The End of the Original Law and Order

One of the first paid acting gigs I had was as a background performer on the original Law and Order.  So it is with sadness that I learned that the series that launched a franchise is finally being cancelled by NBC after 20 seasons and a bunch of spin-offs.  Read all about it here.

Practically every actor in New York has a Law and Order credit on their resume.  It has been a great boon to the television production industry in NYC.  Besides local actors who will miss the frequent work that the series provided and the local businesses that welcomed the revenue that the production brought to the city, fans of the show will miss the great weekly episodes that starred so many great performers during its two decades -- Chris Noth, Jerry Orbach, Michael Moriarty, Paul Sorvino, Sam Waterston, Dianne Wiest, Fred Thompson, Michael Imperioli, Jeremy Sisto, Anthony Anderson, and many others.

There are so many franchises on television now, including C.S.I. and StargateLaw and Order spawned a bunch of spin-offs, including Special Victims Unit, Criminal Intent, and the upcoming Los Angeles.  The only other television series with a better track record for spin-offs is probably Star Trek.

It will be a bittersweet good-bye.  Every show must eventually come to an end, and Law and Order has had an incredible run.  But it will still be sad to see it go.  May its memory live on.