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In 2009 Fall Season, Law and Order, Law and Order SVU, NBC, Prison Break on 09/23/2009 at 2:25 pm

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

It’s a big night for NBC!  What is arguably their most popular scripted show still on the air and definitely the most popular of the family, Law & OrderLaw & Order: Special Victims Unit is returning for its eleventh season this evening.  We’re interested to see if Leno’s lagging ratings get a bit of a bump from the SVU lead-in.

Here we’ve collected the few promotional trailers we’ve across this summer, including first looks at Prison Break‘s Wentworth Miller as a bad-boy cop and Christine Lahti as the new ADA with a bit of an attitude.  No look yet at Eric McCormack’s guest appearance yet, though.

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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit returns tonight, Wednesday September 23rd at 9pm on NBC.

Sneak Peek: Law & Order

In 2009 Fall Season, Law and Order, Law and Order SVU, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, NBC on 09/17/2009 at 3:15 pm

Law & Order

Oh man are we excited!  DVR Life has been a die-hard Law & Order fan since our wee middle school days.  Not sure why the show mesmerized our 11 year old minds, but it did.  Here we are now, 18 years later and still fans!  That’s right!  With Law & Order returning for it’s 20th season, we can’t claim to have been there since the beginning, but not many folks out there can.

While we have been there since the beginning for both Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, we have always enjoyed the original just a smidge more.  There’s nothing else quite like the real Law & Order for us, so we’re stoked to check out the first murder of the new season.  We’re also pretty glad we don’t have to wait all the way until January for a new season like we did last year.

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Law & Order returns for it’s twentieth season on Friday, September 25th at 8pm.

Ben Silverman Out At NBC

In Chuck, Date My Mom, Friday Night Lights, Law and Order, Mad About You, Medium, Merlin, My Name Is Earl, NBC, Parks and Recreation, Programming, Seinfeld, The Biggest Loser, The Listener, The Office on 07/27/2009 at 12:40 pm

Quite a surprise to wake up to this morning: co-chairman of NBC Entertainment Studios and Universal Media Studios Ben Silverman is leaving. The surprise is due to the fact that, not only are we quickly approaching the fall season, but just two weeks ago his employment contract had been extended.

When I first heard about Silverman’s departure, I have to admit that a smile came to my face. Since a young age, I’ve always felt like NBC was my channel. Like your mom or grandma who refers to her favorite soap opera as “my story”, throughout my life I felt like I had become invested in the network. That’s loyalty only a true TV junkie could possibly understand, of course, but hey, that’s why I’m writing a TV blog for absolutely no money and you are not.

Anyway, the majority of my favorite shows were on the network and many of the shows shaped my hopes and aspirations as I grew up. My life long fascination with New York City was constantly egged on watching shows like Law & Order, Mad About You and Seinfeld. The dazzling skyline after the evening news and shots of Rockefeller Center didn’t hurt, either.

When Silverman first took position at the network, I was pretty hesitant. NBC was pretty down at the time, already in final place, and losing big time. What I knew of Silverman didn’t give me much hope. He had produced one of my favorite shows, The Office, but also complete crap like Date My Mom and The Biggest Loser.

I also thought it odd that they would hire someone with so much potential for conflict of interest, considering he would still profit from both his current Reveille shows already on the network and even new ones sold after his move. Trumping even that: not long after taking his place at the company, stories circulated about frat-boy behavior, caged tigers, and lot’s of party-hopping.

Here we are at the end of his reign now and I am a bit conflicted. Should I celebrate? He was the guy that made the ridiculous decision to cancel both Medium and My Name Is Earl and then make it publicly known that he did so because, according to The LA Times “neither the fans nor the advertisers had waged a campaign to save them the way viewers and the Subway restaurant chain did for Chuck.”

Well, yeah, you know, people didn’t wage a campaign to save the shows because no one knew they were on the verge of being canceled. I mean, you know, most networks don’t cancel a highly rated show like Medium for no reason, therefore the fans, even devoted TV geeks who try to stay “in the know” such as myself, would never have imagined that we would be obligated to campaign around every single show they want to return, especially if it is one of the highest rated and most consistent shows on a dying network.

But then there’s also the fact that, without Silverman, Friday Night Lights, easily one of the most brilliant shows to ever grace network television, probably wouldn’t not have made it past it’s first season. Because of the deal Silverman worked out with DirecTV, we are guaranteed new Friday Night Lights up through it’s fifth season.

So there ya go. It’s hard to know what to feel. He made some terrible decisions, acted like an ass, but also created some quality TV. His tenure was not all good or all bad. Not sure if it was even more bad than good or vice versa.

Anyway, we’re not gonna go into all the politics and power shifts involved in his departure. If you’re interested in that side of things, I would suggest reading the Hitfix article about the situation – they lay it all out in an easy to understand way.

Update: While rinsing and shampooing this very morning, I thought of another point I wanted to bring up about Silverman’s reign: the majority of “new” scripted programming on NBC hasn’t actually been “new”. In his time at the network we’ve been treated to really terrible remakes (Bionic Woman, Knight Rider), imports (Merlin, The Listener), or remakes of imports (Kath & Kim). There’s even been a remake of an import remake (Parks & Recreation).

Just kidding about that last one. While the whole mock documentary thing was over long before it debuted, Parks & Recreation definately got better towards the end of the season. At first we kinda passed it off as The Office (US Version) part two, but it kinda grew into it’s own eventually.

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Law & Order Renewed

In Law and Order, NBC, Programming on 05/18/2009 at 9:23 pm

NBC renewed the original Law & Order for a 20th season this afternoon. No one really doubted it would happen, but you just never know. The order is for 16 new episodes to air mid season, just like they did this year.

No word on what kind of deal Dick Wolf had to make in order for his 20th season to take place but this time last year we went through pretty much the same thing: tough negotiations being dragged out over budget cuts and whatnot. As a producer it must be a bit trying to have to slash your budget two years in a row, especially after you’ve been doing it for nearly two decades.

Now if they could reach a deal to the previous seasons available on Hulu, I’d really be happy.

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NBC Renews Law & Order: SVU

In Law and Order, Law and Order SVU, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, NBC, USA on 04/16/2009 at 1:23 am

Good news for Mr. Dick Wolf – NBC has renewed Law Order: SVU for it’s 11th season. Talks are still under way for the return of Chris Meloni and Mariska Hargitay. Word is they’re looking for a pay raise from their current $350,000 per episode. While the other two L&O franchises have weathered multiple cast changes popular opinion seems to be SVU couldn’t survive without the two. Perhaps those cast changes are why Law & Order: CI is now on USA and Law & Order sits on the bubble at the end of each season.

On that note, Law & Order: Criminal Intent returns this weekend on USA (which has been doing very well this year) and Variety also reported that NBC is still in talks to renew the original Law & Order for it’s 20th season. Word is, though, that it may be a shortened one with only about 16 episodes.

Get them at iTunes: Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: Criminal Intent

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