Celebrate the life of Ed Asner with a star-studded production of ''It's a Wonderful Life''

Sponsored by MeTV, this live virtual event will benefit the Ed Asner Family Center.

This year, we lost beloved stage and screen icon Ed Asner. While many remember him as the grump-with-a-heart-of-gold boss Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and the spin-off Lou Grant, a number of people hold him close to their hearts as Santa Claus in Elf.

So it's fitting that this celebration of Asner's life is the very festive holiday classic, It's a Wonderful Life. The virtual table read, which will benefit the Ed Asner Family Center, stars Ted Lasso star Jason Sudeikis as the dreamer George Bailey with his real-life uncle George Wendt as Uncle Billy.

Appearing alongside Sudeikis and Wendt are Hollywood stars such as Rosario Dawson, Mark Hamill, Mandy Patinkin, Martin Sheen, Lou Diamond Phillips, Phil Lamarr, Ben Mankiewicz, Ron Funches, Ed Harris, and more. The virtual gala will be hosted by Tom Bergeron. 

The virtual live table read, sponsored by MeTV, will take place on Sunday, December 5 at 5 p.m. PST. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at http://teafc.org/wonderful.

Proceeds will benefit the Ed Asner Family Center, which promotes mental health and enrichment programs to children with special needs and their families.

“My father’s passing has left an indescribable hole in my heart. For our annual fundraising gala this year, I want to honor my father’s legacy as both a legendary actor and a staunch advocate for people of all abilities," says Matt Asner, son of Ed Asner & Co-Founder of The Ed Asner Family Center.

"I would like to thank Turner Classic Movies for partnering to support our effort to raise much needed funds for special needs families and I am eternally grateful for the support shown by our amazing cast. I would also like to thank MeTV for their generous sponsorship of this event,” says Asner.

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Nala92129 30 months ago
A Holiday movie I love is "The Gathering," starring Mr. Asner.
15inchBlackandWhite 30 months ago
Asner would be the perfect choice to play Potter. Pity he's not around to do it.
Opa 30 months ago
My Mom went to High School with Mr. Asner and his brother. From what I remember being said, he came from a prominent business family in KCK. Just another normal kid that did well from hard work and determination.
VanHalen 30 months ago
Sorry folks, but, I never thought of him as any talent at all.
kmarsh12 30 months ago
This seems a nice thing to do. I hope it is recorded and available for future viewers/contributors.
Pacificsun 30 months ago
Not to be the Grinch who Stole Christmas. Because I don’t steal. And wouldn’t want the Grinch! But a philanthropic sideline for a classic TV network, is a slippery slope. Nobody better deserved the tribute than Mr. Asner. Consummate performer. But wait. Maybe there should’ve been a few others, what say you. And what happens when the next favorite actor meets his EOD? Is somebody going to cry fowl that their charity isn’t being honored. I mean so publicly speaking. Then, do the fans of Me_Classic_TV dig into their pockets again? Now we’ve got chronically repetitive advertising on during the programs. Paying cable to carry MeTV. Promoting the MeTV store. And, oh yes, the pesky cancel your ad blocker wall. So we can display more opportunities to you sell you something.

I know, sitting around the conference table somebody said, we’ll worry about the future when it arrives. But there might be a few fans saddened by their missed opportunity to donate to other favorite actor-charities. MTM immediately comes to mind. Could fans and can fans seek those organizations. Of course. It’s just that ~IF~ the perception of MeTV’s favoritism or opportunism is mistaken, then the question of balance comes into play. Better start planning now for the passing of the next generation of beloved characters. Sad as it will be. We’re barely just touching the ‘80’s.
Pacificsun 30 months ago
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cperrynaples 30 months ago
Are there any plans for either MeTV or TCM to tape this show for broadcast?
cperrynaples 30 months ago
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