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Was it time for 'Law and Order' to be cancelled?

NBC finally confirmed Friday afternoon that it will put "Law & Order" out of our misery when it airs its now-series finale episode on Monday, May 24. Read Lisa de Moraes's blog post.

By Jodi Westrick  |  May 14, 2010; 1:28 PM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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They changed the content, turning the once interesting program into a place to scream political correctness.

While screaming, the characters all became the same. The diversity of their faces was belied by the words the writers forced their mouths to say.

The edginess was gone... it sounded like an hour long obama speech... and people stopped watching... oprah ring a bell?

Posted by: docwhocuts | May 16, 2010 8:11 AM

DOCWHOCUTS is right. What was once excellent entertainment with occasional politically slanted vignettes became a series of hour-long parables supporting the latest Obama pet project. Sooner or later they'd've had to list OFA and the DNC in the closing credits.
No wonder that their ad rate fell by 50% in the last 15 months.

Posted by: OttoDog | May 16, 2010 9:18 AM

Is it possible we can have a discussion about anything in this country without having people come on here and somehow blame it on Obama?

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | May 16, 2010 9:23 AM

As far as the Obamaphobic diatribes go, when you only know one song, that's the one you always sing.

As far as L&O goes - it's had some dry years when the writing got pallid and predictable. In the last couple of years, though, the writing's picked up and the show has been very worth watching. The acting has generally been pretty good with only an occasionally weak character, which usually met an untimely end within a season or two. Overall, the show still has legs and could go on, if it made commercial sense to do so.

Posted by: Frank_VA | May 16, 2010 12:50 PM

To Ravensfan

Clearly no. Obsessives will obsess, fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly.

Fred Thompson playing Fred Thompson? No matter. Evil defense attorneys? No matter (although it does matter, since a defense attorney is charged by oath of office to provide a zealous defense, the object being to KEEP THE SYSTEM HONEST). Occasionally a prosecutor (e. g. Elizabeth Rohm, Diane Wiest, Sam Waterston) being concerned with fairness and even working to release an innocent person wrongly convicted (which does happen)? Horrors! Political correctness!

Even "24" (Torture Central) had businessmen for villains. Freedom-hating socialists!

Like I said, fish gotta swim, wingers gotta spew, Beck gotta spin fantasies, and dittoheads gotta ditto.

Give me the NBA any day.

Posted by: jprfrog | May 16, 2010 12:50 PM

No, Ravensfan, we can't have any meaningful discussion about anything on these forums as long as the discourse is ignored by WAPO moderators. Intelligent and mature conversation is beyond the ability of the typical ignorant flea-bagger ... and I don't mind stooping to their level to say so.

Docwhocuts and Ottodog (and every other idiot who's posted since I started writing this), YOU LOST. GET OVER IT. And quit posting comments if you can't contribute anything honest or semi-thoughtful. Here's an idea: Why don't you go watch Law & Order? oh, yeah, I forgot ... you guys don't know what law and order is

Posted by: ndygrl | May 16, 2010 12:55 PM

I will really miss this nuanced, intelligent program. Once again television has understimated the taste and intellect of viewers. Well, more time for reading.

Posted by: padre1957 | May 16, 2010 1:09 PM

Hi NDYGRL, you got it right. They should have allowed it to break the reacord. I loved L&O. Now all of my Jack's are going away. Jack Malone- Without A Trace. Jack Bauer- 24. Jack McCoy - L&O. What's a girl to do? Find another Jack quick...:)

Posted by: janeyre | May 16, 2010 1:54 PM

Actually, Law and Order was not the same great series after the departure of the late Jerry Orbach (Lenny Briscoe). He exemplified New York and was, indeed, the only star. Now, it's just the tired same-old. It's time.

Posted by: sameolddoc | May 16, 2010 5:33 PM

Think again folks, it's NBC's love affair with Jay Leno that's responsible for the 50% drop in ad dollars.

Why advertise on a show that people can't find? How many times was this show moved this past season? I sure lost track of it, by the time I found it again (quite by accident) I found the Leu sick, one dectective thinner by about fifty pounds and the other had his face revealed for all to see.

Money talks and ...well you know the rest. Jay Leno killed this program.

Posted by: roughrider7 | May 16, 2010 6:42 PM

The sad thing was that after a few questionable seasons, L&O was finally getting better, with an improved cast and better writing. Maybe NBC will reconsider.

Posted by: jimsillan | May 16, 2010 6:45 PM

Ravensfan, et al:

I'd gladly leave the politics out of any commentary on L&O, but Dick Wolf's increasingly political stance does play a role in decreased viewership.

Case in point? Here's one of many:

Posted by: OttoDog | May 16, 2010 8:08 PM

You know what's really funny? All these people complaining about Wolf's political views are the same ones who rally behind South Park. Of course, I guess these people missed the episode where Parker and Stone took a stab at Beck and Palin.

Posted by: samiles96 | May 16, 2010 10:32 PM

Law and Order provided quality episodes that made you think, not think for you. I really enjoyed the shows that ended without a verdict. That show elevated a television set above the idiot box label level. Even the spin off shows are good. However, I'm going to miss watching the show.

Posted by: skinfreak | May 17, 2010 2:58 AM

P.S. I wasn't miserable watching Law and Order.

Posted by: skinfreak | May 17, 2010 3:01 AM

Stop the sick miserable reality trash that we are stuffing down the throats of our children and teenagers. The misfits and morons that appear on these shows are below scum. More scripted television puts the pressure on the movie makers to come up with better product. The quality of most films these days is below that of scripted television. 24 is the best of the lot, but The Good Wife, Flashforward, Fringe, Masterpiece Theatre, the cancelled Dollhouse and Madmen are all top quality shows.

Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | May 17, 2010 7:31 AM

The plot lines in L & O used to be excellent - until they became a mechanism for the uber-liberal agenda (anti-gun-rights, anti-religion, anti-American, anti-etc.). Just this past week, when a Dummycr*p senator was being investigated by the "blues", they were asked if they really wanted to 'sabotage a Democr*p seat'. C'mon, now guys - - if you had left the agenda out, there would have been no shrinking of the audience. However, no one enjoys a program that insults your beliefs and assumes an elitist tone. So bye, bye L & O - - you WERE once a great show. But, given your recent preaching obummer, you will not be missed.

Posted by: segeny | May 17, 2010 5:33 PM

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