February 07, 2000 12:00 PM

ABC (Mon., Feb. 7, 8 p.m. ET)

“Oh, Rhoda, are we in our twilight years?” says Mary (Mary Tyler Moore) to her best friend (Valerie Harper). It is a little late in the day for a TV movie to revive characters from the beloved Mary Tyler Moore Show of 1970-77. Mary, now a congressman’s widow in New York City, returns to television news and feels some funny frustration at the channel-surfer mentality of her boss (Elon Gold). But Rhoda has been given a far-fetched past—divorce from a French philanderer followed by a “spiritual quest”—and a nearly laughless present as an aspiring photographer. She’d be better off reconciling with her regular-Joe hubby from the spinoff series Rhoda (1974-78). Mary and Rhoda each have a daughter in college, but those younger-generation types won’t stay in our minds for two hours, much less the next 20-odd years.

Bottom Line: Can’t measure up to the memories

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