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Die Law and Order, Please Just Die

How long can a show which has no other function except to pursue the headlines of the New York Post, throw together a derivative story and vomit the whole thing up on the air weekly, still continue to exist anyway?

With less than a month to go before NBC unveils its new fall sked, the fates of “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” remain up in the air.

For some time now, there’s been increasing buzz surrounding the venerable Dick Wolf skeins, with industry insiders suggesting that cancellation of one or both is on the table

Wolf has been aggressive in presenting NBC plans to make the original “L&O” as financially attractive as possible. He’s come up with proposed budget cuts that would save $11 million over the course of a season, or about $500,000 per episode. As always, cast changes could be in the works should “L&O” return (including the potential departure of Fred Thompson, said to be seriously mulling a run for president).

Those savings may not be enough for NBC U brass, who may try to get Wolf to make further financial concessions, perhaps by making changes to his deal with the company. That seems unlikely, however, given Wolf’s well-documented statements regarding the sanctity of contracts.

Now Dick Wolf has no trouble wiping out cast members to keep a TV series going. He’s done it before. To him actors and characters are expendable. The noxious Law and Order franchise continues cluttering up television like an oil slick across the Pacific, but of course contracts are sacred when it comes to his own piece of the pie.

What a scumbag.

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