Category: Law & Order

"Law & Order" vet to run new "Law & Order" series

A veteran writer and show runner of the "Law & Order" franchise has signed on to helm the upcoming "Law & Order: Los Angeles," which will debut on NBC.

Rene Balcer will be the show runner of the new series, which has not yet been cast or scheduled,  and will join creator Dick Wolf, Blake Masters and Peter Jankowski as an executive producer.

Balcer joined the original "Law & Order" as a writer in its first season, He left in 2001 to develop "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," with Wolf, who created that series. He ran "Criminal Intent" for six seasons before returning to run "Law & Order" the last three years.

"Law & Order" was just canceled by NBC after 20 years, but Wolf is seeking to revive the series.

---Greg Braxton

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Dick Wolf seeks to overturn verdict on canceled 'Law & Order'

The creator of "Law & Order" is seeking an appeal to save the 20-year-old police/legal drama, which has been canceled by NBC.

Dick Wolf released a humorously cryptic statement on Monday hinting that the series may gain new life, though he was not specific on whether he was shopping the series to other broadcast networks or cable.

"The patient is not dead," said Wolf. "It is in a medically induced coma, and we are hoping for a cure."

One cable outlet said they are out of the running for new episodes. Executives at TNT, which airs reruns of "Law & Order" and is under license to air multiple seasons, said they are not "in ongoing discussions about picking up the series for first-run episodes." TNT last year revived "Southland," a cop drama that had been canceled by NBC.

Wolf had hoped that his show would break the record set by "Gunsmoke" as the longest-running drama series in television history. The show tied the record this season.

-- Greg Braxton 


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