Dick Wolf brings back law and order

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Eleven years ago, the 20-year run of the original Law and order It’s over. Dun. Dun.

Law and order is a show that has employed countless New Yorkers and introduced us to a revolving door of talented actors representing various members of the Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office. He has also featured dozens of guests who have achieved different levels of fame and his reruns live on in syndication forever.

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I’ll fully admit that I’m a Lennie Brisco fan girl. Jerry Orbach was simply the best at delivering inappropriate lines at a crime scene. But, I’m not really sure we need any other law enforcement-glorifying shows these days. Dick Wolf Productions is already responsible for 10 legal dramas currently on television: Law and order SVU, Organized crime law and order, Chicago fire, Chicago PD, FBI, Most Wanted FBI, FBI International, Cold justice, Criminal confessions, and Night watch. If you add that up with the shows produced by Donald P. Bellisario, that’s a lot of cops on a lot of televisions.

But, if Dick Wolf wants to bring the OG back, here are a few things I’d like to see:

Elizabeth Rohm’s character, Serena Southerlyn, working as a pro bono LGBTQIA rights lawyer happily living in Queens with a wife and child.

Former Jesse L. Martin sleuth Ed Green is now a Broadway artist recovering from Covid. We’re gonna need at least one big song and a dance number from her. Bonus points if, in the scene, they catch him leaving the Jerry Orbach Theater.

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Diane Weist does whatever she wants. Maybe it’s just her and S. Epatha Merkerson having a drink in a bar somewhere. It would be nice.

Sam Waterson’s return as Jack McCoy, who has been called into retirement (riding his motorbike across the United States) to pursue a ‘out of the headlines’ case involving … counterfeit Covid vaccination cards. Of course, let’s go for now and we can add plot B later.

The ghost of Lennie Briscoe haunting the paddock coffee machine.

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An Easter egg portrait of Arthur Branch (who was played by Fred Dalton Thompson) dressed in fancy Renaissance clothing hanging in a hallway somewhere.

An episode about Black Lives Matter with Anthony Anderson, but as character, Dr. Johnson, from Blackish.

Emil Skoda of JK Simmons in private practice dealing with police officers and former police officers who are plagued with guilt for wrongdoing in the line of duty (and off duty).

An episode “snatched from the headlines” on the January 6 insurrection. But move it to New York City Hall and make giant goofball, mayor doofus, villain.

Benjamin Bratt. And maybe ask Julia Roberts to reprise her guest role and they can rekindle it all. This could be embarrassing for the actors, who are exes. But whatever.

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A sort of hand-to-hand fight between Jeremy Sisto’s character, Lupo, and Chris Noth’s Mike Logan. Yeah, I know Chris Noth is old. I bet it would still be a good fight.

Anyway, there are no details yet. But if Law and order is your jam, stay tuned. DUN DUN.

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