'Law & Order' Love

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Have you ever heard of a little show called Law & Order? With the proper cable TV lineup, you could probably watch it for at least 12 hours straight every day, so I'd be surprised if you haven't. I've always been a casual watcher — there's nothing like Jerry Orbach on a sick day — and when Law & Order: Criminal Intent debuted, I stuck with it for a couple of seasons, thanks to Goren and Eames*, the crimesolving duo I like best (and I still delight in the reruns). And let's not forget Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, the third star of the franchise. The shows always seem to be up on, or even ahead of, the news, so how do they do it? There are only so many headlines from which to rip. Have you seen a story that seems ripe for the Law & Order treatment? And which is your favorite, and why?

*I want to say especially Goren, because I'm a serious member of the Vincent D'Onofrio fanclub... but then again, Eames — played by Kathryn Erbe — is the best straight man (er, woman) ever. I love them both!

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Went to a DC Chapter meeting of Room To Read at the South African Embassy last night...it was awesome. I am looking forward to helping Rene Balcer raise money by auctioning items from my collection of Vincent D'Onofrio memorabilia including an authentic costume from Men In Black on behalf of the Frances Goren library campaign

Sent by S.E. Olson | 3:36 PM | 10-24-2007

I liked the original L&O for many years, but then got really, really bored with it. Each episode what always "ripped from the headlines," which translates to, "copied loosely from a crime story that you already know about from endless media coverage." It became so predictable. Meanwhile, I thought SVU started off weakly but then has gotten better over the years. I haven't watched it this season - having an infant at home will change your TV habits radically - but I enjoyed last season of SVU more than most shows I saw on the big four networks. But I'd still trade in all L&O shows forever if I could just convince HBO to not let the upcoming season of The Wire be its final season. Same thing to FX regarding The Shield.

Sent by andy carvin | 9:23 AM | 10-25-2007