Ooh, Wednesday night will be TV night in my house. I have been waiting for this night since April, when I first heard Mary Tyler Moore, Valerie Harper and Cloris Leachman will join castmates Betty White and Georgia Engel for a special episode of “Hot in Cleveland” on TVLand.
Of course, White is a regular on the show, which also stars Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick. Engel makes occasional appearances on the show, but this will be the first time they and the other actresses (Moore, Harper and Leachman) from “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” will reunite to act on a sitcom.
(The other times they reunited were in 2007 to present at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and in 2008 on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”)
In this episode, White's and Engel's characters (Elka and Mamie Sue, respectively) reunite with their long-lost bowling teammates Diane (Moore), Peg (Leachman) and Angie (Harper) to provide us with a night of television history.
While the characters are different than “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” characters, viewers will be delighted to see remnants of their old characters – Mary Richards, Phyllis Lindstrom and Rhoda Morgenstern.
The episode, “Love is All Around,” was written after Harper's announcement that she has terminal brain cancer, which did not affect her performance. Fittingly, the show's title is the same as the first episode of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”