Thursday, July 18, 2024

Chris Meloni’s Disorganized Crime Still in Turmoil as 4th Showrunner Named in 2 Years


I’ve said over and over that “Law & Order: Organized Crime” is a mess.

Today the Dick Wolf production starring Chris Meloni appointed its fourth showrunner in two years.

Sean Jablonski is taking over for Bryan Goluboff as showrunner. Goluboff replaced Barry O’Brien, who succeeded Ilene Chaiken.

What’s the problem? Without “SVU” preceding it at 9pm, “Organized Crime” has no identity or purpose. It exists solely to suggest a romance between Meloni’s Stabler and Mariska Hargitay’s Olivia Benson.

There are no secondary characters anyone cares about, and the show just seems violent.

With NBC contemplating killing the 10pm hour, Wolf has to come up with a reason for “Organized Crime.” Right now, you could just move Meloni back into “SVU,” save the money and call it a day.

The first season of “OC” was all about Stabler vs. Richard Wheatley, played by Dylan McDermott. The second season was all about getting rid of Wheatley. Then they added the annoying Dennis Leary. Things just got worse.

Maybe Jablonski will have some fresh ideas to enliven the show and set it on the right track. If not, “OC” may be shuffling off to TV oblivion soon.

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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