Law & Order, the longest running crime series and the second longest-running drama series in the history of American broadcast television, started its 18th season on NBC in the winter of 2008. The brainchild of creator Dick Wolf, Law & Order is the most successful brand in the history of primetime television; the winner of the 1997 Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series; ties Cheers and M*A*S*H for the most consecutive best series nominations (eleven) and the longest-running drama series currently on American television. The series has also turned into one of entertainment's preeminent brands using a distinct ripped from the headlines format, and has spawned the successful spinoffs Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Crime & Punishment and Law & Order: Trial by Jury. Filmed entirely in and around New York City, this realistic yet fictional drama looks at crime and justice from a dual perspective. Law & Order has been renewed through 2009 and delivers some of the highest ratings on television, ranking fourth for any drama on any network among adults 18-49 for the past four full seasons. Season-to-date, the show remains a top-25 series among adults 18-49, a top-20 series in total viewers and one of the most upscale dramas on television. Law & Order was also television's #5 drama in overall total viewers for the 2003-04 season with an average of 15.9 million viewers. The acclaimed crime drama has chased away more than 20 competing dramas from the Wednesday (10-11 p.m. ET) hour since moving to that time period in 1992-1993. In 2006, after nearly fourteen years of airing at 10:00 PM, the series was moved to 9:00 PM to make room for the new NBC series Heist. After only two weeks, NBC opted to return the show to its 10:00 P.M. timeslot after the show fared poorly at 9:00 P.M.
We reported a few weeks back that the recently-canceled series Law & Order could have a chance for a record-breaking 21st season on a cable network but it seems that isn't the case anymore. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that TNT has no interest in picking up Law & Order after its cancellation.
It was also said that the Turner Broadcasting System which runs TNT as well as TBS holds the rerun rights to the show and have approval over any potential deal for Law & Order at other networks.Read More
We reported last week that NBC was canceling a long-running series and replacing it with a new version of the show and now it seems that the original show could find a new home on cable. Variety is reporting that Law & Order could be moving to TNT.
It was said that NBC and TNT have set up meetings to discuss the possibility of the show moving to the cable network. The series fell just one season shy of breaking Gunsmoke's record of longest-running drama series, with both shows tied at 20 seasons.Read More
NBC announced today its 2010-11 primetime schedule that is highlighted by five new comedies, seven new drama series and one new alternative program, including shows from such innovative hit-makers as J.J. Abrams, Jerry Bruckheimer and David E. Kelley, among others.
The high-quality series include new comedies such as Outsourced, Love Bites, Perfect Couples, Friends with Benefits and The Paul Reiser Show. The new dramas are The Cape, Harry's Law, Outlaw, Undercovers, The Event, Chase and Law & Order: Los Angeles.Read More
Olympic Gold Medalist Lindsey Vonn guest stars on Law & Order in Episode 20.23: "Rubber Room", which finds detectives investigate a potential school attack after video footage of explosives surface on an Internet blog site. When Lieutenant Anita Van Buren (S. Epatha Merkerson) discovers a blog site featuring video of an alarming amount of explosives, Detective Cyrus Lupo (Jeremy Sisto) and Detective Kevin Bernard (Anthony Anderson) race against time to find the anonymous blogger before plans to blow up a school are put into action. The Department of Education's refusal to take the threat seriously and resistance from the teachers' union further complicate the investigation. Fortunately, an administrative assistant at the teachers' union, Alicia (guest star Lindsey Vonn), gives the detectives a tip to lead them in the right direction. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Van Buren struggles to keep her personal issues from becoming public.
How did it feel when Bob Costas announced you'd be on the show?Read More
NBC has picked up the new drama "LOLA" (Law & Order: Los Angeles) as well as renewed Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for the 2010-11 season. In addition, NBC will end its historic and record-tying Law & Order when the mothership series concludes its 20th season on Monday, May 24 (10-11 p.m. ET).
The announcements were made today by Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC and Universal Media Studios.Read More
Law & Order is one season away from breaking Gunsmoke's record as longest-running dramatic series and one story reveals the show will break the record while another story reveals it won't. Deadline TV is reporting that NBC is now planning on canceling Law & Order, ending its chances for a record-breaking 21st season on the air.
The site called the move "surprising" since the network had indicated they would pick the show up and break the record, but now with their strong development slate mostly in place for the upcoming season, it seems they have decided to bring the show to an end.Read More