NBC renews "Law & Order"

TV Arts

David
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3id7e408c33433513280a804e9abf6f8d7

NBC renews 'Law & Order'
20th season ties 'Gunsmoke's' record
By Nellie Andreeva

"Law & Order" will match "Gunsmoke's" record 20-year run.

NBC on Monday renewed Dick Wolf's veteran crime drama for a 20th
season, sources said.

The order is believed to be for 16 episodes.

Wolf had been open about his desire to tie "Gunsmoke" for the longest-
running drama series on television.

Once a staple at NBC, "L&O," which spawned two successful spinoff
series with "Law & Order: SVU" and "Law & order: CI," has seen its
ratings slide in the last couple seasons when it served as a midseason
replacement.

Its current cast includes Jeremy Sisto, Anthony Anderson, Sam
Waterston, S. Epatha Merkerson, Alana De La Garza and Linus Roache.

NBC is slated to announce its schedule for next season Tuesday in New
York.
                                            
altec3220yahoocom
It will need another 9 or so seasons (at 22 episodes per season) to
match Gunsmoke's episode count, I think.
                                            
Syvyn11
It will need another 9 or so seasons (at 22 episodes per season) to
match Gunsmoke's episode count, I think.

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ain't no way that's gonna happen.    It's got one or two more seasons at 
most.

And this next season will be SVUs last.
                                            
clouddreamer
But how many of Gunmoke's episodes were only 30 minutes long?

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David
And did they re-use earlier scripts like long-running shows back then
used to do?
                                            
Dano
And did they re-use earlier scripts like long-running shows back then
used to do?
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I'll bet if you went back and checked, you'd find they did that even more
often...not less.
                                            
Adam
Gunsmoke re-used radio scripts.

L&O has never reused an idea, sheesh.
                                            
Barry
But L&O frequently "rips from today's headlines".  I doubt the Gunsmoke 
writers could cheat this way. :)
                                            
Hank
Gunsmoke had stories ripped from the history books.
                                            
Adam
Let's not forget that even tv in the 1960's had socially conscious
episodes, although they weren't yet calling them Very Special Episodes.
There probably was an episode of "Gunsmoke" about the first Jew getting
admitted to the local country club.
                                            
Anim8rFSK
Sounds more like "The Big Valley"
                                            
Adam
Heh.
                                            
David
There's some repitition of ideas, but a lot more care goes into
crafting a tv show today than there was in "Gunsmoke"s time, when
there was little to no back-end money and no incentive not to use old
scripts or re-stage "High Noon" for the umpteeth time.
                                            
Adam
You couldn't be more wrong. In the 1960's, Westerns had high production
budgets for television and were shot like movies. That's why there was a
market for second run syndication for them.

Oh: They are still re-staging "High Noon", and "A Christmas Carol" 20
times each television season. And the bad guy turns out to be the hero's
friend or brother, in a surprise twist. Or the politician with the
sainted reputation is behind the conspiracy.
                                            
David
Really? Since all the episodes were filmed on a backlot and reused the
same dozen of typical Western concepts I would've thought they weren't
very high budget or finely crafted. Maybe "Gunsmoke" and "Bonanza"
were an exception, but I can't believe that the flood of westerns at
that time were considered high-quality.
                                            
Adam
Don't sneeze at movie studio back lots. They were huge!

In the 1950s, tv westerns reused a lot of footage from 1930's movies. In
the '60's, the westerns had bigger budgets and they looked about as good
as movies from that era. They were competing for an adult market.

"The Virginian" gets repeated from time to time. That may have been the
best looking from the era. It was unusual as it was made for a 90 minute
time slot.

As far as reusing concepts, well, in the 1960's, they hadn't been reused
as often!
                                            
Syvyn11
according to wiki 233 episodes.