TV mogul Garry Marshall, hoping
audiences will have '70s nostalgia
for his television series about '50s nostalgia, is prepping a musical based on
Happy Days, his long-running sitcom that starred
Ron Howard and
Henry Winkler. The original series ran for 10 years.
Happy Days followed the exploits of Richie Cunningham, played by Howard, as he went through high school in 1950s suburbia. He was joined in his comedic adventures by his kid sister, Joanie; his best friends, Ralph Malph and Potsie; and the '50s hipster who boarded with the Cunningham family, Arthur Fonzarelli, aka The Fonz. The gang would often do the sock-hop down at Al's Place, the local soda joint.Read more
That '70s Show--which is filmed on the same soundstage that was home to The Mary Tyler Moore Show--has hired Ms. Moore herself for a three-episode guest-starring role in its upcoming eighth season. The episodes will air sometime in early 2006, although exact dates have yet to be announced.
In a nod to Moore's sweet-as-pie Mary Tyler Moore Show character, she'll play Christine St. George, anchor of Point Place's daily news show, What's Up Wisconsin?. Christine, a regular patron of the hair salon where Fez works as a shampoo boy, charms her fans with a sugary persona that vanishes when the cameras stop rolling. When Jackie lands a job as Christine's personal assistant, she quickly discovers that Kitty's favorite local celebrity is far less agreeable than everyone thinks.
Mary Tyler Moore has won seven ...Read more