A NY Times blog says that Dick Wolf is determined to break his show’s tie with ‘Gunsmoke’ as the longest running TV series. That desire must be strong: it was reported today in Variety and in a few other sources that NBC Universal is now shopping the original Law & Order to Turner Broadcasting.
NBC Universal owns the rights to the series, so there’s a good reason for them to not turn off the tap; the show is still popular in its various spin-offs, and Dick Wolf is probably a producer you want to help and work with if at all possible. As we reported in a short note the other day, the loss of the show’s 4000 some jobs would be a blow against the local production community as well as the many actors who gained needed work via the show’s constant call for new characters.
Read about the latest developments here.
Update: Here’s a link to the original NYT article with the 4000 job loss estimate.