Tuesday, December 14, 2010

State of ORDER

It's been awhile now since we've talked Law & Order in these parts. In the interim, Criminal Intent has been readying for its farewell season this Spring on USA, and Special Victims and Los Angeles have both been plugging away to varied creative and ratings results on NBC.  From my personal perspective, it definitely seems like SVU is ramping down, with its exec producer departing, and the iffy prospects of continuing without stars Chris Meloni and Mariska Hargitay (whose contracts expire at season's end).  Meanwhile, Los Angeles -- in its role as the franchise's heir apparent -- has steadily improved since its shaky start, but has yet to find an identity that allows it to truly stand on its own (though maybe that'll change with the show's impending move to Tuesdays at 10).  With all this uncertainty hanging over TV's most resilient brand, Ileane Rudolph at TV Guide again asks the question that seems to pop up every couple of years: Is this the end of the Law & Order era?

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