“Law & Order” is notorious for ripping its plots from the headlines, so I’m sort of surprised it took the show this long to do an episode inspired by Chris Brown and Rihanna’s abusive relationship. In the episode airing next week, “a promising singer is brutally attacked by her boyfriend, a popular hip hop star,” but she refuses to aid the police or the prosecution in their case against him. But, twist! He suddenly turns up dead … so, who’s the killer? Dun-dun! Promo above.
You guys, I love “Law & Order: SVU” and want to marry it. Maybe it’s (definitely) Stockholm Syndrome, because it’s on 43 times a day on basic cable, but I cannot get enough of Stabler, Benson, and the irony that Ice-T is now playing a cop. Like, I dream about one day getting to the magical “L&O: SVU” set, maybe playing a dead body, maybe bumping into Richard Belzer at craft services and trading pictures of our appliances. It’s just like my perverse fascination with Lifetime movies where women are always getting murdered or unwittingly married to serial killer cops played by Rob Lowe.
So that’s why I am all up on the “SVU” beat, and can inform you that Mike Tyson will be appearing in a future episode this season. And dun-dun-dun, he’ll be playing a convicted murder with the following cookie-cutter fabricated backstory… Keep reading »
Girl, you better not let the lawyers on “Law & Order” try your case, because you’ll likely either end up guilty or serving time. All told, the “L&O” crew have an 80 percent success rate. The obsessives over at Overthinking It created a very complete catalog of all the verdicts over the history of the show. They also took a look at the outcomes per season, and the number of “not guilty” verdicts dished out over the series’ 20 year history. That is a lot of Lenny Briscoe in your face. [Overthinking It]
Remember when the original “Law & Order” died
and we were all very distraught? Well, “Law & Order: Los Angeles” is the phoenix that has risen from its ashes. The new child of the mega crime drama franchise premieres tonight at 10 p.m. on NBC. Here is what you need to know to decide if you should tune in or wait for the endless reruns to hit basic cable … Keep reading »
First she was a crack ho. Now Jennifer Love Hewitt is playing a victim on “Law & Order: SVU.” We’re just happy to see her getting attention for more than her cellulite. [NYC, 8/9/10] Keep reading »
I’ve got a double dose of amazing “Law & Order” news for you. As you probably remember, the classic show was canceled in May after 20 seasons. But apparently AMC—the network behind “Mad Men” and Amelia’s favorite new obsession, “Breaking Bad”— has approached NBC and asked about the possibility of creating new episodes of the series. Could there be more funky gavel sounds in our future? Potentially even more exciting: guess who has been added to the cast of “Law & Order: SVU”? Henry Ian Cusik, otherwise known as Desmond from “Lost.” Woohoo! Cusick will play a graphic artist who may or may not be a love interest for Mariska Hargitay’s Detective Benson. But will he still have an
Australian Scottish accent? Please say “Aye!” [NYMag.com, TV Guide] Keep reading »
I am sure you’ve heard the news that, because of steadily declining ratings, “Law & Order” has been canceled after 20 seasons. The final episode of the show will air on May 24th, guest-starring Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn. In the end, “Law & Order” will tie with “Gunsmoke” for the longest-running drama, but will not surpass it. Thankfully, the show’s legacy is not over. NBC has renewed “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and is introducing a sister series, “Law & Order: Los Angeles” or “LOLA.” To me, canceling a classic show to create such a similar one is a “New Coke” situation waiting to happen. [New York Daily News]
There will be “Law & Order” reruns, likely until the end of time, but since we are still a little hurt that we have to say goodbye, read on for 10 reasons we are sorry to see “L&O” go. Keep reading »
There was a time in my life—let’s call it “being unemployed”—where I watched a terrifying amount of “Law & Order.” It got to the point where I recognized the writers’ favorite tricks (The kids did it! They did it to save the state of Israel!), where the gong/gavel sound invaded my dreams, and where I’d know I’d already seen an episode but re-watched it anyway because I couldn’t quite remember how the story unfolded. Once I got a job, I swore off “Law & Order” and resisted its ripped-from-the-headlines temptations. But I will absolutely be watching tomorrow night. Why? Because Samantha Bee, aka the sugar in the coffee that is “The Daily Show,” will be starring in it as a talk show host who had an affair with a female staffer and opens her car door one morning to find a package from an extortionist. Yes, the story is an obvious play on the David Letterman scandal—only, in true “Law & Order” form, a body drops. In the episode, Samantha’s character even takes words directly out of Letterman’s mouth, saying, “I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’ve been having a pretty lousy week.” [NY Daily News]
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I’ve had unconventional fictional character crushes for about as long as I can remember. I remember being about 9 years old, snuggled into bed, forehead to forehead, with my friend Julie at a sleepover, while we talked about who we liked. She was all about Arnold Schwarzenegger, his “Kindergarten Cop” and “Terminator.” I, however, was in love with a man in tights. Not Cary Elwes of “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” — that would have made sense. Or even Kevin Costner’s weirdly robotic and bare-assed one. I was about 50 years late to the Errol Flynn (of “in like Flynn”) love fest. In the 1938 version of “The Adventures of Robin Hood,” I loved his cocky grin, the glittering tights, the silver-screen accent, and the sword-fighting. I remember trying to explain this all to Julie (who had no idea whom I was talking about) until she rolled over in disgust at my lack of coolness.
Now, I’m in love with another character on the upright side of the law, and I’m not sure if I’m any cooler, but it does feel way more complicated. Keep reading »
There are few things on TV that I love more than a “ripped from the headlines” episode of “Law & Order,” and tonight’s episode, airing at 10 p.m., sounds like such a doozy that I’ll have to figure out how to see it and “Paranormal Activity.” The drama that is Jon and Kate Gosselin and OctoMom Nadya Suleman gets the L&O treatment as fictional versions of them battle for a reality show about their broods (there were almost 20 kids on set). And, of course, there’s a murder. If you’re an NBC watcher, I’m not spoiling anything for you by telling you the Kate character gets offed. As a result, the regular characters and my man Jack McCoy end up intertwined in the strange world of reality TV. And one has to be interviewed as part of the show to get some evidence. “[The episode is] kind [of] about the insidious nature of reality TV and kind of our fascination [with it],” said executive producer Rene Balcer to AccessHollywood.com. And that sounds almost as good as some of my favorite reality shows. [NBC New York] Keep reading »