What’s old may be new again — at least on NBC.
Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva is reporting that the Peacock network is looking to bring back the original LAW & ORDER as a limited run miniseries.
The Dick Wolf produced cop drama ran for twenty seasons before the axe was dropped in 2010. It is tied with GUNSMOKE as the longest running prime time drama in television history.
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.
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 cancellationafter 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.
Miniseries are all the rage on network TV these days. NBC is also currently preparing a 13 episode reboot of HEROES.
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