The Ted Baxter character necessitated acting adjustments on the part of Moore and Asner. The newsroom became sort of a newsroom, but more like a
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theatrical set. The desks and typewriters were props. On this set Mary and Lou interacted with the other people in the cast. The other characters either set up or participated in the jokes. Though the jokes emanated from our knowledge of the characters, you can be sure they were jokes.