Law & Order, the crime franchise's mother ship, was canceled by NBC after 20 seasons last May. USA Network has announced that the final eight episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent will air in early 2011. Ratings for freshman series Law & Order: Los Angeles are middling. And finally, the reliable Special Victims Unit is losing longtime show runner Neal Baer in June, at the same time contracts are up for the series' invaluable leads, Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni, whose last contract negotiations in the summer of 2009 went down to the wire. Come September, is it possible that for the first time in 21 years there could be no Law & Order show on television? Baer predicts a ratings bounce for SVU when the show moves from Wednesdays at 9pm back to 10pm come January 5; the sex-crimes show has consistently drawn better numbers in the later slot over the years. The drama currently averages 9.7 million viewers, down from its high of 15.2 million in the 2001-2002 season. "We're still doing compelling and memorable stories," Baer says, "and drawing great guest stars," including Drea de Matteo and Oscar winner Jeremy Irons, who will appear in 2011. "SVU can go on for a long time." According to a source close to the L&O franchise, no one on set or from the studio or network believes the show will end with Season 12. To Read More Click Here.
Law & Order fans! We may be saying goodbye to the original Law & Order this upcoming season, but don't forget the brand-new Law & Order: Los Angeles , which debuts Wednesday, September 29th at 10/9c on NBC. If you can't wait a whole month for new episodes of your favorite crime drama and its many spin-offs, check out the exclusive video assets below, including behind-the-scenes interviews with stars Corey Stoll and Skeet Ulrich, and a SVU-LA teaser promo! Law & Order: East Coast - West Coast Corey Stoll Interview Skeet Ulrich
Sorry Law & Order fans; the long-running drama will not end up on another network now that NBC has passed on ordering a 21st season. Executive Producer Dick Wolf told the nation's TV critics today in Beverly Hills that the show is officially dead and his focus will now be on launching Law & Order: Los Angeles on NBC this fall. I will confirm that it has moved to the history books,Â Wolf told reporters. We're extremely disappointed, but that's business, that's life. Every (show) is born under a death sentence. They just don't tell you the date of execution.Â NBC also announced today that Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow) and Corey Stoll (Salt) will join the cast of the spinoff, which will premiere Sept. 29. Howard will play a district attorney, as will Alfred Molina (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time). Stoll will play a detective and partner with Skeet Ulrich (Jericho). Source Here
It may be faint, but New York Magazine's Vulture blog is reporting that there may be hope for the original 'Law & Order.' According to the report, AMC, home to 'Mad Men' and 'Breaking Bad,' has contacted NBC Universal about producing new episodes of the crime procedural, which NBC canceled in May after a 20-year run. The cancellation reportedly was over money -- 'Law & Order' costs about $3 million per-episode to produce, and according to Vulture, producer Dick Wolf had been asked to reduce his per-episode producer fee to help offset that. NBC wanted him to cut the fee from $350,000 to $150,000 per episode, and when he refused, NBC canceled the show. Wolf has said he hoped to revive the show. But with prospects looking grim, what would 'Law & Order' look like on AMC? Would Wolf accept the cut? Would the show keep marquee stars like Sam Waterston? To Read More Click Here .
With TNT's reported pass on providing a home for new episodes of 'Law & Order' (or 'Law & Order Prime,' if you please), we move through denial to acceptance. Sigh. Goodbye Cutter, Rubirosa and Lupo. Sure, we sympathize with those who stopped watching. For some, the "O" in 'L & O' will always stand for 'Orbach'. Truth is, we'll miss the guest stars as much as the regulars. During the show's 20-year run, 'L &O's' visitors almost always matched the series' stellar cast. From up-and-comers to Broadway veterans, Manhattan is an island of great actors, and 'L & O' used them all. Another consistent casting coup of this serious procedural - comedians appeared in many a killer role. To Read More Click Here .
Producer Dick Wolf's plans to keep new episodes of 'Law & Order' on the air apparently won't involve TNT. Despite recent rumors to the contrary, the cable network isn't interested in picking up the recently canceled legal drama for its 21st season, reports the Los Angeles Times. The report comes as no surprise, as TNT recently announced major budget cuts for cop drama 'Southland,' the show it saved after NBC gave it the boot during its first season. 'Law & Order' ended its two-decade run on NBC on Monday. Wolf's next move is unclear, but according to recent reports, he's dead set on bringing 'Law & Order' back for another season, which could make it the longest-running TV drama in history. For now, fans can still expect to hear the famous "DUN DUN" sound effect with endless 'L&O' reruns on TNT, or on NBC's latest spinoff, 'Law & Order: Los Angeles,' which kicks off this fall. Source Here
24 and Law & Order aired their series finales on Monday night to middling ratings. The Fox spy series drew only 8.9 million viewers, a 13 percent drop from its Season 7 finale. After 20 seasons, Law & Order went off the air with only 7.6 million viewers, down 12 percent from last week's episode and 5 percent down from last year's season finale. Of the other finales that aired on Monday night, only The Big Bang Theory showed a gain, helping CBS to win the night overall. The geek comedy drew 14.8 million viewers, up 41 percent over its last season-ender. The other four CBS finales - How I Met Your Mother (8.2 million), Rules of Engagement (8.2 million), Two and a Half Men (15.4 million) and CSI: Miami (12.4 million) - were each down from their respective finales last season. Chuck's two-hour season finale on NBC brought in 5.1 million viewers, about the same as last week's episode and last season's finale. Over on ABC, Dancing with the Stars drew 19.1 million viewers, its lowest-rated Monday night this season. The Bachelorette also lagged, with only 9.2 million tuning in for the season premiere. Which shows did you watch on Monday? Source Here
Ahh! So many Monday night finales, so little time! A 2-hour Chuck finale that's sure to be epic, along with the last 24 episode ever ... not to mention the last performance round of Dancing with the Stars ! Did I mention this is all at 8/7c? I hope you're TiVo has some mad multitasking skills! See what else is new tonight: 8/7c Chuck on NBC -- season finale! 24 on Fox -- series finale! Dancing with the Stars on ABC How I Met Your Mother on CBS -- season finale! 10 Things I Hate About You (TV) on ABC Family 8:30/7:30c Rules of Engagement on CBS -- season finale! 9/8c The Bachelorette on ABC -- season premiere! Two and a Half Men on CBS -- season finale! 9:30/8:30c The Big Bang Theory on CBS -- season finale! 10/9c Law & Order on NBC -- series finale! CSI: Miami on CBS Nurse Jackie on Showtime Saving Grace on TNT The Real Housewives of New Jersey on Bravo 10:30/9:30c The United States of Tara on Showtime Don't forget to check out the SideReel editorial team's individual columns and Twitter accounts over at our new Reel Critics page to see what we have to say about tonight's TV! What will you be watching?
Watch a sneak peek of the new episode of LAW & ORDER "Love Eternal" Season 20 Episode 22 which airs Monday May 17 (8-10 p.m. ET) on NBC. Episode Summary: When a television crew from a style show goes in search of a fashion victim, Marielle Di Napoli (guest star Anna Gunn), they find a murder victim instead. As Detectives Cyrus Lupo (Jeremy Sisto) and Kevin Bernard (Anthony Anderson) investigate this unusual crime, they begin to suspect the victimâs wife, who has a violent and peculiar past. The case is further complicated when detectives discover the truth behind the victimâs financial situation. Also Starring: S. Epatha Merkerson (Lt. Anita Van Buren), Linus Roache (Executive A.D.A. Michael Cutter), Alana De La Garza (A.D.A. Connie Rubirosa) Sam Waterston (Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy). Source & Preview
Watch a sneak peek of the new episode of LAW & ORDER "Immortal" Season 20 Episode 21 which airs Monday May 17 (8-10 p.m. ET) on NBC. Episode Summary: When Jerome Turner (guest star Terence Archie) dies of stab wounds upon arrival at a hospital, Detectives Cyrus Lupo (Jeremy Sisto) and Kevin Bernard (Anthony Anderson) are called in to investigate. They soon discover that, unknown to everyone, Turner was leading a double life. Family tensions escalate as the detectives begin to unravel secrets of an exploited family. Also Starring: S. Epatha Merkerson (Lt. Anita Van Buren), Linus Roache (Executive A.D.A. Michael Cutter), Alana De La Garza (A.D.A. Connie Rubirosa) Sam Waterston (Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy) Source & Preview