NBC: Lots of Law, No Order

Crime drama's creator furious with NBC over handling of show
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2008 5:51 PM CDT
Alana de la Garza and Sam Waterston, in a scene from an episode of the "Law & Order" police television drama.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – NBC's relationship with Law and Order producer/creator Dick Wolf has always been uneasy, but now it’s turned into all-out war, the Wall Street Journal reports. Wolf is furious with the network, which he says sells the show to its cable stations on the cheap, then reruns it too often and doesn’t promote it enough. For its part, NBC accuses Wolf of simple greed.

Behind the disputes looms the fact that Law is losing steam. NBC has considered canceling the original show, which led to a court battle over Wolf’s “kill fee.” After an out-of-court settlement, the sides are at a tense stalemate. “One of Dick's virtues is that he can be strongly opinionated. He is a rhinoceros,” said one friend. “What makes it difficult to work for NBC is that they're like a pack of wolves.”