this is a direct quote from cnn NBC has officially confirmed reports that the original "Law & Order" series is canceled. Its last episode will be on Monday, May 24. But, as we reported earlier, that doesn't mean the spinoffs are also disappearing: NBC has officially picked up "LOLA," a Los Angeles based version of "Law & Order," and "Law & Order: SVU" is moving forward. Said NBC president Angela Bromstad in the release, " âLaw & Orderâ has been one of the most successful franchises in the history of television, which is why it is so critical that we continue this important brand and our relationship with Dick Wolf and his team with âLOLAâ and âLaw & Order: SVU.â " The network didn't provide a reason for the cancellation.
NBC has canceled Law & Order , it announced Friday, putting the seminal Dick Wolf procedural one season shy of becoming the longest-running drama series in TV history. In addition, the network ordered a new spin-off, Law & Order: Los Angeles, and renewed Law & Order: Special Victims Unit . Law & Order will air its 20th-season and series finale Monday, May 24 at 10/9c. "The full measure of the collective contributions made by Dick Wolf and his Law & Order franchise over the last two decades to the success of NBC and Universal Media Studios cannot be overstated," Jeff Gaspin, chairman of NBC Universal Television Entertainment, said in a statement. "The legacy of his original Law & Order series will continue to make an impact like no other series before." To Read More Click here .
Can you guys keep up with all of these cancellations today?! From THR: Some wonder how low rated an NBC show needs to be to get canceled. This is it. NBC has put the medical drama "Mercy" out of its misery. The long-struggling Wednesday night freshman drama most recently pulled a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49 in the 9 p.m. hour. The network also officially pulled the plug on its other freshman medical drama this season, "Trauma." NBC executives indicated the show was cancelled once already this season, then ordered a few additional episodes once it became clear "The Jay Leno Show" wasn't going to last. "Trauma" was averaging around a 1.7 rating in its final days. "Mercy" and "Trauma" joins "Law & Order" on the NBC axe-list, which after a protracted struggle officially got cut this morning.
Now this is what I call a Law & Order twist: NBC is declining to comment on a Deadline report claiming the network has opted to not to renew the long-running procedural for what would have been a record-breaking 21st season. If true, it means Dick Wolf will have to settle for simply tying Gunsmoke's record as TV's longest-running drama series. 'It's a fluid situation, 'says a source close to the talks. 'It's not a done deal. It's possible this is just a negotiations tactic.' I'm told the L&O drama is not expected to have an impact on the expected renewal of Law & Order: SVU and imminent pickup of new spinoff Law & Order: Los Angeles. Developing... Source Here
Watch a sneak peek of the new episode of LAW & ORDER "The Taxman Cometh" Season 20 Episode 20 which airs Monday May 10 (8-10 p.m. ET) on NBC. Episode Summary: Detectives Cyrus Lupo (Jeremy Sisto) and Kevin Bernard (Anthony Anderson) are called in to investigate the death of a young heiress, Annie Douglas (guest star Morgan Lynch), who died of an apparent drug overdose. The detectives begin to suspect her cousin, Randy (guest star Daniel Abeles), whose inheritance was increased due to Annie's death. As the investigation continues, Annie's greedy relatives reveal another recent loss in the group. The case becomes more than a family matter as an experimental cancer clinic, fraudulent adoptions and unborn children are tied into the case. 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 "Crashers" Season 20 Episode 19 which airs Monday May 3 (8-10 p.m. ET) on NBC. Episode Summary: When the body of a young model, Brenna Lane (guest star Sabina Gadecki), is found burning in an alley, Detective Cyrus Lupo (Jeremy Sisto) and Detective Kevin Bernard (Anthony Anderson) go in search of her killer. With no witnesses, the detectives must retrace the victim's last steps to get insight into her final days. They quickly discover that just before her death, Brenna crashed an upscale political event, hosted by Senator Peterson (guest star Tony Roberts) and his wife, Camille (guest star Kathy Baker). As secrets unfold, Lupo and Bernard realize that they must untangle an intricate web of lies to obtain the truth about Brenna Lane's murder. Also starring: Alana de la Garza (Asst. D.A. Consuela Rubirosa), S. Epatha Merkerson (Lieutenant Anita Van Buren) and Sam Waterston (District Attorney Jack McCoy). Source & Preview
Law & Order star Alana De La Garza is expecting her first child with husband Michael Roberts, People reports. "The cast and crew are so wonderful. When I told them I was pregnant it was like telling my second family," she told People of the series, which she joined as ADA Connie Rubirosa in 2006. "They're just so excited and I'm over the moon." The 33-year-old actress is due in October and says her pregnancy will be written into the show. "[It's] really exciting especially since Law & Order isn't really a character-driven show," De La Garza told People. "In the season finale there's a scene in a bar and I was joking around with everyone as we were filming, saying, 'Oh, I think tonight's the night Connie gets knocked up!'" Law & Order has not yet been renewed, but is expected to return in the fall for its record-breaking 21st season. De La Garza and Roberts have been married since May 2008. Source Here
After 16 years, S. Epatha Merkerson is leaving Law & Order at the end of this season, TVGuide.com has confirmed. "It's a graceful way to go. It's the end of my contract this year, and the story line has been so perfect," the 57-year-old actress told Entertainment Weekly, which first reported the news. "I've given it my best for 16 years. It's time to move on. I'm doing other things and this will be a great way to leave what has been an extraordinary gig." Merkerson, whose character was diagnosed with cancer earlier this season, says she doesn't know yet if Lt. Van Buren will live or die. "Van Buren is a hell of a character. However they decide to take her out, it'll be worthy of the character," she told EW. "Either way, it'll be great for me because I get to act it." Although the fate of Law & Order - now in Season 20 - is also in question, the longtime cast member has faith it will return. "They say that every other year and the show always comes back," she told EW of the series, which is poised to break Gunsmoke's record for longest-running prime-time drama if it is renewed. "It's a great show. It's well-written. It has great integrity. It has a huge following." Merkerson, who won an Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards for her performance in the 2005 HBO film Lackawanna Blues, said she's next producing and directing a documentary. "It's exciting for me to be able to learn new things, she said. "I'm sure it will be emotional, but right now I'm just really happy for having had the opportunity." NBC refused to comment on Merkerson's departure. Source Here
Watch a sneak peek of the new episode of LAW & ORDER "Brazil" Season 20 Episode 18 which airs Monday March 29 (8-10 p.m. ET) on NBC. Episode Summary: When an environmental scientist, Dr. Oscar Silva (guest star Elliot Villar), is poisoned during a global warming symposium, Detectives Cyrus Lupo (Jeremy Sisto) and Kevin Bernard (Anthony Anderson) initially suspect competitors from Dr. Silva's field of study. It is soon discovered that Dr. Silva is involved in a messy custody battle with his wife's (guest star Tammy Blanchard) ex-husband, Phillip Shoemaker (guest star Tony Hale) and the focus of the investigation quickly shifts to the victim's family. Meanwhile, the case becomes personal for Cutter (Linus Roache) as it stirs up unpleasant memories from his own past. Also starring: Alana de la Garza (Asst. D.A. Consuela Rubirosa), S. Epatha Merkerson (Lieutenant Anita Van Buren) and Sam Waterston (District Attorney Jack McCoy). Source & Preview
Watch a sneak peek of the new episode of LAW & ORDER "Four Cops Shot" Season 20 Episode 17 which airs Monday March 22 (8-10 p.m. ET) on NBC. Episode Summary: When Detectives Cyrus Lupo (Jeremy Sisto) and Kevin Bernard (Anthony Anderson) arrive on the scene of four fallen police officers, they have to act fast to find the shooter. With a room full of witnesses, they have a description of the culprit but little else. The case becomes even more complex when the detectives discover that the police officers may have known the shooter. The investigation quickly leads them to a circuit of drug dealers, a jealous husband and a remorseful judge who are all pieces of a larger puzzle. Also starring: S. Epatha Merkerson (Lieutenant Anita Van Buren), Sam Waterston (District Attorney Jack McCoy), Source & Preview