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Herbie J. Pilato03-06-19 Mary Tyler Moore and Classic TV with Herbie J. Pilato

Cynthia Sue Larson talks with Herbie J. Pilato about the influence of TV shows and movies in our lives, and the value of positive television programs such as the Dick Van Dyke Show and Bewitched.  Pilato provides fascinating glimpses into the complexities of Mary Tyler Moore’s life, including how she faced extraordinary personal challenges.  Pilato illuminates how some favorite TV shows share a common thread of addressing prejudice (without being preachy), and the value of seeing ourselves as being flawed, yet doing our best to be good people in the world.

Herbie J. Pilato is an author, writer, producer, performer and entertainment executive who’s worked on many documentary TV shows including L.A. Law, Hill Street Blues, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, Bewitched and many others. Pilato has written books including: NBC & Me, The Bionic Book, Twitch Upon a Star: The Bewitched Life and Career of Elizabeth Montgomery, and Mary: The Mary Tyler Moore Story.  Pilato founded the Classic TV Preservation Society (CTVPS), dedicated to the positive social influence of classic television programming.  Pilato’s website is:

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