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Christopher Meloni's 'SVU' Replacement: Who's on the Short List?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 21st 2011 6:35AM
Mariska Hargitay and Christopher MeloniIt's only been a month since Christopher Meloni stepped down from 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,' but producers are reportedly screen-testing his possible replacements in New York today.

Production on the upcoming Season 13 is due to get underway soon and, according to Deadline.com, 'SVU' creator/executive producer Dick Wolf and NBC have narrowed the field to a short list of five.

The actors, who have all doubtless just spent a sleepless night in the Big Apple rehearsing their lines, have been named as: Danny Pino ('Cold Case'), Kevin Alejandro ('True Blood,' 'Southland'), David Conrad ('Ghost Whisperer'), Michael Raymond-James ('Terriers') and Rhys Coiro ('Entourage').

Each one will test today with Meloni's co-star, Mariska Hargitay, who plays Det. Olivia Benson on the drama. Both Alejandro and Raymond-James recently guest-starred on 'SVU,' so could be feeling like they've got the edge.

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'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' Season 10 Premiere Grabs Big Ratings

by Chris Harnick, posted May 2nd 2011 5:10PM
Law & Order: Criminal Intent'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' returned -- with original stars Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe -- to a whopping 5.1 million viewers, up 43 percent from last season.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, 'Criminal Intent' rose by double digits in key demographics. The show was watched by 1.88 million adults 18–49, up 35 percent. In the 25–24 demo the show was watched by 2.04 million, up 21 percent and in the 18–34 demo 632,000 tuned in, up 31 percent from last year.

With ratings this big for a 10-year-old show, can viewers expect an 11th-season reprieve? Despite USA's announcement that this 10-episode season would be the last, Dick Wolf has gone on record indicating hope for a new season of 'Criminal Intent.'

Wolf said he hoped "enough fans will come out so the powers that be reconsider their decision."

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'Law & Order: LA' 2.0 Has Old Friends, New Gigs & Headline-Grabbing Stories

by AOL TV Staff, posted Apr 18th 2011 6:00AM
'Law & Order: LA'By Jane Murphy
In last week's two-part 'Law & Order: Los Angeles' -- the first new episode since the show went on a retooling hiatus Dec. 1 -- the reset button was officially hit for the freshman series.

For fans of the show (which has seen its fair share of drama, even though it's only aired 10 episodes to date) the revamp brings us something old, something new and something borrowed, hoping this marriage between the franchise and the City of Angels lasts a good long time.

And of course, there's also something blue with Alfred Molina's character Ricardo Morales leaving the DA's office in the aftermath of the shooting death of Det. Rex Winters (Skeet Ulrich) to come back to the beat as a detective.

AOL TV caught up with executive producer Rene Balcer, co-creator of the show with 'L&O' head honcho Dick Wolf, to hear all about Morales' big switch and other cast changes for what he's calling "LOLA 2.0."

"There are many factors that finally convince [Morales] he'd be a happier camper back as a cop ... It's about how the case is being handled, the political influences that come to bear on the prosecution."

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'Law & Order: Los Angeles' Cast Changes Confirmed

by Kelly Woo, posted Jan 12th 2011 10:40PM
Alfred Molina Terrence HowardAs we reported earlier, 'Law & Order: Los Angeles' is undergoing a cast shake-up after a slow start this fall, with stars Skeet Ulrich, Reginal Hall and Megan Boone departing the show.

Creator Dick Wolf has now revealed his plan to revamp the new spin-off series. After Ulrich departs in episode 14 (likely to air sometime in March), Alfred Molina's D.D.A. Ricardo Morales will return to his former job as a detective and team up with Corey Stoll's Det. TJ Jaruszalski. Meanwhile, Terrence Howard's D.D.A Jonah Dekker now will be the lead prosecutor.

Molina and Howard previously traded off episodes; both will now appear every week.

"We have the fortune of two world class actors on 'LOLA,' and it was frustrating to have one on the bench every week. It would be like having Peyton Manning and Tom Brady as your quarterbacks, playing alternate games," Wolf said in the statement.

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'Law & Order: Los Angeles' Shake-Up: Skeet Ulrich, Regina Hall, Megan Boone Out

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 12th 2011 10:40AM
Skeet Ulrich, Law & Order: Los AngelesStars Skeet Ulrich, Regina Hall and Megan Boone are leaving 'Law & Order: Los Angeles.' *Doink doink*

According to Deadline Hollywood, Boone is out of the show completely, but Hall may return for a handful of episodes. Ulrich, the first actor cast on 'LOLA' and one of the two main detectives on the series, is also a casualty of the revamp. The series is currently filming episode 12.

Hall's character, ADA Evelyn Price, worked for Alfred Molina's ADA Morales, while Boone's DDA Lauren Stanton worked under Terrence Howard's Joe Dekker. Ulrich's Detective Rex Winters appeared on 'Law & Order: SVU' in a 2010 episode.

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'Law & Order: SVU': 'Gray' Episode Panel Discussion

by AOL TV Staff, posted Nov 19th 2010 2:00PM
Law & Order: SVU'Law & Order: SVU' partnered with NYU's Department of Media, Culture and Communications and AOL TV to host a screening of the Nov. 17 episode, 'Gray.'

Dick Wolf, the creator of the 'Law & Order' franchise, 'SVU' star Ice-T, Kate Hnida of the the Joyful Heart Foundation and Jennifer Wilson Marsh of RAINN discussed the issue of date rape on college campuses with a crowd of college students at AOL's offices.

Check out some excerpts from the panel below. For more on 'Gray': Mariska Hargitay's guest blog with video interviews and an exclusive Q&A.

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A New View of L.A. on 'Law & Order: Los Angeles' - TCA Report

by Laura Prudom, posted Jul 30th 2010 4:30PM
'Law & Order: Los Angeles' TCA Panel
'Law & Order' is dead -- long live 'Law & Order'! Though the veteran show, which producers affectionately refer to as "the mothership," is now officially dearly departed after two decades on the air, creator Dick Wolf is back in the saddle with 'Law & Order: Los Angeles' (or 'LOLA'), and he brought executive producers Rene Balcer and Blake Masters along with cast members Skeet Ulrich and Corey Stoll to discuss the freshman procedural.

The show will premiere on Wed., Sept. 29 at 10PM on NBC. There was no footage to be previewed, so read on for highlights from the panel.

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'Law & Order' Again? Here Are 10 Better Ideas for You, NBC

by Stephanie Earp, posted Apr 20th 2010 7:51PM


I remember when 'Law & Order: SVU' debuted, there were a lot of joking articles asking what would be next, 'Law & Order: Pet Detectives'? There were also questions about how many of these shows an audience could really take, and so on and so forth, with the same humor (if you can call it that) applied to the 'CSI' and 'NCIS' franchises as they came along.

Well guess what, people? 'Law & Order' is doing it again. NBC has greenlit a fourth version of 'L&O' -- set in L.A. -- for a fall debut. The original and 'SVU' are also looking good for renewals, while 'Criminal Intent' airs on cable network USA and on NBC.

My mind is boggled by this news. At this point, when I watch 'L&O' it has the same sort of nostalgic feeling I used to get from old episodes of 'Little House on the Prairie'.

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'Law & Order' Again? Here Are 10 Better Ideas for You, NBC

by Stephanie Earp, posted Apr 20th 2010 7:51PM


I remember when 'Law & Order: SVU' debuted, there were a lot of joking articles asking what would be next, 'Law & Order: Pet Detectives'? There were also questions about how many of these shows an audience could really take, and so on and so forth, with the same humor (if you can call it that) applied to the 'CSI' and 'NCIS' franchises as they came along.

Well guess what, people? 'Law & Order' is doing it again. NBC has greenlit a fourth version of 'L&O' -- set in L.A. -- for a fall debut. The original and 'SVU' are also looking good for renewals, while 'Criminal Intent' airs on cable network USA and on NBC.

My mind is boggled by this news. At this point, when I watch 'L&O' it has the same sort of nostalgic feeling I used to get from old episodes of 'Little House on the Prairie'.

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'Law & Order' Headed to Los Angeles?

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 12th 2010 5:30PM
Law & Order: SVUAfter 20 years, NBC's relationship with the 'Law & Order' franchise is still going strong.

According to sources for Deadline Hollywood, NBC has picked up 'Law & Order: Los Angeles,' the latest show in Dick Wolf's juggernaut franchise, for 13 episodes this fall. 'Brotherhood' creator Blake Masters is co-creating the series with Wolf.

Meanwhile, a 12th season of 'Law & Order: SVU' is looking more and more likely now that show leads Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni have cleared their schedules to shoot new episodes this summer, according to the report. Based on contract negotiations from last spring, Hargitay and Meloni are expected return under a one-year deal that includes the option of an additional season.

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'Law & Order' Denied Record-Breaking 21st Season?

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 31st 2010 9:15AM
C'mon, NBC and TNT: Can't you give viewers at least one more season of hearing that familiar "doink! doink!" theme emanating from our TV screens?

A 2010-2011 renewal for NBC's 'Law & Order,' a show so popular that it has sparked three spin-off series, would push the legal drama to an astounding 21st season, and make it the longest-running drama series ever.

But, according to The Hollywood Reporter, there's a big glitch standing in its way: NBC may not re-up the series if the network's 'L&O' cable partner, TNT, doesn't also give a renewal the thumbs up.

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Lindsey Vonn Lands Bit Role on 'Law & Order'

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 1st 2010 2:09PM
Lindsey_Vonn_cropped_head Was that a real moment between Bob Costas and Lindsey Vonn during the NBC coverage of the Vancouver Winter Olympics on Saturday night ... or just a typical cross promotion for the Peacock network? You be the judge.

The gold medal winning American downhill ski champion, one of the darlings of the Vancouver games, appeared with Costas. At the end of the interview, Bob reminded Lindsey that she's the biggest 'Law & Order' fan in the world. Lindsey didn't deny it. She said it was true and the video they showed of her visiting the set and gushing about the show looked very sincere.

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Law & Order + Los Angeles = Dragnet?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 11th 2010 5:02PM
Law & OrderThere's good and bad news coming from NBC's decision to cancel the 10PM Jay Leno Show. It's going to free up five hours during the week for more scripted shows. That's the good news. The bad news? One of those hours might be filled with yet another Law & Order spinoff.

Yup, the network wants a Los Angeles-based Law & Order from Dick Wolf to add to the franchise. They're calling the new show LOLA, which is probably what we're all going to have to get used to typing since I'm sure this show will be given the green light and we'll be writing about it in the next year or two. Of course, a Law & Order set in Los Angeles sounds a lot like Dragnet. And hey, wasn't Southland set in L.A.?

Soon, all that will be on TV will be different Law and Order, CSI, and NCIS spinoffs and nothing else. Oh and reality show. Lots of reality shows.

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NBC chief vows to renew Law and Order

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 2nd 2010 9:00AM
law_and_order_nbcIf Dick Wolf's Festivus wish was to get Law and Order renewed for another season on NBC, he got what he wished for. NBC chief Angela Bromstad has vowed to renew Law and Order for season 21. That'll mean that Wolf's show will break the long-running record of 20 seasons for a dramatic series held by Gunsmoke.

Bromstad's vow presumably extends to Law and Order SVU, as well, especially since it does better in the ratings. Of course, nothing on the NBC slate is doing particularly well this season with the exception of the National Football League and The Biggest Loser. All the scripted series have struggled in the Nielsens. The Jay Leno Show experiment has been anything but a boon for the prime time schedule, no matter how NBC spins it.

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Latest 'Law & Order' Headline Is Ripped From Bill O'Reilly

by Scott Harris, posted Dec 14th 2009 5:00PM
Controversial talk show host Bill O'Reilly is involved in another spat. But does he have a point this time?

The latest feud involving the star of Fox's long-running opinion series 'The O'Reilly Factor' stems from last week's episode of 'Law & Order: Special Victim's Unit,' which revolved around a killer stalking the children of illegal immigrants. During the course of the episode, the suspect's defense lawyer, played by veteran television actor John Larroquette, argued that his client was incited to violence by the words of conservative pundits such as O'Reilly.

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