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IS 'BROOKLYN BRIDGE' TOO GOOD FOR TV.?

 IS 'BROOKLYN BRIDGE' TOO GOOD FOR TV.?
 /ADVANCE/ NEW YORK, Dec. 12 /PRNewswire/ --Marion Ross, who portrays


a Jewish matriarch in the new CBS television series, "Brooklyn Bridge," has suggested that the show, which has been searching for a permanent time slot, may be too good for television.
 "I don't want to say we're too good for TV," Ross told PARADE Contributing Editor James Brady, who interviewed her for this Sunday's issue, "though we have our work cut out for us. That doesn't mean our show is inaccessible. It's a one-camera show, which means that after every shot, they stop and reset and resume. This is shot like a feature film. This is the art of television."
 "My agents didn't even put me up for it (her role)," she confided. "I auditioned as one of these women sitting around smoking and playing mah-jongg. Then, the weekend before they started filming, Gary (Goldberg, the show's creator) called me and said, 'You're playing Sophie, the grandmother. You start Monday."'
 "I love this part," she added. "Sophie is so rich, so wonderfully written. You know, she's really Gary's own grandmother. This woman is so strong--and, as you know, women are stronger than men, smarter than men."
 Ross, who played Ron Howard's mother for 10 years on the series "Happy Days," said she was not at all surprised when Howard became a major film director. "Ron carries with him a sense of authority," she said. "He attracts respect and always did."
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 /CONTACT: Catherine Hemlepp of PARADE, 212-573-7047/ SM -- NYFNS2 -- 1735 12/12/91 07:30 EST
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