The Borgified Corpse wrote:
I really miss the original Law & Order.
Cancelling a legend like that in favor of an untested Los Angeles
spin-off was just dumb.
I imagine that twenty seasons of cost increases mixed with the expense of shooting in New York and declining ratings made the Los Angeles-based spin-off quite appealing. They might have tried pairing them together at first, though, before discarding the original.
While Law & Order
had some issues with declining ratings, I thought that the show sold really well in reruns (which, IIRC, was why ABC kept Scrubs
going past its expiration date). And since Lupo & Cutter were both really kicking ass, I think the show could have easily jettisoned the more expensive characters like Van Buren & McCoy. I think Van Buren was going to leave anyway. And while the show had had its ups & downs, I think it was enough of an institution to deserve more time.
I guess I'm just sad because, every time I see something in the news, I get really excited for a moment about seeing what Law & Order
will do with it. Then I remember the show was cancelled.
I keep hoping that NBC will eventually realize how evergreen the format is and bring it back. Hey, it happened to Family Guy
& Red Dwarf.
I can dream, can't I?
That's a shame. While I didn't watch the show much, I really liked the parts of it that I saw. I don't get why they think switching the show from single to multi-camera will make any positive difference. (It didn't for Watching Ellie.
Man, Will Arnett is just TV kryptonite, isn't he? Running Wilde
& Sit Down Shut Up
both got canned after less than a whole season. Even his most successful series, Arrested Development,
was a show that's most famous for being a cult darling that inexplicably made it to 3 seasons despite the fact that no one watched it. He's becoming like Andre Braugher or Eric Balfour.