Friday, June 21, 2024

NBC Announces Fall Schedule, Dick Wolf Loses An Hour as Network Shelves “Law & Order Organized Crime” Til 2024


Dick Wolf was running a perfect three nights of network TV until now. He had the “FBI” shows on CBS Tuesdays, Wednesday on NBC with “Chicago” trilogy, and three “Law & Orders” on NBC Thursdays.

That is over, for next fall. NBC released their new schedule for the fall and Chris Meloni’s ‘Organized Crime” will not play on Thursdays until next year.

The network had only renewed the show for 13 weeks, which is a half season. It its place will be a new show called “Found.” It comes not from Wolf, but from Greg Berlanti, a major player in what might call mainstream network TV.

NBC probably thinks “OC” needs a breather to figure out what it is. The police drama has gone through five showrunners in three seasons. It exists solely as a function of “SVU” based on the ongoing middle age teenage romance between Meloni’s Stabler and Mariska Hargitay’s Benson. Does this mean no Stabler all fall? I’ll bet Stabler shows up on “SVU.”

“SVU” is leading into its 25th season, which is extraordinary. It had excellent ratings all year, trouncing “Greys Anatomy” on ABC. But over on CBS, “So Help Me Todd,” starring Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden, has improved steadily thanks to the two comedies that precede it. Last night, “Todd” beat “SVU.” So maybe Wolf will roll back to Stabler and bring back Kelli Giddish’s Rollins, who’s been sorely missed.

“Organized Crime” will return in early 2024 after “Found” is well, not “Lost,” but lost.

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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