For a series that has been around as long as I’ve been alive, it is my sad displeasure to announce that NBC has officially canceled Law & Order. Did the series get the chance to promote ‘the final season’ like ER did last year? Nope. Did they get the chance to bring in old cast members to guest star? Nope. NBC has clearly made many horrible decisions this year from The Jay Leno Show to renewing The Marriage Ref, but this one clearly takes the cake. Word has circulated that maybe some characters (former or current) might be star in the new Law & Order: Los Angeles or either guest starring Law & Order: Special Victims Unit or Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Remember, knowing the Law & Order universe, it’s quite possible. The most plausable is seeing Sam Waterston in more SVU episodes since he is the DA in charge over the ADA in that series.
To Lenny Briscoe, Jack McCoy, Anita van Buren, and everyone else that made an everlasting franchise memorable over 20 years. Here is NBC’s official statement:
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – May 14, 2010 – NBC has picked up the new drama “LOLA” (“Law & Order: Los Angeles”) as well as renewed “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” for the 2010-11 season. In addition, NBC will end its historic and record-tying “Law & Order” when the mothership series concludes its 20th season on Monday, May 24 (10-11 p.m. ET).
The announcements were made today by Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC and Universal Media Studios.
Jeff Gaspin, Chairman, NBC Universal Television Entertainment 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.”
Bromstad added: “‘Law & Order’ 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 ‘LOLA’ and ‘Law & Order: SVU.’”
The brainchild of creator and Emmy Award winner Wolf, “Law & Order” has spawned one of the most successful brands in primetime television. It is the 1997 Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Drama Series and the record holder for the most consecutive (11) nominations in that category for a primetime series (tied with “Cheers” and “M*A*S*H”). It premiered on September 13, 1990, and eventually tied “Gunsmoke” as the longest-running drama series in television history.
The new “LOLA” (“Law & Order: Los Angeles”) is a procedural crime drama that will follow the theme and storylines similar to the “Law & Order”-brand series on the streets of Los Angeles. The series, from executive producer Dick Wolf and Blake Masters (“Brotherhood”), is a Wolf Films production in association with Universal Media Studios. Casting and pre-production work are continuing.
“Law & Order: Criminal Intent” continues to air in its ninth season on USA Network.