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posted 16 July 2006 06:49 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Heh. A few weeks ago, I remember talking to someone - maybe my mom? - about how there are, like, at least ten different Law and Order shows. Maybe that's an exaggeration but I'm not sure. Anyhow, I'm a sucker in that I love any Law and Order show. I don't seek them out or know when they're on, but whenever I'm channel-surfing and I see one come on, I generally stop and watch if it's near the beginning of the episode.

But I figured that the spinoffs would have to end at some point. Sure enough:

FOR Dick Wolf, the burly former advertising executive who created the “Law & Order” franchise 16 years ago, the news this past spring was often as grim as the yellow-taped crime scenes depicted on the original series and its various spinoffs and imitators.

In early May, NBC canceled his most recent offering, “Conviction,” about life among young prosecutors in New York City, after only a 13-week run — and only a year after the network pulled the plug on a predecessor, “Law & Order: Trial by Jury,” that had explored similar dramatic territory using the same stage sets in Astoria, Queens.

Later in the month, when the final Nielsen numbers were tabulated, Mr. Wolf could surely celebrate the ratings for one of his three remaining series, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” which were up for the year, propelling it to a Top 20 finish among prime-time network shows. But any good feelings were leavened by the dwindling audience for the original “Law & Order,” which was down 15 percent over all from the previous season and down 30 percent over two years. The viewership for another spinoff, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” the lowest-rated in the franchise, also receded substantially.

Those last two performances have raised questions about whether there is still a critical mass of network television viewers for three hours of original “Law & Order” programming each week, especially when increasing numbers of them are flocking to other so-called procedurals — including three iterations of “CSI” as well as “Without a Trace,” “NCIS” and “Cold Case.” All six of those crime dramas are on CBS, and each drew more viewers last season than any version of “Law & Order,” according to Nielsen Media Research.

Okay, can I just say that CSI sucks majorly in comparison to Law and Order? Geez.

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posted 16 July 2006 07:09 AM      Profile for steffie     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yes!! I rushed to post that exact sentiment. I like all the L&O spinoffs but cannot stand to watch any of the CSI ones. Original is best.
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posted 16 July 2006 03:09 PM      Profile for Fidel     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I stopped watching L&O when I found out about Michael Moriarty's politics and personal life.

CSI Las Vegas is a good show, and I think William Petersen's best work since To Live and Die in L.A.

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posted 17 July 2006 11:49 PM      Profile for Ken Burch     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Saturday Night Live did a great parody of the L&O spinoff juggernaut a few years ago...running a promo for a new spinoff

"Law & Order: Parking Violations Unit".

(BTW, is Michael Moriarty STILL in Canada? and is it true that he wanted to form his own political party there, called the Republican Party of Canada?)

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