It’s hard to believe that, after 20 years, the original Law & Order series isn’t on NBC’s upcoming primetime schedule.
As viewers are well aware, the venerable but low-rated series was cancelled by the peacock network when they couldn’t come to a financial agreement with series creator Dick Wolf. Episodes cost about $3 million each and the network supposedly wanted him to reduce his producer fee from $350,000 to $150,000 per episode.
There was talk that TNT, the cable channel that airs the reruns, might pick it up but they ultimately passed.
Now, it appears that AMC is interested in keeping Law & Order alive. Vulture is reporting that the cable channel has expressed interest in producing new episodes but the finances might again be an issue.
The per episode price of Law & Order is about 20% higher than what AMC typically spends on Breaking Bad or Mad Men. It could be worth it if L&O attracts a couple million more viewers to the channel. This season’s Breaking Bad finale brought just 1.6 million. Last spring, USA’s premiere of Law & Order: Criminal Intent drew 3.5 million viewers.
Aside from cost, one potential sticking point could be TNT. As part of the cable channel’s rerun deal, they have the power to veto a deal for new episodes on other stations.
What do you think? Would you be glad to see Law & Order end up on AMC? Would you watch?