According to the latest news on the jungle drums, there will be no second season for Law & Order UK. The broadcasters, ITV, are having financial problems. They only showed half the Season One recorded episodes. The other half are scheduled to air in the Autumn.
"Jeff is a nice guy and an excellent actor, whose work has often inspired me. It's a huge honour that he'll be replacing me". Vincent D'Onofrio 2009.
It does seem crazy as it won it's time-slot in the ratings each week it aired.
Like alot of broadcasters, ITV is strapped for cash. They did appeal to the Government for the ban on Product Placement in TV shows to be lifted. The answer was no but will be reviewed some time in the future. The argument against PP is the dumbing down of quality television.
I do not think the door is completely shut and the key turned in the lock - will Dick Wolf step in and step up - I do find it odd that they only aired half the episodes that were filmed.
To answer your question, Annabelle, I really don't know. There is alot of wheeling and dealing and trimming and slicing going on in TV land so we'll just have to wait until an announcement is made.
I know the stars of the show want a second series but that is to be expected.
P.S. It was criticised for not having original storylines. I did think this was a valid point.
Rather than start a new thread for the LO:CI ratings in the UK, I am posting the Season 7 premiere figures in this thread. Made sense to me to keep any UK news on the franchise worth posting in the one place rather than multiple threads.
I don't intend posting weekly rating figures but this was a season premiere and the BBC News had three million more viewers! -------
A new series of US drama Law and Order: Criminal Intent brought 1.4 million viewers and an 8% share to Five in the 10pm hour, although BBC1's news was the winner at 10pm with 4.3 million and 23% over 20 minutes.
Law & Order: UK is expected to return to screens in 2010
ITV1 has commissioned a second series of crime drama Law & Order, which will return with the same cast, including Bradley Walsh, Jamie Bamber and Freema Agyeman.
A new run of 13 episodes of the UK version of the US format will go into production later this year, with broadcast expected next year, after the ITV director of television, channels and online, Peter Fincham, and the director of drama, Laura Mackie, gave it the green light.
A first batch of seven episodes launched in February on ITV1 and averaged 6.3 million viewers and a 25% share. A further six episodes from the first series have also been filmed and will air soon.
Law & Order: UK is based on Dick Wolf's groundbreaking US format, the longest-running crime series in American history, which NBC recently renewed for a 20th season.
The UK series will be again co-produced by Kudos Films and Television, Wolf Films and NBC Universal, with Jane Featherstone, Andrew Woodhead, Stephen Garrett and Wolf executive producing. Richard Stokes will return as producer.
"This new commission brings our total order to 26 episodes which demonstrates our commitment to series that have concepts and storylines that can run long term," Mackie said.
"Audiences clearly loved the first series which featured the cream of British acting talent with gripping 'torn from the headlines' storylines and this will again be at the heart of the new series."
Wolf added: "This is a great day for the Law and Order brand ... it's wonderful to have pick-ups on both sides of the Atlantic. I am very proud of the work the actors, producers, writers and crew have done on Law and Order: UK and it would be my sincerest pleasure for it to be one of the cornerstones of ITV's programming slate for years to come."
Garrett said: "We're immensely proud of the show's success and the fact that something so quintessentially American feels so essentially British. ITV's support has been absolute and in these difficult times another order of 13 episodes is a ringing endorsement of their continuing commitment to quality primetime drama."
ITV has also confirmed a further four episodes of detective drama Lewis, which will be filmed next month.
The two recommisisons come after ITV axed its two Saturday pre-watershed dramas Primeval and Demons, saying it wanted to concentrate on its 9pm output.
Leigh Holmwood Guardian.co.uk, Thursday 25 June 2009.
If anyone is interested BBCA is currently showing this show Friday nights at 9 and 10pm. I really enjoyed it, I thought it was much better than LOLA. I thought all the characters were really good except for the young Mike Logan character, it was really obvious they were trying for that and it just failed for me. I thought the other characters were different enough that I could believe them.
Post by outerbankschick on Oct 12, 2010 19:52:18 GMT -5
I watched an ep the other night...not bad, but I didn't realize that the show was only airing repurposed plots that had already been done here. I was looking for something new, so it wasn't as entertaining when I already knew the whole story and who did what. That was kind of boring.
It was nice to watch it with a bit of British sarcastic humor tossed in though. But not enough to make me stop everything to seek it out. If I come across it, I'll probably watch, but being a fan of the Mothership, I've already seen so many of the older episodes so none of these stories are likely to "grab" me.
The more I watch this the more I like it. The characters are really getting interesting and I am even warming up to the younger detective. I never watched the original Law and Order until recently so the episodes are new to me and they seem so much better than the stories of lola. I can't help comparing the two since I started watching them both at the same time and the UK version just seems so much better. Even the guest stars are compelling and seem to be so much more believable.
DonnaJo, if you have comcast you can find it in the on demand section. I finally got to see the first episode and I loved it. I agree that it would be better if the stories weren't retreads of the mothership, but there is something to be said for seeing how the same crime is handled across the pond. Also, I just love listening to them talk