Friday, May 24, 2024

Christopher Meloni’s “Law & Order Organized Crime” Gets a Second Season Despite Soft Ratings


Benson and Stabler will get to go another round.

NBC has renewed “Law & Order Organized Crime” as the companion show to “Law & Order SVU.”

Hardcore fans will be thrilled as the saga of Mariska Hargitay’s Olivia Benson and Chris Meloni’s Elliot Stabler will continue in cross overs galore, no doubt, and more fevered proclamations of love.

But “Organized Crime” has soft ratings. It’s really very much like “The Colbys” or “The Girl from UNCLE.” It’s not generating new fans or ideas. It’s completely dependent on “SVU.”

“OG” also suffers from structural issues. Instead of putting Stabler in situations with all kinds of organized crime, he’s just got Dylan McDermott to fight every single week. Even on “The Fugitive,” David Janssen had different adventures. He wasn’t always battling Lt. Gerard or the one armed man.

Dick Wolf says next season will be broken into three 8 episode arcs. I really hope the plotting fans out to just more of Stabler vs. (lol) Sinatra. Maybe they’ll have a Sinatra singalong.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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