Saturday, April 20, 2024

Good News for NBC’s “SVU,” “Law & Order” Classic, Chicago Shows, But Chris Meloni’s Organized Crime Teeters


Well, it’s good news for Dick Wolf at NBC.

His Wednesday line up of “Chicago” shows will all be back next season.

So will “Law & Order,” and “SVU,” for more stories ripped from today’s headlines.

But Christopher Meloni’s “Law & Order Organized Crime” is teetering on cancellation. So far NBC will only say they’re in discussions. But “OC” has never built a loyal viewing base. Still no one knows what it’s about after three seasons. I’ve tried to watch it to no avail. I don’t get it.

If NBC cancels “Organized Crime” that will lessen Wolf’s stranglehold on the network. If NBC keeps it, or moves it to Peacock, which is possible, Meloni and everyone else involved would have to take pay cuts.

“Organized Crime” did show some spark of a rating last week when it ran against “Station 19” on ABC. If Meloni’s fans tune in tonight with some heft, maybe they’ll keep their show.

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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