May 18, 2010


News Item: NBC cancels "Law & Order"

No, since the hundreds of re-runs are shown around the clock on numerous cable channels, it doesn't really matter than no more original episodes will be produced (or will they?) I have, however, always enjoyed the show and even watched most first-run episodes on NBC.

I always loved spotting the ripped-from-the-headlines cases or the reverse, reading about an old murder case and realizing "hey, I remember the 'Law & Order' based on it!" So what if there are more murders in Manhattan each year on the show than in real life, all of them investigated by the same two detectives and prosecuted by the same two district attorneys?*

There's something comforting about the show's formula, which always stayed the same regardless of casting changes. And yes, the original was always worlds better than the generic "Criminal Intent" or the nightmare-inducing SVU, also known as "The Rape Show."

*This isn't nearly as disconcerting as the also-canceled "Cold Case." How many decades-old murders do you think get solved in Philadelphia each year? One? Two? On that show it's every episode.

Posted by Stephen Silver at May 18, 2010 02:30 PM

That Cold Case was based in Philly was the most fictional thing about it. The Philly PD can't even solve current murders. Forget decades-old cold cases.

Posted by: LilB at May 20, 2010 10:25 AM
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