Monday, April 22, 2024

UPDATE: Dick Wolf Won’t Have All Thursday Law & Order at NBC as “For the Defense” Vanishes into Thin Air


Remember when we were all excited about Dick Wolf having the whole of Thursday night this season?

Not happening.

“Law & Order For the Defense” just never happened. NBC announced the new show in May, making Thursday all Wolf, all L&O with “SVU” and “Organized Crime.” Carol Mendelsohn of “CSI” fame was producing.

But it turns out no one was “For the Defense.” They never cast the show. Sources confirm for me that Wolf’s company never actually knew what it was about, there were no scripts. It was just a title.

Who can blame Dick? He has so many shows on the air, it’s not possible to run them all. He’s got three “FBI” shows on CBS. He’s got three other shows on NBC with the “Chicago” trilogy. Obviously, someone forgot to actually map out “For the Defense.”

But you know, it’s July 15th. What were they doing all this time? No one asked me, but I’d say that “For the Defense” sounded like the original “Law & Order.” Maybe they should just revive the classic. Instead of having “Law & Order OG” it could be “OG Law & Order.” Where the heck is Dann Florek?

Now NBC has a sinkhole on Thursdays at 10pm which they’ll fill with more episodes of “Organized Crime” and eventually “The Blacklist.”

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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