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Rocketta
May 16th, 2007, 05:45 PM
May 9, 2007
New ‘Law & Order’ Episodes May Move to TNT From NBC

By BILL CARTER (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/c/bill_carter/index.html?inline=nyt-per)


The future of the long-running drama “Law & Order” may not be on NBC.
Executives involved in the negotiations to extend the series beyond its current season, its 17th, said yesterday that the cable channel TNT was a serious contender to acquire new episodes of “Law & Order” if NBC decides not to renew the series.


According to executives on both sides — all of whom asked not to be identified because the talks were in a delicate stage — a decision could come in the next couple of days. NBC is in the middle of deciding which shows will be in its fall prime-time schedule. That announcement will be made Monday, but the schedule is likely to be completed earlier.


An announcement about whether “Law & Order” will shift to TNT is expected in the next day or two, an executive involved in the talks said. News of the negotiations first appeared on the Web site for the television trade publication Broadcasting & Cable.


No show with the record of success of “Law & Order” has ever moved to a cable channel to continue its run with new episodes. Dick Wolf, the creator of “Law & Order” and the driving creative force behind that show and its spinoffs, “Special Victims Unit” and “Criminal Intent,” had no comment about the negotiations. While “Special Victims Unit” has already been renewed for another season, Mr. Wolf has been pressing NBC to pick up the other two.


Karen Cassel, the spokeswoman for TNT, said, “It’s still speculative and we have no comment.”


The deal, if it happens, would probably be for a full season of 22 episodes, one executive involved in the negotiations said. Such an order would represent a change for cable networks, which for the most part order fewer episodes — often 13 — of series they commission.


For that reason, the deal, if concluded, is expected to be expensive. NBC has been paying about $4 million an episode for “Law & Order.” Mr. Wolf said in a previous interview that he was considering ways to reduce the costs of “Law & Order,” perhaps by changing some cast members.


Presumably, TNT would pay a fee negotiated down from what NBC is paying. But TNT has special interest in “Law & Order.” It already owns the repeats of the series, which form the backbone of the network’s schedule. “Law & Order” runs three to four hours a day on TNT.


New episodes of the series would also become the property of TNT because the channel has a deal in place to buy repeats of any new episodes for $1 million each.


Mr. Wolf would clearly welcome a deal that would keep the series going through a 21st season, which would break the TV record held by an old CBS (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/business/companies/cbs_corporation/index.html?inline=nyt-org) series, “Gunsmoke.”


NBC’s television studio, NBC Universal Television, would continue to produce the show, even it if moves to TNT.

CrossCourt~Rally
May 16th, 2007, 05:51 PM
Yeah, thats an old article Rocket;) . NBC renewed it for an 18th season. However, LAW AND ORDER: CI will move over to USA Network ( owned by nbc ) for new episodes. Then, NBC will repeat those episodes on there prime time schedule at a later time . Most likely on saturday or friday nights;) :bounce:

Rocketta
May 16th, 2007, 06:17 PM
oops, didn't notice the date. :eek:

It would seem to me that NBC would continue the series when it's their signature show. Plus they are almost guaranteed a million dollars per episode from TNT. Duh!

I do hope the show improves though. :tape:

CrossCourt~Rally
May 16th, 2007, 06:56 PM
oops, didn't notice the date. :eek:

It would seem to me that NBC would continue the series when it's their signature show. Plus they are almost guaranteed a million dollars per episode from TNT. Duh!

I do hope the show improves though. :tape:


I know, NBC makes most of there money on Law and Order through syndication:eek: . One of the shows is almost always on from 6-12 every weeknight :lol:

Martian KC
May 16th, 2007, 08:15 PM
I was gonna say but why is it in the fall lineup if they are still negotiating.....:lol:

Good choice by NBC.:yeah: