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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ed Asner and Marion Ross have joined the cast of the new ABC Family drama CHASING LIFE. The '70's sitcom vets will portray "April's grandparents who come into to town to visit during the holidays, but end up causing trouble instead."
CHASING LIFE follows twenty-something April (Ricci), a smart and quick witted aspiring journalist who is trying to work her way up the ladder at a Boston newspaper by trying to impress her hard-nosed editor. When not pursuing the latest scoop, April tries to balance her ambitious career with her family - her widowed mom Sara (Keller), rebellious little sister Brenna (Ramm) and her grandmother. Just as things start to look up at work, home and on the romance front with co-worker Dominic (Brancatisano), April gets the devastating news from an estranged uncle that she has cancer. Aaron Kaplan ("GCB," "The Neighbors," "Terra Nova"), Susanna Fogel and Joni Lefkowitz will serve as executive producers.
Ed Asner, recipient of seven Emmy Awards (Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant) and 16 nominations, five Golden Globe Awards, and member of the TV Academy Hall of Fame, recently starred in the solo performance drama, FDR, based upon Dore Schary's Broadway hit Sunrise at Campobello, which ran 70 weeks on Broadway.
Mr. Asner's New York City Theatre credits include Ivanov, The Tempest, Face of a Hero, Grace, King Henry V, and Born Yesterday. Other theatrical credits include Woyzck, Volpone, Windoweis Houses, Dybbuk, Red Gloves, Murder in the Cathedral, Miss Julie, The Seagull, Peer Gynt, Juno and the Paycock, and Oedipus Rex. Additional Television work includes appearances as a recurring guest star on the television series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and an Emmy Award Winning role as Captain Davies in the mini-series Roots.
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