In the world of television watching, the people fall into two separate yet unequally passionate groups: those who watch Law & Order and the NBC executives who canned the show. It's a sad day, because NBC confirmed that it had canceled the long-running crime procedural. NBC TV chairman Jeff Gaspin said, "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. The legacy of his original ‘Law & Order’ series will continue to make an impact like no other series before."
Yesterday, there were rumors that the show was canceled—driven partly by the fact that L&O staffers were told the show was kaput—as well as hopes that these were just discussions for NBC and Wolf to negotiate (back in 2007, there was a similar L&O Deathwatch). Now that the show's end is real, there are questions about what productions might fill the void of providing jobs to literally thousands of actors, electricians, costumers, etc.—it's believed that the three L&O shows have contributed $1 billion to NYC's economy. And it's a cruel coincidence that Law & Order: Los Angeles was picked up by NBC—how are we going to say, "Hey, that's my dry cleaner in the background!" (L&O SVU was renewed.)
Maybe not every single person watches Law & Order, but you'd be hard-pressed not to find someone who was at least a little familiar with the ripped-from-the-headlines touches, the Mike Post theme song, the revolving door of sexy ADA's, the quips from the detectives (Lenny Briscoe!), and imaginary addresses on the title cards. Promise us you'll watch it on TNT when you get home (it's on numerous times this weekend).