Various sources are reporting that Law & Order - THE MOTHERSHIP! - has been canceled. Michael Ausiello posted the information on the EW web site, saying “NBC is declining to comment on a Deadline claiming the network has opted to not to renew the long-running procedural for what would have been a record-breaking 21st season.” The Deadline report ”NBC CANCELS 'LAW & ORDER' FLAGSHIP” said “This is very surprising as NBC brass had indicated lately that they would bring L&O for a record-breaking 21st season. But with strong development, especially on the drama side, and soft ratings for L&O, NBC apparently opted not to keep the aging series, which spawned several successful spinoffs. The latest, Law & Order: Los Angeles, will launch next season. L&O's renewal by NBC was also contingent on securing a sizable commitment from the series' cable home TNT whose off-network deal for the show was up at the end of this season.” But the Futon Critic tweeted that “We're told LAW & ORDER cancellation report is a bit premature: negotiations are still ongoing and a deal is still possible by Monday.” TV Guide Magazine tweeted with certainty that it was canceled. So who is correct? Who knows. Hopefully NBC will make an official statement soon. Stay tuned.
Needless to say, I would be very sorry to see this show go, since right now it’s the best in the franchise.
I will try to keep running updates below if/when new information becomes available.
Update May 14, 2010 2:00 PM - It is officially canceled:
NBC Press Release: Law & Order Officially Canceled
Just for reference, I will keep the previous articles on the topic listed below.
Update May 13, 2010, 7 PM ET: The latest from the New York Times Is ‘Law & Order,’ TV’s Longest Running Series, About to be Canceled?: "People close to “Law & Order” were told Thursday afternoon that the pioneering NBC drama had been canceled. But the network has not yet confirmed the decision, and there were indications late Thursday that talks were ongoing about its fate."
May 14, 2010 6:15 AM Updates from later last evening:
The Hollywoof Reporter: "NBC in talks to keep 'Law & Order' on the air" said:
"But NBC's testy relationship with Wolf came to head Thursday when the producer rejected the network's offer to continue the show at a reduced license fee. Wolf's office told producers and some cast members that the drama had been canceled, triggering online reports that the show was finished.
Not so fast, countered NBC, which had yet to ax the series and wants to continue negotiations.
As of late Thursday afternoon, talks were set to continue, with most NBC executives in transit to New York for the network's upfront presentation on Monday.
If there's a stalemate, "L&O" will end its run after 20 seasons.
There also is the possibility that Wolf will shop the series to cable. TNT tried to pick up rights to "L&O" in 2007, convincing NBC to renew the series and move spinoff "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" to USA.
But if NBC can't afford Wolf's price tag, could a cable network? For TNT, at least, the answer seems to be no, with a network rep saying that Turner is not in talks with Wolf for the show. "
New York Times ‘Law & Order’ Series Said to Be in Jeopardy
"By one estimate, more than 8,000 people in the city are employed, directly and indirectly, by the series and its two spinoffs, including many theatrical actors who make appearances."
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