional season, but Phyllis was dropped by CBS in the spring of 1977, finishing in 40th place that season. The show had higher overall ratings than Rhoda that season, as well as equal ratings with its parent show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show; the stigma of the deaths of several cast members during the show's run, as well as the ill health of actress Jane Rose, are said to have been factors in the series' cancellation. The final episode had Bess announcing; this installment aired Sunday, March 13, 1977. The same week, on Saturday, March 19, Leachman made her last appearance as Phyllis Lindstrom on the final episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Cloris Leachman as Phyllis Lindstrom Henry Jones as Judge Jonathan Dexter Jane Rose as Audrey Dexter Lisa Gerritsen as Bess Lindstrom Judith Lowry as Sally "Mother" Dexter Barbara Colby as Julie Erskine #1 Liz Torres as Julie Erskine #2 Richard Schaal as Leo Heatherton Carmine Caridi as Dan Valenti John Lawlor as Leonard Marsh Garn Stephens as Harriet Hastings Burt Mustin as Arthur Lanson Craig Wasson as Mark Valenti The opening credits to Phyllis parody other television series opening credits of the period The Mary Tyler Moore Show, by depicting the character in a variety of local settings while the theme song plays.
In addition to scenes shot on location in San Francisco, various scenes from her appearances in The Mary Tyler Moore Show are shown. The theme song parodies spectacular Broadway musical numbers, such as Jerry Herman's title songs to "Hello Dolly" and "Mame", in the first seconds of the opening sequence, the performers are seen in blackface. In keeping with the