Will Dick Wolf’s original ‘Law & Order‘ have to settle for merely tying the record of TV’s longest-running drama series?
If NBC renewed the veteran procedural for a 21st season, ‘Law & Order’ would break the mark set in 1975 by ‘Gunsmoke.’ But Deadline.com has sent jaws dropping by reporting that NBC has in fact decided not to grant the series a pick-up.
A spokesperson for Dick Wolf Productions directed Fancast’s request for comment to NBC. The Peacock, however, is keeping dead-silent on the matter, neither conforming nor denying the report.
A source close to the show, meanwhile, tells us that the ‘Law & Order’ situation is fluid and “could change hourly.”
Until now, the conventional wisdom was that both ‘Law & Order’ and ‘SVU’ would return for the 2010-11 TV season, likely to be joined at some point by the new ‘Law & Order: Los Angeles’ offshoot.
NBC will reveal its official plans for the fall on Sunday.
What is your reaction to the report of ‘L&O’s possible cancellation? Did you expect NBC to renew it if only to break the record? Or would that have rubbed you the wrong way, seeing as another series ostensibly would need to be axed to make room?