Mary Tyler Moore could be headed back to series TV after all.
Squashing speculation about a series revival of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” veteran thesp is instead set to star with Elon Gold in “Good as Gold,” a half-hour comedy pilot from exec producers Gold (“You’re the One”) and Ira Ungerleider (“Friends”) that’s being put together at Columbia TriStar Television for fall.
Gold will star as a character similar to himself in the show, which is based on his own experiences growing up with two brothers in a Jewish household. Moore’s set to play his mother. Elliott Gould (“Getting Personal,” “Friends”) will play Gold’s dad, while Jonathan Silverman (“The Single Guy”) has been cast as Gold’s small-screen sibling.
Col TriStar is self-funding the pilot, which has been in the studio’s hopper since last fall (Daily Variety, Oct. 19, 1999). CBS has first dibs on taking the show to series since Gold developed the script for the Eye. If CBS passes, Col TriStar will be able to shop the pilot around by June.
Production is expected to begin within the next two weeks.
Moore and Gold have worked together before: Gold played Moore’s boss in ABC’s recent “Mary Tyler Moore Show” reunion telepic. Despite solid Nielsen numbers for the pic, the Alphabet net passed on the chance to revive the “MTM” franchise as a weekly skein.
In addition to “MTM” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” Moore has made several other stabs at series television, including the 1995 CBS drama “New York News” and the 1985 laffer “Mary.” Both were short-lived.
Moore also had a recurring role on the Tea Leoni sitcom “The Naked Truth.” On the bigscreen, thesp was nominated for a best actress Oscar for her performance in 1981’s “Ordinary People” and won critical raves for her performance in the Ben Stiller starrer “Flirting With Disaster” (1996).
In addition to serving three years as a “Friends” scribe, Ungerleider created the NBC Thursday night laffer “Jesse.” This season, he’s been a consulting producer on the Eye’s “Ladies Man.”
Moore and Gold are repped by UTA, Ungerleider by ICM.