Nov 23, 2015
Welcome to the third and final segment in a series that profiles the many talented, funny women who played such a huge role in the making of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. This segment focuses on the creators James L. Brooks and Allan Burns’ first woman writer, Treva Silverman.
Comedy writer Treva Silverman was brought in to write, partly for her perspective on how to frame a woman’s voice realistically in a script. And because she was a funny, talented person. We see that in how some of the best plots and character development involve male characters – Lou, Ted and Murray.
This installment includes reflections from Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, whose 2013 book, Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted, has served as the framework for these podcasts. Armstrong’s book weaves the formative years of Silverman’s career through The Mary Tyler Moore Show’s seven years on the air.