February 6, 2015 at 2:07 pm #341335
NBC Eyes ‘Law & Order’ Limited Series
by Nellie Andreeva
February 6, 2015 12:23pm
EXCLUSIVE: After rebooting Heroes as a 13-episode miniseries Heroes Reborn, I hear NBC is looking to bring back its longest-running drama series, Law & Order.
Network sources caution that this is an idea that has been discussed from time to time, and a Law & Order limited series is not in active development at the moment. Still, there has been movement. I hear the network has been exploring the possibility of re-assembling the cast from the early years of the series. I hear several actors have been approached, including original cast members Chris Noth and Sam Waterston, who did not join the show until Season 5 but are the actors most closely associated with the Law & Order brand. I hear NBC is eyeing 10 new Law & Order episodes. The network had no comment.
A new Law & Order installment may help the series get into the history books — albeit with an asterisk. The crime drama’s shocking May 2010 cancellation after 20 seasons came as it had tied Gunsmoke for the longest-running primetime drama series. A limited run could be counted as Season 21, breaking the tie. It also could provide a nice epilogue for one of NBC’s most important series of the last two decades after it didn’t get the send-off it deserved with that abrupt, eleventh-hour cancellation.
That would also be a nice gesture to Law & Order creator Dick Wolf, for whom the legacy of the blockbuster franchise has been very important. He again is the most important drama producer for NBC — three from the five drama series given early renewal by the network yesterday are from Wolf Films: Law & Order spinoff SVU, which also has a shot at history with a Season 17 pickup, Chicago Fire, and its spinoff Chicago PD. Additionally, Wolf is working on further expanding the Chicago Fire franchise with a second spinoff, Chicago Med.
The currently very popular limited series genre lends itself well to bringing back beloved series. Fox did it successfully with 24 and is mulling a second limited series installment. Netflix did it with Arrested Development. NBC and Showtime are next with Heroes Reborn and Twin Peaks, respectively. Will Law & Order follow suit?February 6, 2015 at 2:31 pm #341337
I hope so! Alana de la Garza needs to be a part of too. I would like everyone to be a part of it. Carey Lowell, jesse martin, Carolyn McCormack, Richard brooks. If they could ever get michael moriarty it would be miracle.February 6, 2015 at 6:04 pm #341338
This makes me very, very excited. In particular, seeing Waterston and Noth would make me happy. I thought his exit on Law & Order: CI was just a bit anti-climactic.
All right, roll call on potential cast members you’d be excited to see?
S. Epatha Merkerson
Jesse L. Martin
Alana de Garza
If they could somehow get J.K. Simmons to reprise the role of Skoda, that would be a treat, too.
February 7, 2015 at 8:39 am #341339
When I think of Law & order I think of Jerry but if they got the rest of the remaining members, I would totally watch.February 7, 2015 at 10:11 am #341340
NBC cancelling the show after twenty years after wrapping production for the season was the ultimate dick move.