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'Law & Order' Cancelled After 20 Seasons!

Fri, May 14, 2010 2:00pm EST by 2 Comments

Courtesy of NBC

Courtesy of NBC

NBC cancels ‘Law & Order’ after 20 seasons! We really hope another network can pick it up!

It appears that after 20 seasons, one season short of becoming television’s longest running scripted program, NBC may be pulling the plug on Law & Order. Now, as our sister site Deadline Hollywood is reporting, this is a very, very complicated issue but here is what they are hearing. It is rumored that in March NBC indicated to series creator Dick Wolf it would bring back the show for a record 21st season, but negotiations fell apart over budget issues and now the network is pulling the series. One hope was for the show to go to TNT, like NBC show Southland recently did, or that TNT help finance the show with NBC in exchange for getting syndicated episodes of the show. Then that fell apart. Then, it was said by one source that NBC demanded Dick kick in to help “finance the pickup of Law & Order out of all the money he’s made.” He said no. Oh, and as if this wasn’t complicated enough there are some who are saying this is all a ploy by Dick to pressure NBC to keep the show on the air by spurring fan outrage. NBC has just now released a statement saying they will be canceling the long running show!

I may not understand all the inner workings of television, and I realize there are like 17 Law & Order spin-offs on the air (in truth two, Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and one on the way, Law & Order Los Angeles), but I really think that NBC and Dick need to figure out a way to keep the original on the air! The ratings may be low but we have all, and I mean all, at least spent one Saturday watching 12 straight hours of Law & Order programming. In fact, 9 times out of 10 when I am trying to figure out where I know an actor from it is a Law & Order program. And what about all the great actors and guest stars the show brings us! Everyone has been on Law & Order at some point!

So whether it’s TNT, USA, or even Lifetime for all I care, I hope some network will continue to run new episodes of this show. Maybe they can strike a deal with MTV and combine some shows. Law & Order: Jersey Shore anyone?

-Chris Spargo