A few of the big TV networks might have ordered several new series for the fall, but the big news is the cancellation of one of the biggest shows: Law & Order, the original series. Well, at least NBC has cancelled it and Dick Wolf is accusing them of reneging on their deal. The alternative is to take the 21st season over to TNT, but TNT was in fact supposed to be part of the original NBC deal.
Seems like there’s a fair bit of politics going on. But as far as I’m concerned, Law & Order has become long in the tooth and should be put out of it’s misery. They’ve changed the cast too many times and I’ve lost interest in the remaining characters. This is something that another hit franchise, CSI, has been doing, and likely losing viewers as a result. Here’s a clue: when your favorite characters are all gone, there’s no incentive to watch the same old stories rehashed.
Instead, NBC seems to be focusing on the six new series they’ve ordered for Fall 2010, many of which appear to be comedies, which possibly more to follow. (Gee, I remember when comedies ruled network TV, not franchised police dramas.) But if you didn’t already know, the L&O franchise isn’t dead yet. The new one, Law & Order: Los Angeles (aka LOLA), is launching next season. Actually, I thought the CSI franchise would beat them to it. I guess not. Now, I couldn’t find any good video for LOLA nor LO:TOS, so here’s a Muppets spoof of LO:SVU.