Lou is the only witness to a neighborhood murder and is mystified by the way the police handle the case, thereby discovering a touchy area of crime. At the same time, a fatal fire in a gay bar poses Lou is intrigued by the closed restaurant down the street, which turns out to have been the scene of the murder of the famous boxer Baby Duarte in Animal is sent in for pictures, and becomes Lou and Rossi try to offer comfort to a staff reporter who returns to work the day after she is robbed and raped. Need some streaming picks for the month? Here are the buzz-worthy titles you're going to want to mark on your calendar. Watch the video. Tribune, owned by Mrs.
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A spinoff series, entitled Lou Grant — , was an hour-long serious dramatic series that frequently engaged in social commentary , featuring the character as city editor of the fictional Los Angeles Tribune. Although spin-offs are common on American television, Lou Grant remains one of a very few characters played by the same actor to have a leading role on both a popular comedy and a popular dramatic series e. Trapper John McIntyre , played by two actors. Although the setting of The Mary Tyler Moore Show might have implied that he was a native Minnesotan , Lou Grant in fact established that he was born in the fictional town of Goshen, Michigan. At some point in his youth and early adulthood he developed a lifelong affection for westerns , particularly those starring John Wayne.
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Lou Grant is an American drama television series starring Ed Asner in the title role as a newspaper editor that aired on CBS from September 20, , to September 13, Brooks and Allan Burns , along with Gene Reynolds. Grant mentions several times on Mary Tyler Moore that he had begun his career as a print journalist. Given the shift from comedy to drama in this show, the nature of Grant's interactions with others is toned down. References to Grant's oftentimes excessive drinking, which had been an ongoing comic theme on Mary Tyler Moore , were deemphasized on the new show. Despite the show's connection with The Mary Tyler Moore Show , none of that series' other regular characters ever appeared or were even referred to. The episodes often had Grant assigning Rossi and Billie to cover news stories, with the episode's plots revealing problems of the people covered in the stories as well as frustrations and challenges reporters experienced to get the stories. The younger reporters are frequently seen turning to Lou for guidance and mentorship over some of the hard questions and moral dilemmas they experience as they work on their stories. The series frequently delved into serious social issues, such as nuclear proliferation , mental illness , prostitution , gay rights , domestic violence , capital punishment , child abuse , rape and chemical pollution , in addition to demonstrating coverage of breaking news stories such as fires, earthquakes, and accidents of all kinds.