This year marks the 20th season of Law & Order, the long-running NBC crime drama that's played host to hundreds of guest stars over the years. Many of those guest stars were relative unknowns when they appeared on the show, but went on to become household names. Here are some of our favorites.
The crime drama Law & Order has television history in its sights. Already the longest-running crime series in history, the Dick Wolf-created show is approaching unprecedented territory as it winds down its 17th season on TV. The Western Gunsmoke currently holds the honor of longest-running primetime drama, but Law & Order is seeking to overrule that.
NBC, however, has not yet renewed the show beyond this season, putting the record-breaking attempt in jeopardy. Fortunately for Law & Order's supporters, justice may be served thanks to TNT.
The cable network is in discussions with the show's producers to pick up original episodes of the series, thus extending its streak, reports Reuters. The move makes sense for TNT, which prominently features syndicated episodes of the program as part of its lineup.
Law & Order hit the airwaves in 1990 and has spawned a handful of spin-offs, including Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999-current) and ...Read more
While Mel Gibson secretly roams the United States testing reaction to his latest movie, Apocalypto, one of television's longest-running shows has decided to incorporate his recent legal troubles into an upcoming episode.
Staying true to its "ripped from the headlines" style, Law & Order, says it will air an episode on November 3 starring comedian Chevy Chase as a celebrity who is pulled over for drunk driving and then delivers an anti-Semitic rant at the arresting officers.
But Law & Order creator Dick Wolf said that while a viewer could draw comparisons to Gibson's anti-Semitic comments after being arrested for drunk driving last July, the TV story goes a bit further.
In the Law & Order episode, the Chase character turns out to have blood on his shirt belonging to a Jewish woman who had been the producer of his failed sitcom.
Gibson pleaded no contest to drunk driving charges and ...Read more
Annie Parisse, who has played Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Borgia on NBC's Law & Order for just over a year, will leave the veteran crime drama at season's end, sources said.
A network spokesman declined comment, saying that "it is the producers' desire to keep the season finale of Law & Order under wraps because of some surprising developments."
Law and Order is one of the most successful shows on TV, spawning the spin-offs Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and the short-lived Law & Order: Trial by Jury.
I can sum up this excellent season finale of Law & Order “The Drowned and The Saved” in just a few words:
The Drowned: The Shalvoys
The Saved: Jack McCoy and the DA’s office
Unlike the Law & Order SVU finale "Zebras" ”The Drowned and The Saved” successfully closed out a chapter in this season by tying together a story arc that has been building all year. I never liked Governor Shalvoy (I still think that Tom Everett Scott was wrong for the role) and I was very glad when he got his just desserts. It was also very pleasing that he got it at the hands of Michael Cutter, who for once used his slight of hand and trickery very wisely. It was worth tolerating the Shalvoys all season just to see them both taken down in such a gratifying manner. Read more
Oscar winner Anna Paquin is set to star opposite Aidan Quinn in the HBO movie Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, which chronicles how American Indians were displaced as the US expanded west during the latter half of the 19th century.
Paquin will play Elaine Goodale Eastman, a novelist, poet, journalist, editor, schoolteacher, and activist with considerable influence on 19th century American Indian education.
In 1885, she traveled west and opened a school on the Great Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, where she witnessed monumental events like the fallout from the Wounded Knee massacre in December 1890 and emerged as a voice for American Indian rights.
Production is slated to begin this month in Calgary, Canada. Wounded Knee will be executive produced by Tom Thayer and Law & Order creator Dick Wolf.
Canada-born Paquin won an Oscar for her supporting role in The Piano. On the big screen, she next appears ...Read more
The Basic Instinct actress will guest star as a policewoman turned prosecutor in four episodes of the NBC cop drama.
Stone, 51, will appear in the 11th season of the hit US show, whose previous guest stars include Hilary Duff.
The glamorous Hollywood star, who was nominated for a best actress Academy Award for Casino in 1996, has not yet started to film the episodes.
The Oscar-nominated actress's previous TV roles have included guest-starring on the series The Practice and appearing on Will and Grace.
She won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series in 2004 for The Practice.
"It is obviously a thrill and a delight to have a star of Sharon's wattage and importance joining SVU," said Law & Order: SVU producer Dick Wolf.
Law & Order, the longest running crime series and the second longest-running drama series in the history of American broadcast television, started its 18th season on NBC in the winter of 2008. The brainchild of creator Dick Wolf, Law & Order is the most successful brand in the history of primetime television; the winner of the 1997 Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, it ties Cheers and M*A*S*H for the most consecutive best series nominations (eleven) and the longest-running drama series currently on American television. The series has also turned into one of entertainment's preeminent brands using a distinct ripped from the headlines format, and has spawned the successful spinoffs Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Crime & Punishment, Law & Order: Trial by Jury and Law & Order: Los Angeles. Filmed entirely in and around New York City, this realistic yet fictional drama looks at crime and justice from a dual perspective. Law & Order has been renewed through 2009 and delivers some of the highest ratings on television, ranking fourth for any drama on any network among adults 18-49 for the past four full seasons. Season-to-date, the show remains a top-25 series among adults 18-49, a top-20 series in total viewers and one of the most upscale dramas on television. Law & Order was also television's #5 drama in overall total viewers for the 2003-04 season with an average of 15.9 million viewers. The acclaimed crime drama has chased away more than 20 competing dramas from the Wednesday (10-11 p.m. ET) hour since moving to that time period in 1992-1993. In 2006, after nearly fourteen years of airing at 10:00 PM, the series was moved to 9:00 PM to make room for the new NBC series Heist. After only two weeks, NBC opted to return the show to its 10:00 P.M. timeslot after the show fared poorly at 9:00 P.M.moreless