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Ed Asner as TV character Lou Grant
Hollywood: Seven or eight months ago Ed Asner, normally a gruffly warm and amusing man, was just plain gruff and irritable. He had grown accustomed to winning as a costar of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” Last fall he embarked on a new series, as a metropolitan newspaper editor, “Lou Grant.” His character was the same as on Mary’s show. After eight episodes “Lou Grant” was in danger of being cancelled by CBS. The opposition all but blew the fledgling series out of the pond. The opposition was baseball World Series, “The Godfather” and “Police Story.” Asner said: “It wasn’t until our ninth week on the air that we came up against our regular competition, ‘Family’. That was the first time we won our time slot,” Asner said. Photo posted 6/28/1978. (UPI Photo/Handout/Files)

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Ed Asner as TV character Lou Grant
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