Sunday, July 21, 2024

Buried News: NBC Gives Only 13 Episode Order for “Organized Crime,” Raising Questions About Chris Meloni’s Elliot Stabler


Buried in their renewal news the other day was an NBC nugget: while “Law & Order” and “SVU” each got 22 episode orders for the fall season, “Organized Crime” got only 13.

Huh? “SVU” and “Organized Crime” have run in tandem every since the latter show arrived as a spin off. “OC” has never aired on its own independent of the 25 year old “SVU.” It’s just been used as an opportunity to milk the pseudo romance between Mariska Hargitay’s Olivia Benson and Chris Meloni’s Elliot Stabler. They even killed off Stabler’s wife to achieve that goal.

But “OC” has never caught on. Its ratings are way below the other two shows. The Meloni show is now on its fifth show runner and never has achieved its own identity. No one knows what its purpose is, why it exists other than to have Stabler ready to flirt with Benson at a moment’s notice.

The idea was that “OC” would be the third part of an all-Thursday Dick Wolf block on NBC, the way he has the “Chicago” shows on NBC Wednesdays and “FBI” night on Tuesdays on CBS. To get “OC” on the air, NBC had to knock off the popular “Manifest,” which led to protests and Netflix taking on the other show so it could play out its cliffhanger plots.

So now what? What happens when “OC” runs out of shows? Will Wolf cede his third hour on Thursdays? Will Meloni move to “SVU”? Will all of “OC” be used as crossovers with “SVU”? And will we ever know what “Organized Crime” was about?

Literally, stay tuned…

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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