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JediTricks
10-09-2006, 06:17 PM
This season starts and all 3 L&O shows are screwed up.

First, the timeslot change, now L&O Criminal Intent and L&O SVU are on back to back Tuesday - it's too much Law & Order for one night! Plus, CI is a way different feeling from The Rape Show, it's no fun going from one to the other. And NBC moved the original L&O - one of their flagship shows for the past 15 years - on the Friday night death slot, and the show that's replaced it immediately tanked.

Then there's the casting issues, each series has at least 1 new character. Law & Order CI gets a new captain and it's a character actor who often plays tormented druggies, he feels totally off with the rest of the cast and not believable as captain of the major case squad. Then, after adding Chris Noth last season in half the episodes, the actress who played his partner gets swapped out for some new younger girl who is way unbelievable as a cop because she's such a lightweight on-screen and she looks like a teenager.

Law & Order SVU has to swap out star Mariska Hargitay while she's pregnant for some Danish actress who looks like a model more than a cop, has a weird accent (not quite here or there) and just doesn't feel like someone who would be in this squad (they've used that in the stories she's been in so far, but it's still not likely she'd be put there in the first place).

And regular ol' Law & Order has 2 new pieces of casting, one of the main detectives from last season left after just 1 season, replacing him with a very yount-looking girl who definitely feels out of place as a cop, much less a detective. But worse is the latest assistant district attorney, after killing off the blond girl from last season, they bring in this generic brunette who looks like she's working hard to be a supermodel, it's totally ridiculous, and she's not a particularly good actress here either, seems like the ADA role has been getting weaker and weaker since Jill Hennessy left 10 years ago.

Seems like these shows are all the legacy shows NBC has left and they're working hard to bury them, which is too bad.

Turbowars
10-23-2006, 11:35 PM
Let me just say I'm so tired of L&O. My wife watches all of them and like you said it's just too much N&O. I do watch SVU with here. That new chick has to go though.

Tell you one thing I should would hate to have McCoy prosecuting me in the other L&O!:yes:

El Chuxter
10-24-2006, 11:43 AM
CSI happened. Plain and simple.

CSI started out strong, but the plausibility and credibility shot to hell after a season or two. But, it's still incredibly popular. So the creators of Law and Order feel like they have to mimic CSI. Sad, really. I like shows where, when all the evidence points to the jilted ex-husband with the candlestick in the ballroom, the real cause of death doesn't turn out to be trampling by giraffes in the last minute of the show.

JediTricks
10-24-2006, 02:20 PM
Law & Order has been the king of the twist ending since a decade before CSI was on the air. It's almost their trademark now, along with the bink-bink sound. :p

El Chuxter
10-24-2006, 02:27 PM
Yes, but their twist endings used to fit and make sense. If you see a gun in CSI, and there's a jealous ex-boyfriend, then it's going to turn out that the murder victim died of a heart attack while having sex with a guy in a dog costume at a hot dog eating contest.

JediTricks
10-24-2006, 02:42 PM
L&O's twist endings rarely made sense, especially when the detectives missed some piece of info that some bimbo ADA is able to ferret out and expose just in time.

Turbowars
10-24-2006, 05:36 PM
Yes, but their twist endings used to fit and make sense. If you see a gun in CSI, and there's a jealous ex-boyfriend, then it's going to turn out that the murder victim died of a heart attack while having sex with a guy in a dog costume at a hot dog eating contest.Hey I saw that one.

pbarnard
10-24-2006, 06:39 PM
This season starts and all 3 L&O shows are screwed up.

And NBC moved the original L&O - one of their flagship shows for the past 15 years - on the Friday night death slot, and the show that's replaced it immediately tanked.

Show's been on 15 years. It's audiance has basically aged out of the demographics that advertisers care about. They bring people back, bring people in from other shows (created by Dick Wolfe), etc. Very few shows can even have that longevity. Perhaps it's time is finally up.

JediTricks
10-25-2006, 01:47 PM
It doesn't have to be, but they have to do more than change casts, they need to get down to more varied cases and writing styles.