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The Best of Ed Asner on TVC
TV Confidential honors the memory of Ed Asner, the eight-time Emmy Award-winning actor known around the world as Lou Grant on both The Mary Tyler Moore Show and his own show, Lou Grant. Ed Asner passed away on Sunday, Aug. 29 at age ninety-one.

We are putting together a formal tribute to Ed Asner that will include memories from some colleagues of his that we’ve gotten to know as a result of doing this program. That will likely air later in September, and we will keep you posted as always. In the meantime, this week’s show includes encore presentations of two of our conversations with Ed over the past five years. We begin with a special edition of This Week in TV History that originally aired in October 2019, a few weeks before Ed Asner’s ninetieth birthday.

The Best of Ed Asner on TVC, Part 2
From March 2020: Ed welcomes back eight-time Emmy Award winner Ed Asner (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant, Elf, Disney Pixar’s UP, Briarpatch). Ed’s new memoir, Son of a Junkman: My Life from the West Bottoms of Kansas City to the Bright Lights of Hollywood, is a charming, funny, and often very poignant look at his life and career, from his colorful childhood as the son of a junkman in Kansas City to his spectacular acting career. Ed Asner passed away on Sunday, Aug. 29 at age ninety-one.

The Best of Ed Asner on TVC, Part 3
From March 2020: Legendary actor, author, and activist Ed Asner (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant, Elf, Disney Pixar’s UP, Briarpatch) talks about the roles that actor Richard Crenna and The House on Greenapple Road—a made-for-TV movie produced by Quinn Martin—both played in helping him land his signature role of Lou Grant. Ed Asner passed away on Sunday, Aug. 29 at age ninety-one.

The Best of Ed Asner on TVC, Part 4
From October 2020: Ed, Tony, and Donna welcome back Ed Asner, the eight-time Emmy Award-winning actor known around the world as Lou Grant both on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and his own hour-long spinoff series, Lou Grant. The 2020-2021 television marks the fiftieth anniversary of the premiere of the Moore show and, by extension, the Lou Grant character. Ed Asner’s memoir, Son of a Junkman: My Life from the West Bottoms of Kansas City to the Bright Lights of Hollywood, not only pays tribute to each of his cast members on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, but reveals the persons on whom he based his portrayal of Lou Grant. Ed Asner passed away on Sunday, Aug. 29 at age ninety-one.

The Best of Ed Asner on TVC, Part 5
From October 2020: Actor and author Ed Asner (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant, Son of a Junkman, The Grouchy Historian) talks to Ed, Tony, and Donna about “Chuckles Bites the Dust,” arguably the most famous episode of the Moore show; how Lou Grant brought many viewers into the world of print journalism; and who Ed would like to see cast as himself, if a movie were made about his life. Ed Asner passed away on Sunday, Aug. 29 at age ninety-one.

The Best of Ed Asner on TVC, Part 6
From October 2020: Ed, Tony, and Donna continue their conversation with Ed Asner, the eight-time Emmy Award-winning actor known around the world as Lou Grant both on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and his own hour-long spinoff series, Lou Grant. Topics this segment include Ed’s experiences playing two other iconic characters: Santa Claus, which he famously did in Elf, and God Almighty, whom Ed has played on at least two occasions (including the critically acclaimed political comedy God Help Us). Ed Asner passed away on Sunday, Aug. 29 at age ninety-one.

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