MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW TV SCRIPT
Reading of the full TV spec script



MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW TV SCRIPT "Branching Out" - TV SPEC Screenplay Reading
Written by Barry Brennessel
Silver Spring, MD

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR - Gennalee Gordon
MARY - Danielle Nicole
RHODA - Hannah Drew
MURRAY - Neil Bennett
LOU - David Occhipinti
PHYLLIS - Lex Kilgour
BESS - Stefanie Terzo
TED - Paul R. Whitaker
PHOTOGRAPHER - Rob Green

SYNOPSIS:

Rhoda becomes the Hempel Catalogue Department's new creative director. She has a brilliant idea requiring use of the WJM newsroom and begs Mary to ask Lou for permission to do a photo shoot there.


10 Questions with the Writer

1. Why would your TV SPEC be a perfect episode for the original show?

I think the brilliance of the Mary Tyler Moore Show was the dynamic relationship among the characters. I really focused on that as I developed this story.

I think this episode would have fit in perfectly in the original series because it exemplifies that delicate, humorous balancing act. Rhoda, in her exuberance, paints Mary into a corner. Mary has to break out of her comfort zone to balance her duty to Mr. Grant and to the newsroom while trying not to damage her friendship with Rhoda.

I believe the episode works because it captures both the comical and the meaningful relationship of these characters.

2. How long have you been writing scripts?

I've been writing scripts for about ten years. Though you might count the stuff I wrote around age nine or ten. I've always had a passion for film, TV, and the stage.

3. What is your favorite all-time TV SHOW?

This is always a tough question. There are so many to choose from! But the show that first really transfixed me for its wit, marvelous characters, style and inventiveness was The Avengers. I never tire of watching it.

4. What artists would you love to work with?

I would love to work with David Lloyd, Joseph Gordon Levitt, John Waters. Jo Anne Worley, Adele and Joss Whedon. Sound strange? Come on; we can make it work!!

5. How many stories have you written?

I've lost count of the number of stories I've written. They include short stories, novellas, novels, plays, and screenplays. I'll say 50. 50 is a nice number

6. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

In 5 years I really would love to be writing full-time for television. It remains my first love.

7. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

My writing routine is all over the place. No real set hours. I dictate whenever my muse is being chatty. That can be on a plane, in a coffee shop, or at 2 a.m.

8. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

If I'm not writing, I'm at home in the garden, or travelling, reading, adding to my antique telephone collection, and discovering new wineries.

9. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Script Contest?

I love that Wildsound offers feedback with each entry. It's INVALUABLE. I learn so much from constructive commentary.

10. Any advice or tips you'd like to pass on to other writers?

I know we always hear this, but it's true: read, read, read! And watch lots of TV and film and learn why a show or movie works for you or why it doesn't and use this as a guide when you write your own spec script. And be persistent and positive. Remember that not everyone is going to like what you write, but don't let that stop you!
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