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Mary, Rhoda reunite

Moore, Harper in talks for new sitcom

Mary Tyler Moore and Valerie Harper, who starred as best friends in the 1970s classic “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” are in talks with several networks about reprising their roles from the seminal show for a new 20th Century Fox sitcom for fall 1998.

While CBS, which aired the original sitcom, has expressed some interest in the project and seems a logical choice, sources said Friday ABC is willing to make a large 13-episode commitment and is now the most likely contender for the project. A deal could be finalized as early as this week.

Sources say Moore and Harper are planning to return to their roles as Mary Richards and Rhoda Morgenstern. Each character will also now have a 20-something daughter. No writer is yet attached to the show.

Notably, 20th Century Fox recently acquired MTM, the producer of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” when News Corp. bought MTM’s parent company, Intl. Family Entertainment.

Twentieth Century Fox TV prexy Sandy Grushow is negotiating for the studio. Moore recently ankled the William Morris Agency and joined UTA, which is repping her on the project, along with her lawyer David Nochimson.

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