The day Mary Tyler Moore died, I was sitting in a television studio in the appropriately named Studio City California watching a taping of a CBS sitcom.
Wandering around the studio I came across a plaque on the wall; eerily this very studio was built by Mary Tyler Moore and the show named after her was filmed there. She was not a creation of television, she was one of the creators of modern television as we know it. Without her vision and business savvy as a producer, modern comedy and modern culture would be missing its foundation.
Like Lucy before her, the onscreen innovation was just the surface. Mary Tyler Moore managed to shine on The Dick Van Dyke Show, and became a hero and an icon for women everywhere as a single woman making it after all. But she also co-founded MTM with Grant Tinker, creating a production company that gave us not only The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin offs (Rhoda, Phyllis and the rare dramatic spin-off of a sitcom, Lou Grant) but also innovative and iconic programs like The Bob Newhart Show, Newhart, and WKRP in Cincinnati. She changed the look and feel of sitcoms forever, and launched the careers of giants like James L Brooks and Ed. Weinberger.