Friday, May 14, 2010

NBC Cancels Original "Law & Order;" Launches Another

According to HitFix, NBC officially announced that "Law & Order" will not be back for the 2010-2011 season.  This ends the series at 20 seasons, tying it with Gunsmoke as the longest-running drama in primetime television history.  "Law & Order" won the 1997 Emmy for "Outstanding Drama Series." The series finale for "Law & Order" will air on Monday, May 24.

"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" has been picked up for a 12th season.  "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" will continue on USA.

NBC will begin "Law & Order: Los Angeles" for the 2010-11 season. The new show will also have the Law & Order brand's familiar storytelling structure, but set on the West Coast.  The new series is created by "Law and Order" creator Dick Wolf and Blake Masters.  No news on casting as yet.

I was an avid watcher of "Law & Order" beginning in 1994 until about the late 90s, often watching it on NBC and on whatever cable channel I could find repeats.  I don't watch as much TV as I used to, but I still find time for "Law & Order."  I am a little disappointed at this news, but there are so many episodes that I haven't seen and so many episodes in general that I can't really be sad.

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