A seven-time Emmy winner, Asner is returning to prime time television in CMT's first scripted sitcom, "Working Class." The "Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Lou Grant" star is joining previously announced lead Melissa Peterman in the series about a blue-collar single mom who moves her family to a well-to-do suburb. Asner plays her misanthropic neighbor. CMT hopes it will hit the same ratings gold as TV Land did casting Betty White in "Hot in Cleveland."
The move is Asner's first regular series commitment since NBC's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" in 2006. He also was recently cast as Warren Buffett in HBO's telefilm "Too Big to Fail." The Green & Associates-repped actor was previously announced as having been cast in another CMT comedy pilot, "Regular Joe." The 12-episode multicamera series will launch in January.