NBC has officially canceled the ailing LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES series that it hoped would be able to freshly build on the popularity of the old LAW AND ORDER series which ran for 20 seasons. Producer Dick Wolf even tried unsuccessfully to retool the show, by promoting excellent actor Alfred Molina into a more central role in the show, but to no avail.
The show’s demise represents a real embarrassment for both Dick Wolf and NBC, proving what a mistake it was to cancel the successful old Law & ORDER series and quickly offer this replacement without a pilot show to prove whether the new concept worked or not. Because of his strong relationship with NBC, the network simply acted on trust that Dick Wolf’s new show would be a success. There wasn’t a decent attempt to really examine whether the new LAW & ORDER spin-off was really good or not. You can’t really schedule shows without a little more thought than this.
LAW & ORDER: SVU will continue next year on NBC as the sole remaining part of the franchise. LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT is ending it’s series over at NBC’s sister USA Network site.