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Ed Asner filming sitcom pilot in Columbia

Ed Asner filming sitcom pilot in Columbia

Veteran TV actor Ed Asner is filming a sitcom pilot in Columbia.

The 86-year-old former president of the Screen Actors Guild, who has won Emmys for his work in such landmark series and mini-series as "Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Roots," plays the owner of a gym in the sitcom titled "Bennie's Gym."

Filming took place over the weekend and will wrap on Monday, according to Monica Bellais, one of the producers.

Bellais said Columbia was chosen because Michael Skinnner, who directed the pilot, has a production company in Washington and both the Maryland Film Office and Howard County sold the producers on how much filming there has to...