Monday, December 5, 2016


There was nothing about Grant Tinker's career that could be considered minutiae, but what the spunk.....

My brother initiated this theme for his newspaper's daily "Morning 5" in honor of the late Grant Tinker, one of the giants in the TV industry.  Bill chose the 5 entries and a co-worker wrote it up.

Morning 5: Grant Tinker
November 30, 2016

Grant Tinker, who left his mark on TV from the 1970s through the ’90s, has died at age 90. His shows all ended with the cat at the top saying “Meow!” The signature was a parody of the MGM lion, based on the name of his production company – MTM – which stood for his former wife, Mary Tyler Moore. Here are five of Tinker’s most famous shows:

1. 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show': Alas, poor Chuckles! With spinoffs for Rhoda, Phyllis and Lou and featuring Terryville native Ted Knight.

2. 'The Bob Newhart Show': Hello, Bob.

3. 'Hill Street Blues': Let's be careful out there.

4. 'St. Elsewhere': It was all an autistic child’s fantasy, though a fat lady sang at the end.

5. 'Lou Grant': He hated spunk. Began where “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” ended, but quickly followed its own path.

The Morning 5 is always a quick item in the paper, so I hope you weren't expecting something in depth about his career.

And this is a "Minutiae Monday" blog post, after all.....


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