The Mary Tyler Moore show had its reunion with its original cast members at the CBS Radford lot in Studio City. Valerie Harper and Cloris Leachman who will join Cleveland cast member Betty White.
The on-air reunion will be on TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland” set to air on September 4, 2013, in an episode titled “Love Is All Around.”
It marks the first time all five women have acted together since their 1970-77 series went off the air.
Though they have kept in touch over the years, the quintet also hasn’t been together in the same place since the 2012 SAG Awards, where Moore was honored with a career achievement award.
Asked whether there was more tears or laughter while they’ve been shooting Cleveland, Harper replied: “I would say laughter, and the tears come up, and they’re part of the laughter. Did you ever laugh ’til you cried? That’s been happening a lot. And the remembrances and the stories — it’s been wonderful, so full of life and joy and fun.”
“And heartbreak, and sadness, and loneliness, and torment…,” quipped Leachman to laughs.
Indeed, the actresses kept the throng of reporters, camera operators and publicists entertained throughout Thursday’s press conference. The vibe was upbeat and positive, with the cast’s chemistry clearly on display. Moore noted that they picked up right where they left off as if no time had passed.
“Even though we are playing different people [on Hot in Cleveland], we are still ourselves, and no matter where you put us, we will continue to be ourselves and interact as only you can when you’ve been together for a long, long time,” she said. “We’re grateful for the fact that we love each other. We’ve always gotten along. It would be different if it were one of those shows where we don’t speak. That wouldn’t have been any fun.”
The episode finds Elka (White) and Mamie Sue (Engel) deciding to get their bowling team — named GLOB: the Gorgeous Ladies of Bowling — back together. The team, which also includes, Diane (Moore), Peg (Leachman) and Angie (Harper), had a falling-out decades earlier after their championship season went to their heads.
When asked what motivated the Mary Tyler Moore group to reunite, Leachman quipped: “It wasn’t the money.”