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Review: ‘Lou Grant’ star Ed Asner fantastic in ‘Blue Bloods’ on CBS (Includes first-hand account)

Asner (Lou Grant and The Mary Tyler Moore Show) portrayed Chuck Kennedy (whom he calls “Mr. K”), a friend of Commissioner Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck), whose home was just invaded. Frank reassures him that the person who did it was caught and charged. Chuck reveals to Frank that he has a phobia of leaving his house, and if he goes outside, he can’t breathe, he pees on himself and makes a general nuisance of himself.

Frank is trying to explain the situation to him by comparing it to “The Great Escape.” Frank reassures him that he will have his back. “How come you got to be Garner, and I’m dead as a doornail Pleasance?” Chuck asks. Frank reminds him that he is afraid to go outside.

In these compelling scenes together, they sustained the audience’s attention. Selleck was remarkable and Asner showcased quick wit. Without giving too much away, Asner also steals the show at the end of the episode. One should not be surprised if he earns Emmy recognition for his bold and unflinching acting performance in Blue Bloods. Well done.

Read More: Digital Journal’s Markos Papadatos chatted with Ed Asner about his new book Son of a Junkman.

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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 17,000 original articles over the past 16 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a six-time consecutive "Best of Long Island" winner, and in the past three years, he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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