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Lou Grant: Season 3: Episode 24 -- Investigating allegations that a motorcycle being marketed to young people is unsafe, Rossi is offered proof by a whistle blower at the company, but Mrs. Pynchon refuses on principle to pay the $4000 he wants for the documents.
Lou Grant: Season 3: Episode 23 -- Francie Fitzgerald, whom Lou thinks is an Irish colleague, turns out to be a gunrunner for the IRA. The reporters of the Tribune learn more about the "Troubles" and Art gets annoyed when people think his Irish ancestry makes him an expert on the matter.
Lou Grant: Season 3: Episode 22 -- Lou has to decide how to handle a co-worker's drinking problem. Mrs. Pynchon gets courted by a group of prominent businessmen, who have a secret agenda.
Lou Grant: Season 3: Episode 21 -- After the theft of Mrs. Pynchon's dog Barney, the Tribune looks into the underreported problem of dogfighting. Rossi goes undercover to catch an interstate dogfighting ring.
Lou Grant: Season 3: Episode 20 -- A power outage cripples most of the city, including the offices of the L.A. Tribune. If the staff can't find a way to get the next paper out, it will be the first time in 64 years that the Trib misses a day.

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20 September 1977 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
After everyone on the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" got fired, Lou Grant went to Los Angeles and became city editor of the L.A... See more »
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Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 24 wins & 72 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Edward Asner ... Lou Grant (114 episodes, 1977-1982)

Robert Walden ... Joe Rossi (114 episodes, 1977-1982)

Mason Adams ... Charlie Hume (114 episodes, 1977-1982)
Jack Bannon ... Art Donovan (114 episodes, 1977-1982)

Daryl Anderson ... Dennis "Animal" Price / ... (114 episodes, 1977-1982)

Nancy Marchand ... Mrs. Pynchon (114 episodes, 1977-1982)

Linda Kelsey ... Billie Newman (111 episodes, 1977-1982)
Allen Williams ... Adam Wilson (89 episodes, 1977-1982)
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Series Directed by
Alexander Singer (18 episodes, 1977-1982)
Roger Young (14 episodes, 1978-1982)
Burt Brinckerhoff (13 episodes, 1978-1982)
Gene Reynolds (11 episodes, 1977-1981)
Peter Levin (10 episodes, 1979-1982)
Mel Damski (7 episodes, 1977-1978)
Charles S. Dubin (6 episodes, 1977-1979)
Allen Williams (4 episodes, 1980-1982)
Alan Cooke (3 episodes, 1979-1982)
Seth Freeman (3 episodes, 1981-1982)
Jay Sandrich (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
Harvey S. Laidman (2 episodes, 1978-1981)
Gerald Mayer (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Donald A. Baer (2 episodes, 1980)
Paul Stanley (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
 
Series Writing credits
James L. Brooks (114 episodes, 1977-1982)
Allan Burns (114 episodes, 1977-1982)
Gene Reynolds (114 episodes, 1977-1982)
Leon Tokatyan (114 episodes, 1977-1982)
Seth Freeman (21 episodes, 1977-1982)
Michele Gallery (18 episodes, 1978-1982)
Steve Kline (11 episodes, 1979-1982)
April Smith (11 episodes, 1980-1982)
David Lloyd (6 episodes, 1977-1982)
Bud Freeman (6 episodes, 1978-1981)
Gary David Goldberg (5 episodes, 1978-1979)
Leonora Thuna (3 episodes, 1977-1979)
Johnny Dawkins (3 episodes, 1979-1981)
Michael Vittes (3 episodes, 1979-1981)
Patt Shea (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
Harriett Weiss (2 episodes, 1980-1981)

Series Produced by
Gene Reynolds .... executive producer / producer (93 episodes, 1977-1982)
Seth Freeman .... producer / co-producer (92 episodes, 1978-1982)
Michael Vittes .... associate producer (68 episodes, 1979-1982)
Roger Young .... associate producer (38 episodes, 1977-1979)
James L. Brooks .... executive producer (22 episodes, 1977-1978)
Allan Burns .... executive producer (22 episodes, 1977-1978)
Gary David Goldberg .... producer (16 episodes, 1978-1979)
 
Series Original Music by
Patrick Williams (83 episodes, 1977-1982)
Shirley Walker (2 episodes, 1980)
 
Series Cinematography by
Robert F. Liu (68 episodes, 1979-1982)
Robert Caramico (29 episodes, 1977-1979)
William K. Jurgensen (5 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Film Editing by
James Galloway (27 episodes, 1977-1982)
A. David Marshall (19 episodes, 1979-1982)
Mike Wilcox (14 episodes, 1980-1982)
Douglas Hines (13 episodes, 1977-1979)
Tony de Zarraga (8 episodes, 1977-1978)
Bob Blake (7 episodes, 1979-1980)
Michael Vittes (5 episodes, 1978-1981)
Scott C. Eyler (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
 
Series Casting by
Fran Bascom (92 episodes, 1977-1981)
Eileen Mack Knight (22 episodes, 1981-1982)
 
Series Art Direction by
Richard Berger (52 episodes, 1980-1982)
Kenneth A. Reid (24 episodes, 1978-1979)
Sydney Z. Litwack (22 episodes, 1977-1978)
Elizabeth Bousman (10 episodes, 1979-1980)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Charles Korian (44 episodes, 1978-1982)
Bob Gullickson (17 episodes, 1980-1981)
Cloudia Rebar (13 episodes, 1978-1979)
Jacqueline S. Price (11 episodes, 1977)
Barbara Down (8 episodes, 1979-1980)
Don Greenwood Jr. (2 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Makeup Department
Jean Austin .... hair stylist / makeup artist (114 episodes, 1977-1982)
Webster C. Phillips .... makeup artist (79 episodes, 1979-1982)
Frank Griffin .... makeup artist (25 episodes, 1977-1978)
Dave Grayson .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Production Management
Ted Rich .... post-production supervisor (114 episodes, 1977-1982)
Abby Singer .... executive in charge of production (44 episodes, 1980-1982)
John Slosser .... unit production manager (39 episodes, 1980-1982)
Donald A. Baer .... production manager (34 episodes, 1977-1979)
Robert S. Mendelsohn .... unit production manager (29 episodes, 1979-1980)
Carol Himes .... production manager (22 episodes, 1980-1981)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carl Dubliclay .... second assistant director / first assistant director (72 episodes, 1977-1982)
Paul Nichols .... first assistant director / assistant director (23 episodes, 1977-1980)
Barbara Gelman .... second assistant director (22 episodes, 1981-1982)
Peter Bogart .... first assistant director (19 episodes, 1980-1982)
Carol Smetana .... second assistant director / first assistant director (17 episodes, 1980-1981)
John Slosser .... first assistant director (15 episodes, 1978-1980)
William A. Morrison .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1978)
Stephen Lim .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1979-1982)
Jack Aldworth .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1977)
Shirleen Brazell .... second assistant director (3 episodes, 1977)
Mel Efros .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1977)
Joseph M. Ellis .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1977)
Cyrus Yavneh .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1977)
Rick Wallace .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1981)

Kalai Strode .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Gene Cox .... property master (114 episodes, 1977-1982)
Pat Grande .... construction coordinator (74 episodes, 1977-1980)
Jerry Fitzpatrick .... construction coordinator (18 episodes, 1980-1981)

Lloyd R. Apperson .... construction foreman (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Dean Vernon .... sound mixer (114 episodes, 1977-1982)
Donald J. Malouf .... sound editor (44 episodes, 1980-1982)
Dale Johnston .... sound effects editor / sound editor / ... (42 episodes, 1977-1980)
Jeff Clark .... assistant sound editor (36 episodes, 1980-1981)
Kevin Sorensen .... sound utility (24 episodes, 1979-1980)
Tony Garber .... sound effects editor (3 episodes, 1977)

John S. Coffey .... sound mixer (unknown episodes)
Jeremy Hoenack .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Charlie Picerni .... stunts (2 episodes, 1977)

Mickey Alzola .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Jean Coulter .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Tom Elliott .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Gene LeBell .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Jesse Wayne .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Walt Andrus .... assistant camera (90 episodes, 1977-1981)
Merle Miller .... electrical gaffer / electric gaffer (45 episodes, 1979-1981)
Charles R. Young .... camera operator (41 episodes, 1980-1982)
Tom Long .... key grip (30 episodes, 1978-1980)
Jack Harmon .... electrical gaffer / gaffer (28 episodes, 1977-1979)
Joe Meshelski .... key grip (24 episodes, 1978-1981)
Peter Hapke .... camera operator (24 episodes, 1979-1980)
Lowell Peterson .... first assistant camera (24 episodes, 1981-1982)
Jonathan West .... camera operator / assistant camera (23 episodes, 1977-1978)
William Santoro .... key grip / electrical gaffer (20 episodes, 1977-1978)
Robert F. Liu .... camera operator (13 episodes, 1977)
Wallace E. Johnson .... camera operator (9 episodes, 1978-1979)
Jay Johnson .... key grip (5 episodes, 1977)
Ron Knox .... electrical gaffer (5 episodes, 1977)
Dixon Wimpy .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1979)
Robert E. Simpson .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1981)

Kenneth Zunder .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Leslie Hall .... costumer: women / costumes: women (114 episodes, 1977-1982)
Louis Infante .... costumer: men (92 episodes, 1978-1982)
Ed Fincher .... costumer: men (18 episodes, 1977-1978)
Ronald Wind .... costumer: men (2 episodes, 1977)

Loree Parral .... set costumer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Bob Young .... post-production assistant (20 episodes, 1980-1981)
Susan Heick .... assistant editor (19 episodes, 1979-1981)
Philip Carr Neel .... assistant editor (14 episodes, 1978-1981)
Joe Ann Fogle .... assistant editor (13 episodes, 1979-1981)
Daniel T. Cahn .... assistant editor (8 episodes, 1981-1982)
Gary Blair .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
John Heath .... assistant editor (3 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Music Department
Daniel Allan Carlin .... music editor (51 episodes, 1977-1981)
Jim Weidman .... music editor (36 episodes, 1980-1982)
Patrick Williams .... conductor / composer: theme music (31 episodes, 1977-1981)
 
Series Transportation Department
Paul Shoemaker .... transportation captain (91 episodes, 1977-1981)
Frank Khoury .... transportation (3 episodes, 1978)
Chris Haynes .... driver (2 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Other crew
Janice Carr .... production coordinator (113 episodes, 1977-1982)
Bonnie Green .... assistant to executive producer / researcher / ... (113 episodes, 1977-1982)
Allan Burns .... executive consultant (92 episodes, 1978-1982)
Michele Gallery .... creative consultant / research assistant / ... (74 episodes, 1977-1982)
Meryl O'Loughlin .... executive in charge of talent / talent executive (70 episodes, 1977-1980)
Susan Freedman .... research assistant / research / ... (67 episodes, 1978-1981)
April Smith .... story editor / executive story editor (61 episodes, 1979-1982)
George Rutter .... script supervisor (42 episodes, 1979-1982)
Lionel A. Ephraim .... production executive: MTM Enterprises (34 episodes, 1977-1979)
Leon Tokatyan .... executive story consultant / creative consultant / ... (34 episodes, 1977-1979)
Marybeth Roden .... assistant to producers / assistant to producer (33 episodes, 1978-1980)
Martin Ryan Rosenberg .... location coordinator (31 episodes, 1977-1979)
Gary David Goldberg .... creative consultant (24 episodes, 1979-1980)
Abby Singer .... production executive: MTM Enterprises (24 episodes, 1979-1980)
Geri Windsor .... executive in charge of talent (24 episodes, 1981-1982)
Seth Freeman .... story editor (22 episodes, 1977-1978)
Carol Straughn .... assistant to executive producers (22 episodes, 1977-1978)
Steve Kline .... script consultant / creative consultant (22 episodes, 1980-1981)
Maggie Wittenburg .... location manager (22 episodes, 1980-1981)
Deborah Barylski .... assistant to the producer (20 episodes, 1980-1981)
Jim Carberry .... location manager (19 episodes, 1981-1982)
Bonnie Prendergast .... script supervisor (15 episodes, 1977-1978)
Joni Chadkin .... location manager (14 episodes, 1979-1980)
James L. Brooks .... executive consultant (12 episodes, 1978-1979)
Gail Bellamy .... script supervisor (9 episodes, 1980-1981)
Nancy Greene .... script supervisor (8 episodes, 1978-1979)
Veronica K. Ehrenreich .... assistant to producers / assistant to producer (5 episodes, 1978)
Barbara Amato .... script supervisor (4 episodes, 1978)
Cynthia Shaha .... assistant to executive producer (4 episodes, 1981)
Cleo Anton .... script supervisor (3 episodes, 1977)
Sandy Nelson .... script supervisor (3 episodes, 1979-1981)
David Lawson .... location manager / location coordinator (3 episodes, 1979)
Carol Johnsen .... assistant to producer (3 episodes, 1980)
Betty McKeller .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1978)
Lloyd Nelson .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1981)
Deborah Sarylski .... assistant to the producer (2 episodes, 1981)
Bob Young .... assistant to associate producer (2 episodes, 1981)

Art Scholl .... pilot (unknown episodes, 1981)
Jeffrey A. Humphreys .... studio utility (unknown episodes)
 

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Germany:50 min (113 episodes) | USA:60 min (114 episodes)
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Trivia:
A spinoff of the sitcom "Mary Tyler Moore" (1970), this is one of the only dramatic series in American TV history to originate from a comedy series.See more »
Quotes:
Lou Grant:Talk to Dr. Shephard at the Historical Society, find out what's in the time capsule. Give me a little 'Gee whiz, nothing ever stays the same' or 'Gee whiz, nothing ever changes.'See more »
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Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #22.207" (2006)See more »

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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
30 years ago.....One of the greatest dramatic shows of the 1970's "Lou Grant" made television history, 4 December 2007
Author: rcj5365 from Durham, North Carolina

In the final episode of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"(CBS-TV:1970-1977),when everyone but idiotic anchorman Ted Baxter was fired from station WJM-TV in Minneapolis in 1977,Mary Richards and her fellow casualties were left reeling. It was a bittersweet finale for the beloved series after seven seasons. Then Mary's old crusty boss,station news director Lou Grant,made a smooth transition. Within weeks,he had blown Minneapolis and snagged a good job in Los Angeles as the city editor of The Tribune. That's right:Lou Grant went from the glamour and glitz of TV news(such as it was at bumbling WJM) to embrace print journalism. At The Tribune,the formerly comic Lou(still played by Edward Asner)got serious about news. What resulted was "Lou Grant," a superlative drama series that became one of the greatest dramatic shows ever to embrace the mid-1970's. This was a grand series that arrived in the blazing afterglow of Watergate coverage and the rehealing from the aftermath of the Vietnam War. The bracing message of that era: Two dogged reporters(and a newspaper that backed them up)could change the world-and earn the public's adoration.

Anti-press fulminations from the Nixon administration were largely nullified by scandals and disgrace in the White House. It was only later that an anti-media crusade took hold,drawing the battle lines between the press and the government,and breeding suspicion among much of the citizenry. It was later,as well,that newspapers were obliged to adapt to emerging,unimagined challenges:new media platforms,"citizen journalists",and information-dispersing gadgets with global reach that anyone could buy. The Trib reporters were spared these distractions and identity crises. For them,news still took the form of ink on paper,preferably with comics,crosswords puzzles,and horoscopes were part of the deal. The zeitgeist of "Lou Grant" was set forth in the clever opening sequence and this show celebrated it. Sure it may seem primitive that,in its first season,Trib reports were getting information and their sources with pencil and paper and banging out their stories on the typewriters. But "Lou Grant" was breaking ground from its debut on September 20,1977 producing 114 episodes for CBS-TV until the series finale on September 13,1982. Produced under Mary Tyler Moore's production company,MTM Productions.

Reconfiguring a half-hour sitcom into a hour long drama was risky. The show dared to populate "Lou Grant" with a full-out ensemble cast which not only included Ed Asner,but also Robert Walden who played driven young investigate reporter Joe Rossi;Mason Adams as Managing Editor Charlie Hume;Linda Kelsey as reporter Billie Newman determined to make good in what was at the time a male-domination profession along with another ambitious young girl reporter Carla Mardigian portrayed by Rebecca Balding(who lasted one season). Also on board was the glorious Nancy Marchand(later,of course Tony's craven mother on "The Sopranos")was Mrs. Pynchon,who was the genteel owner of the Trib. Taking full advantage of its news-oriented setting,this was a brilliant series that dealt with issues ranging from nuclear accidents to religious freedom,media ethics and civil and social rights. This was a big-hearted series that won 13 Emmys,two Humanita Prizes and a Peabody award among many honors. This was drama-comedy hybrid that emerged from the series creators:James L. Brooks and Allan Burns(the writers-producers from "Mary Tyler Moore"),along with Gene Reynolds(who was not only the principal behind the TV incarnation of "M*A*S*H",but also was the producer of such shows as "Room 222"). This was a series that broke ground in the way television dramas are depicted and to this day it still holds the title some 30 years later.

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