A few days ago, tvshowsondvd.com announced that Shout! Factory will be releasing the first season of the critically acclaimed late 1970s/early 1980s CBS drama "Lou Grant" on DVD on May 3. http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Lou-Grant-Season-1/21973 This is great news in my opinion. I can only hope that all five seasons of "Lou Grant" will eventually see release. I'm a big fan of the shows that MTM Enterprises created in the 1970s and 1980s -- among them "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "The Bob Newhart Show," WKRP in Cincinnati," "The White Shadow," "Hill Street Blues" and "St. Elsewhere," in addition to 'Lou Grant." These series were marked by high-quality writing and often deftly mixed drama and comedy. I watched "Lou Grant" reruns on A&E back in the 1990s when I was in high school. Part of the reason I became hooked on the show is that I was contemplating becoming a journalist -- a career path that I indeed did follow. But one need not be a journalist to appreciate the quality of this series, which never shied away from tackling complex issues. I rewatched the first three seasons on Hulu last year (those are all that's available), and, sure, the series is dated in some ways, but I thought it held up surprisingly well. Many of the topics addressed still apply today, and the show nicely mixes drama and the sarcastic humor of a newsroom. "Lou Grant" might be the best TV newspaper drama ever; it's certainly one of the best. Here are the first two paragraphs of the news release on tvshowsondvd.com. This is a pretty good description of the show for those who aren't familiar with it: "Following the end of The Mary Tyler Moore Show in March of 1977, the folks at CBS didn't waste any time spinning off one of the show's most popular characters into his own program. Lou Grant debuted in September 1977, and ran for 5 seasons. Ed Asner moved from Minneapolis (where the previous sitcom was set) to Los Angeles, where he becomes City Editor for a fictitious newspaper called The Los Angeles Tribune. What was striking that the new show was a drama, and Asner played the same character transitioning from a comedy show to a serious one. "The paper was owned by a character played by Nancy Marchand (who later played mother "Livia" on The Sopranos). But Lou directly reported to his old friend who gave him his new job, Charlie Hume, played by Mason Adams (best otherwise remembered as the U.S. president in Omen III: The Final Conflict). One of the reporters who worked for Lou, Joe Rossi, was played by Robert Walden (who went on to lead in Showtime's 1984 series Brothers). Walden and Adams were nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award three times for their roles on this show. Marchand was nominated five times, once for each season, winning it four of those times. Also nominated in all five seasons was Linda Kelsey, who played reporter "Billie Newman." Asner himself was nominated in all five seasons, and won two Emmy Awards for this show . . . adding to the three he received for the same role on The Mary Tyler Moore Show."