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    count-chocula

    [1]Feb 28, 2008
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    Dick Wolf has announced he is working on a new L&O spin off. The new show will be called Law & Order: London and will be set in the grizzly streets of London, England. The show will feature US production with a UK cast, it will air first in the UK on ITV1 and possibly later in the US. Some links below:

    TV.Com: http://www.tv.com/law-and-order-london/show/75193/summary.html

    Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_%26_Order:_London

    Digital Spy: http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/programming/a82616/itv-in-talks-for-uk-law-order.html; http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/broadcasting/a84156/torchwood-writer-to-lead-uk-law-order.html

    I've commented about this in my latest blog, just see my TV.Com profile page.

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    [2]Feb 28, 2008
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    Hope it lasts longer than CONVICTION had NBC did not give it a fair chance lol
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    [3]Feb 28, 2008
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    Yep! I've been excited for this since the end of December when it was announced. Can't wait to add it to my sig, LOL.

    I wonder how they'll connect the London cast with the three New York casts? Maybe a phone call? Name dropping of New York detectives that are friends with one of the British detectives? Maybe a trans-Atlantic case that'll involve the New York and London detectives' cooperation?

    There was an episode of CI where Goren and Eames had to travel to Thailand to escort a prisoner back to NYC, so they could do something like that here.

    I'm very excited!
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    count-chocula

    [4]Feb 29, 2008
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    I think this show will be great, unfortunatly it won't air in UK until 2009 at the earliest.
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    [5]Feb 29, 2008
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    With my luck it will be shown here on BBC America of which my cable system does not carry.
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    [6]Mar 1, 2008
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    pgsuperfan wrote:
    Hope it lasts longer than CONVICTION had NBC did not give it a fair chance lol


    It was actually Trial By Jury that NBC didn't give a fair shot to. Through no fault of NBC, after the first two episodes aired, it had to first go opposite the conference tournaments in college basketball (which included preemprions by numerous NBC affiliates for conference tournament games, especially in ACC and SEC markets), then the first two weekends of March Madness (NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament) and then aired when many people were distracted by Pope John Paul II, who was about to die, and then his funeral. By the time all of that passed, "TBJ" only had a couple of episodes left.

    The show actually did well enough ratings-wise to warrant a renewal except for one problem: The age of the average viewer of "TBJ" was 54, which was too old for ad buyers, who refused to pay sufficient rates for "TBJ" to continue.

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    [7]Mar 2, 2008
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    When I hear L&O: London first thing that pops into my mind is the movie Hot Fuzz. If the show is a comedy it will totally work.
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    count-chocula

    [8]Mar 2, 2008
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    It's going to be a drama, but that movie is brilliant!
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    [9]Mar 2, 2008
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    There's at least one good thing about Law and Order: London which I'll be happy about - the episodes will have a longer running time than the original, SVU and CI. Over here they have an average running time of between 40 and 43 minutes (the recent seasons). This is at PAL speed though and will be different in the US with NTSC speed.
    Edited on 03/02/2008 8:44am
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    lovemj

    [10]Mar 2, 2008
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    Question - will this be its own show, or is it a remake of the original L&O series. I looked at the links, and they seem to indicate that they will be reusing the season 1 scripts from L&O.
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    WittyName

    [11]Mar 2, 2008
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    Sounds pretty cool, actually. Especially as it will educate more people on how the English legal system works.
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    [12]Mar 3, 2008
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    lovemj wrote:
    Question - will this be its own show, or is it a remake of the original L&O series. I looked at the links, and they seem to indicate that they will be reusing the season 1 scripts from L&O.


    I think London has enough of its own crime that they don't have to use the old scripts. Plus, the old scripts aren't that interesting or relavant anymore.
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    [13]Mar 3, 2008
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    count-chocula wrote:

    Dick Wolf has announced he is working on a new L&O spin off. The new show will be called Law & Order: London and will be set in the grizzly streets of London, England. The show will feature US production with a UK cast, it will air first in the UK on ITV1 and possibly later in the US. Some links below:

    TV.Com: http://www.tv.com/law-and-order-london/show/75193/summary.html

    Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_%26_Order:_London

    Digital Spy: http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/programming/a82616/itv-in-talks-for-uk-law-order.html; http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/broadcasting/a84156/torchwood-writer-to-lead-uk-law-order.html

    I've commented about this in my latest blog, just see my TV.Com profile page.

    OK, Dude... you 3-day me first-run DVD's of this one and I'll reship first-run 30 Rock or whatever in a resuable container.

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    [14]Mar 5, 2008
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    Guys, it's not a spinoff but a localized version of the original for UK TV: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/television/news/e3i483285045a5ab9c663cfbcd7d2367f9b.
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    [15]Mar 6, 2008
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    It wont work if they follow the american style of the show. U cant have two detectives walking round solving the crime and then a sexy woman prosecutor making a follow up investgation.It doesnt happen like that.

    The system of investigation is completely different in England. They assemble and entire team of detectives to investigate the murder lead by a senior officer. Once a person has been charged the detectives continue to investigate and gather additional evidence for the crown (the prosecution) to try the case. The prosecutors just walk into court and try the case the police gather all the evidence, chase down the witnessess etc. A succeesful prosecution in England is usually the result of two years work for the london police.

    They are going to have to pay homage to the justice system if the want the show to work.

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    [16]Mar 6, 2008
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    Being a londoner myself i cannot wait to see this. I also hope they dont follow the old L&O scripts, as us brits have our own crimes and are done differently. i.e guns arent so prolific, but knife crime is quite high as of late. But im glad the actors are brits as i hate american actors who just put on a cockey accent. But hopefully it will be a sucess
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    [17]Mar 6, 2008
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    The January Digital Spy article wrote

    "The broadcaster's director of drama, Laura Mackie, told Broadcast that despite being based on original US scripts, "Law & Order: London will look and feel very British..."

    It's probably cheaper not to have to hire writers to come up with new scripts since the series will be produced in conjunction with Wolf Films - the production company of series creator Dick Wolf - and NBC Universal. Prob easier to use scripts already written & just rewrite as necessary.

    Actually it would be interesting to see how those crimes we've seen here in the US on L&O are handled via the British legal system. Ya know, what each side can and cannot get away with.

    Edited on 03/06/2008 6:03pm
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    [18]Mar 17, 2008
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    ace2542 wrote:

    It wont work if they follow the american style of the show. U cant have two detectives walking round solving the crime and then a sexy woman prosecutor making a follow up investgation.It doesnt happen like that.

    The system of investigation is completely different in England. They assemble and entire team of detectives to investigate the murder lead by a senior officer. Once a person has been charged the detectives continue to investigate and gather additional evidence for the crown (the prosecution) to try the case. The prosecutors just walk into court and try the case the police gather all the evidence, chase down the witnessess etc. A succeesful prosecution in England is usually the result of two years work for the london police.

    They are going to have to pay homage to the justice system if the want the show to work.



    I don't think the original perfectly follows the New York legal system, either. Trials and investigations take years over there, too. Prosecutors do the exact same thing, except I believe those on your side of the pond dress up in the gowns and wigs like our's here in Australia do.

    There would be differences in police rank, and their roles and stuff, but you do have lead investigators, I assume.

    The show can very easily follow a similar structure.
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    [19]Apr 18, 2008
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    i hope it lasts longer than TBJ, but it probably wont trump SVU!!

    ya, i just had to come out and say it ^_^

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    [20]Apr 19, 2008
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    pinkydog123 wrote:

    i hope it lasts longer than TBJ, but it probably wont trump SVU!!

    ya, i just had to come out and say it ^_^

    Anythin trumps current SVU.

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