End of an Era (UPDATE)
May 14th, 2010
NBC announced today that it had canceled Law and Order — the city’s longest running primetime series.
Here is Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s statement on the show’s cancellation:
“Over the last 20 years, Law & Order became a New York City institution. It began filming in the City at a time when few series did, and it helped pave the way for the more than 150 television shows based here today, including the Law & Order spinoff Special Victims Unit, which will continue. Law & Order not only broke the record for New York City’s longest-running primetime series, it set the record for the longest-running crime series in the nation, collecting numerous Emmy awards along the way. It also helped launch the careers of thousands of talented actors and featured many memorable performances – although my cameos are not among them. We’re grateful to Dick Wolf for choosing New York City as its location for all of these years, and for helping showcase the City’s depth and versatility as a setting and all of the advantages of filming here.”
UPDATE: We just checked in with Julianne Cho of the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting, who said every season of Law and Order contributed $79 million to New York City’s economy. It ran here in New York for two decades. The show employed more than 4,000 people, Cho said.By Courtney Gross on May 14, 2010, 1:53 pm
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