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Lou Grant (1977–1982)

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The trials of the former TV station manager, turned newspaper city editor, and his journalist staff.

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Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 24 wins & 72 nominations. See more awards »



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Complete series cast summary:
 Lou Grant (114 episodes, 1977-1982)
 Joe Rossi (114 episodes, 1977-1982)
 Charlie Hume (114 episodes, 1977-1982)
Jack Bannon ...
 Art Donovan (114 episodes, 1977-1982)
 Dennis "Animal" Price / ... (114 episodes, 1977-1982)
 Mrs. Pynchon (114 episodes, 1977-1982)
 Billie Newman (111 episodes, 1977-1982)
Allen Williams ...
 Adam Wilson / ... (94 episodes, 1977-1982)


After everyone on the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" got fired, Lou Grant went to Los Angeles and became city editor of the L.A. Tribune, owned by Mrs. Pynchon, with whom Lou often has loud but sympathetic arguments. Lots of social causes and interpersonal relationships. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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20 September 1977 (USA)  »

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During the run of the show, the reporters switched from using typewriters to VDTs (video display terminals). The brand name was taped over on all of the computers. See more »


Lou Grant: Well, I haven't gotten the memo yet, but any way that we can be protected from the nuts who call the city room would be great.
Mrs. Pynchon: That's not what the memo says. I asked you to be courteous to the nuts who call the city room.
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.82 (2010) See more »

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Excellent television series! Good shows like Lou Grant are not readily available.
2 October 1999 | by (US) – See all my reviews

James L. Brooks (As Good as it Gets, Terms of Endearment) was one of the producers and acted as executive producer of the fabulous series. Edward Asner (Mary Tyler Moore Show, Down on the Waterfront) played Lou Grant in a spin off of the Mary Tyler Moore Show. The editor of the L.A. Tribune. Nancy Marchand (Dear God ) Margaret Pynchon was the big boss and owner of the newspaper. She would show up occasionally with her good advice, a walking cane, and wearing a very expensive suit. Although she was the head, she was very nice. Mason Adams (From the Earth to the Moon) was Charlie Hume, Managing Editor. Robert Walden (All the President's Men) Joe Rossi, was a reporter. Linda Kelsey (The Midnight Man) played Billie Newman McCovey who was a very smart reporter. The most interesting thing about this show was the serious journalism they engaged in providing for the audience. The issues raised on the show were very current. It raised some controversy which might have affected the future existence of the show. It was an outstanding series. It was nice to see Lou Grant more mature in his carrier as a journalist. The series was nominated for and won the most prestigious awards in the U.S. such as: Emmy, Golden Globe, American Cinema Editors, USA, Directors Guild of America, USA, Human Family Educational & Cultural Institute, USA, Won Humanitas. The series was done by very intelligent people and demonstrated that television can be good when the people doing the show are bright. Unfortunately this is not always the case. Good shows like Lou Grants are not readily available.

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