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Law & Order: Los Angeles: NBC TV Show Cancelled; No Season Two

Law and Order: Los Angeles canceledAfter several months away, original episodes of Law & Order: Los Angeles returned to the NBC schedule last month. April 11th was a sad day for fans of Skeet Ulrich as his character was killed off. A month later, the whole series has been eliminated. NBC has cancelled Law & Order: Los Angeles.

The latest in a long-running franchise, Law & Order: Los Angeles follows the men and women of the justice system in the Southern California metropolis. Castmembers include Alana de la Garza, Alfred Molina, Corey Stoll, Rachel Ticotin, Terrence Howard, Megan Boone, Regina Hall, and Ulrich.

The Dick Wolf series got off to an okay start back in September with a 3.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 10.64 million viewers. Unfortunately, the numbers took an immediate turn for the worse and the TV series lost 25% of the demo viewers in week two and another 21% in week three. After just a handful of weeks on the air, L&O:LA registered a truly horrible 1.7 rating in the demo.

Should L&O: LA have been cancelled?

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NBC announced that the series was being put on hiatus so that it could be reworked and relaunched. L&O:LA finally returned last month and few cared. The series lost 32% in the demo, compared to the last original episode in December. The next episode dropped another 27% and hit a series low with a 1.1 in the demo and 5.12 million viewers.

Though Wolf has a long history with NBC, it’s not enough to save this series. The peacock network has cancelled the show after one season. Because of the hiatus, only 13 of the 22 produced episodes have aired. Its expected that the remainder, including some that were produced before the revamp, will air.

What do you think? Are you disappointed that there won’t be a second season of Law & Order: Los Angeles? Why did it fail where others have succeeded? Did you like it better before or after the revamp?

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SABATINO PERRONE May 16, 2011 at 5:40 am

NBC HAS NO CLUE WHAT IT IS DOING. IF YOU CHECK THE TOP 20 SHOWS EVERY WEEK< THEY ONLY HAVE 1 OR 2 SHOWS IN THE TOP 20. CBS IS KICKING THERE BUTT ! YOU CAN"T PUT A NEW SHOW ON AND THEN TAKE IT OFF FOR A MONTH AND THEN PUT IT ON MONDAY AGAINST HAWAII 5-O. IDIOTS WORK AT NBC. AND THE RATING SYSTEM STINKS.

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F Gaspar May 15, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Keep it!!!

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margaret tudor May 14, 2011 at 7:00 pm

The dumbest decision Dick Wolf made was getting rid of Skeet Ulrich-thereby alienating a large chunk of his fans who only bothered to watch the show because of Skeet. Skeet’s gone, we’re gone. RIP LOLA. Serves you right Dick Wolf.

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G-Man May 14, 2011 at 7:31 am

A Facebook page devoted to the cause (facebook.com/ SaveOutsourced), as well as an aggressive e-mail campaign in the South Asian community and media, are imploring fans to write to SaveOutsourced@gmail.com. Mails will be forwarded to NBC entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt, to urge him to renew the show.

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P.P May 14, 2011 at 5:36 am

I just have three words to say: “NIELSEN RATING SYSTEM”

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C.J. May 13, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Guess this is bad karma for not giving the Original that 21st season. They could’ve had 13 final episodes to finish it off and then premiere LOLA. And next time, only put a show on hold if it’s already doing good in the ratings; look at Glee for example. Oh well, time for NBC to get fresh ideas anyway…

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Heidi May 13, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Please, please, please renew this show.. it is great!!! I liked the original one and Criminal Intent.. It’s a huge mistake to cancel LA, the cast is awesome, the writing is great. Who makes these stupid decisions of canceling a show this good? It’s frustrating!!!

Renew this show NBC… listen to the fans!!

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Bruce May 13, 2011 at 5:46 pm

OK, I’m going to say this one more time. Maybe, MAYBE someone from the idiot networks reads these posts, I’ll explain it yet again.

YOUR METHOD OF COMPILING RATINGS IS 50 YEARS OLD. You have NO WAY OF KNOWING how many people watch a show, the way you get ratings now. For example, let’s take this show. Maybe, oh, I don’t know, someone has to get up at 4am to go to work, so, they can’t stay up to watch a show that airs at 10pm, so THEY RECORD IT AND WATCH IT ANOTHER TIME. See, a lot of us, we have these things called DVR’s, now. Heard of them? No? Did you know it’s 2011, not 1958? Oh well.

Wait, I don’t think any network idiots will read this. I doubt they can read.

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a.l.ford May 13, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Keep it!!!

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NYtoHI May 13, 2011 at 5:09 pm

The stupidest thing about some of these decisions is how quickly they are made. The original Law & Order did poorly for three years before heating up, because network execs believed in it. Now you don’t have such patience, even when a show is quality as LOLA’s revamp was.

They needed to keep it on Wednesday with SVU, and then bring back the mothership for Sunday evening after the NFL was over, or Friday, where it did well.

NBC has now cancelled like 15 shows this season. LOL.

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MeMe Berkoski May 13, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Please keep it. It is very enjoyable. Alan De Garza is great and glad to see she was kept after the cancellation of the original, but Linus was the worst ever. I blame him and his poor acting. Alfred Molina is such an excellent actor. It is a great group on the LA version. Please reconsider.

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Scarlett Strauss May 13, 2011 at 4:20 pm

LOLA improved after it was retooled but it was not as good as The Mothership, a show that had experienced a creative resurgence with its last cast rotation and improved writing and deserved more time on the air. Instead, Wolf and co. decided to rush through the creative process (per their own admission, btw) of creating a new series that’d be “trendier” and thought they’d just eat it up because it bore the L&O brand. Rene Balcer was surprised when that did not happen and was reportedly perplexed the fans took The Original’s cancellation “out on LOLA”. You’re only perplexed because you underestimate your audience, sir. You had a fine product which was replaced with an inferior version and people responded accordingly, the end. People have tons of options as to what to watch every day of the week. Now, if only The Mothership, with its last configuration intact, could be resurrected…. *le sigh*

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Tha Critic May 13, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Yikes!!!

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Jeremy Rynek May 13, 2011 at 2:16 pm

What royal rip. Their mistake was canceling the original. I don’t know why it didn’t get better as it went on, maybe they should have had Connie there from the beginning, or brink back Jack, who knows now. Can NBC at least renew SVU??

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NYtoHI May 13, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Stupid decision by NBC. The show was doing great on Wednesdays but needed retooling, which they do, only to cancel it a month into the retooling becuase they stuck it on Mondays. Stupid.

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