Sunday, May 26, 2024

“Law & Order: Organized Crime” Moves to Peacock as Dick Wolf Potentially Loses An Hour of Prime Time


Dick Wolf has lost an hour of prime time TV.

NBC Universal is moving “Law & Order Organized Crime” from the network to streaming on Peacock. The ratings deprived crime show has never caught on at 10pm despite massive efforts to cross it over with “SVU.”

Now Wolf loses his three hour block on NBC on Thursdays, while still keeping his three hours on CBS with “FBI” shows and Wednesdays on NBC with “Chicago” variants.

Do you remember how this all started? Wolf was supposed to deliver a different “Law & Order” show to NBC but it didn’t work out. Thinking it was happening, NBC killed “Manifest,” a popular show, so that Wolf could take the evening with “Law & Order” and “SVU.”

It turned out Wolf’s team had never developed the show they promised. “Manifest” moved to Netflix because fans were furious that it had been cancelled mid-cliff hanger.

Then Wolf and co. came up with “Organized Crime.” The show never had a purpose other than to feature Chris Meloni as Elliot Stabler. At least five showrunners have come and gone since then. They’ve wasted Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn as Meloni’s mother. Dylan McDermott managed to escape and go to the “FBI” on CBS after his run on “OC” was a failure.

Now “OC” will get 10 streaming episodes that no one will watch. And Tuesdays at 10pm are up in the air unless Wolf can developed “Law & Order: Taylor Swift.”

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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