NBC Gives Law & Order the Ax

20 seasons on air is nothing to sneeze at.

NBC Gives Law & Order the Ax

20 seasons on air is nothing to sneeze at.

-Sarah Polonsky

Law & Order

Law & Order producer Dick Wolf has his panties in a major bunch because he was reportedly promised a 21st season, consisting of 16 episodes, which he will not be getting after all. An insider said the arrangement was made in March but the network “reneged.” “He’s so bleeping angry, you have no idea.”

As recently as the start of this week Wolf and his reps (UTA and Ziffren Brittenham legal eagle Cliff Gilbert) thought a deal was in place for the show to go forward. Even NBCU chief Jeff Zucker was privately telling people that L&O would get one more season.

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This is very surprising, as NBC brass had indicated lately that they would bring L&O for a record-breaking 21st season. But with strong development, especially on the drama side, and soft ratings for L&O, NBC apparently opted not to keep the aging series, which spawned several successful spinoffs.

 Now Wolf wants to try to make a deal to take the Law & Order flagship to TNT, the same place that John Wells and Warner Bros took Southland after it, too, was cancelled by NBC. In that case, NBC tried to hold up the switch. And that could happen this time as well, or even something much more complicated since Law & Order is a UMS show. (Deadline)

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