TV leg­end de­mands re­turn from the grave

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IN a twist wor­thy of a “Curb Your En­thu­si­asm” plot, Ed As­ner— the 87-year-old for­mer “Mary Tyler Moore Show” star — told the au­di­ence at a 92nd Street Y talk that he asked cre­ator and star Larry David to bring him back to the HBO hit this year — even though his char­ac­ter died on the show back in Sea­son 2. (“Curb” just re­tuned for its ninth sea­son af­ter a hia­tus.) On­the show, As­ner played the fa­ther of a broke for­mer “Satur­day Night Live” writer who tells David that his dad has se­ri­ous heart trou­bles and will die soon — but won’t give his son any money un­til af­ter he’s dead. So David ad­vances his pal $5,000 to be re­paid when his fa­ther dies. Also at the As­ner event was for­mer “Mary Tyler Moore Show” writer/pro­ducer Ed. Wein­berger, who re­called vis­it­ing the White House dur­ing the Gerald Ford ad­min­is­tra­tion. “He said that when they walked into a Joint Chiefs of Staff meet­ing, all the mil­i­tary brass cut short their plan­ning ses­sion — com­plete with maps and minia­ture ships — to rush over and ask Mary for her au­to­graph,” a spy said. As­ner and Wein­berger’s new book is ti­tled “The Grouchy His­to­rian.”

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