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TCA Press Tour: Richard Belzer unleashes on NBC

NBC executives: Are your ears burning?

"Law & Order: SVU" actor Richard Belzer participated in a PBS panel today to tell colorful stories about his old friend George Carlin.

But when a journalist asked the actor-comic what he thinks of NBC's recent move to scrap all 10 p.m scripted programming to give Jay Leno a new comedy show every night at that hour, Belzer did not hold back, because, as he put it, he's got a contract that renders him untouchable.

"I just think it’s a network that’s desperate," Belzer said. "It’s the last gasp of a dying network, which can turn out to be brilliant financially. But in terms of writers, actors, producers and other people who work on shows, I think it’s a tragedy, frankly."

Belzer said he expects NBC to schedule "SVU" at 9 p.m. next fall because it's "the only hit dramatic series left on the Peacock."

— Maria Elena Fernandez

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Brilliant? This move is going to bomb so bad and NBC will either cancel Leno's show by midseason or they'll file for bankruptcy in the next few years.

Isn't Mr. Belzer forgetting the original, ''Law and Order" as far as I know it is still on the network. As for his being "untouchable'' that only remains a fact as long as the show stays around, and with the ratings for SVU going down and rumours of Hargitay and Meloni wanting out if I were him I'd be a little less smug.


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