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Question: I wanted to know your take on NBC's scheduling changes after the Olympics. I personally think that NBC may be putting itself in a grave situation. First I need to talk about the moving of Law & Order to Wednesdays, an hour earlier, at 9 pm/ET. This is a horrible time slot considering its competition. I have to give up Law & Order because I already tape Veronica Mars while I watch Lost. Again Scrubs was denied a Thursday time slot (post-Earl when The Office ends in March). And I feel that NBC is trying to annoy Dick Wolf. First, Trial by Jury was canceled, they move Law & Order to Wednesdays at 9 pm/ET and now they are airing Conviction Fridays at 10 pm/ET (the same slot as Trial by Jury) when they should pair it with Law & Order: Special Victims Unit since many SVU fans are going to watch because of Stephanie March reprising her role as Alexandra Cabot. Also, Deal or No Deal and The Apprentice are the lead-ins to the underappreciated Medium. They should have kept read more

I'm often quick to criticize NBC...

I'm often quick to criticize NBC when it blunders, which sometimes seems like a full-time job. And it's pretty clear the network is still far from perfect — witness the bungling of The Book of Daniel, buried on Fridays where low ratings would almost certainly have doomed it, even without a religious-right protest that scared away spineless advertisers.

But when NBC does something right, as in a series of aggressive moves announced over the weekend, it seems only right to take notice. Among the highlights:

Ta-ta, West Wing: Calling it quits was inevitable, but even so, I feared that NBC would, out of desperation, try to keep the franchise going after President Bartlet passes the torch to his successor. Thankfully, that will not be the case, and the show will wrap up with a retrospective and series final read more

Since Stephanie March is ...

Question: Since Stephanie March is going to be on NBC's Conviction playing her Law & Order: Special Victims Unit character, and since they're using old Trial by Jury sets, do you think Dick Wolf will retitle the spin-off Law & Order: Conviction? Or will he realize that a little distance from "just another Law & Order spin-off" might be necessary? Also, in last week's column, you shied away from talking about Michelle Rodriguez's dreadful character, saying you would rather focus on the good in watching Lost. Uh, isn't it your duty as a TV critic to look at the good and the bad, and "criticize" it? Answer: To continue the Ana Lucia debate: Uh, I thought I made it clear in that column that I didn't have the problems others were having with her, and I still don't. And while it is my job to criticize, I often find I do it best by not rushing to judgments, by not nitpicking every little flaw, especially in a show I love, and certainly by not piling on. I was trying to be honest by confessing ... read more

SVU, DAWSON'S STARS LAND NEW GIGS

Stephanie March, who left NBC's Law & Order: SVU in October 2003, when ADA Alexandra Cabot was sent into the Witness Protection Program with a new identity, has joined L&O creator Dick Wolf's latest legal drama, Conviction. Meanwhile, Dawson's Creek alum Kerr Smith has been bumped up to series-regular status on NBC's E-Ring, where he has been guesting as Special Ops team member Bobby Wilkerson. read more

GREAT SCOTT!

Scottish actor Dougray Scott has landed the lead role in NBC's crime-drama pilot Heist, per the Hollywood Reporter. Meanwhile, Eric Balfour — last seen on UPN's short-lived Sex, Love and Secrets — has been added to the cast of Dick Wolf's mid-season legal drama Conviction. read more

Last night Annabella Sciorra's...

Last night Annabella Sciorra's Det. Carolyn Barek climbed aboard the L&O express marked Criminal Intent to be Mike Logan's partner. Interesting facts: Carolyn grows her own grub (she gave her partner a cherry — I don't know if it had a stone), and she can speak approximately 168 languages (including Russian, Cantonese and Creole). Dear Eames is probably fuming with envy. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if Eames punches Goren in the stomach and pops him upside the pate the way Moe used to when he disciplined Curly. But I digress. The Logan-Barek team opened their casebook by hunting for Johnny the berserk killer junkie. Johnny's mom Dee Dee used him to rob jewelry stores to feed her smack cravings. This caused some suppressed anger that he later expressed by gunning down store owners with happy families. Four decades ago, that would've earned the cat a Manson-family merit badge. Homicida read more

Press Tour Day 6 (NBC): Crazy Like a Wolf

Inconceivable

Windfall9:09 am This mid-season soap could best be described as Melrose Place if everyone in the complex shared a $400 million lottery jackpot. 9:10 Hey, why aren’t cast members Luke Perry and Sarah Wynter (24) included in today’s panel? Did NBC Shannen Doherty their butts?9:14 A reporter remarks that this is the “most attractive group of lottery winners I’ve ever seen.” He’s right — there’s not a Hurley in the bunch.9:18 Exec producer Laurie McCarthy explains that Luke Perry had a family obligation, and Sarah Wynter is on holiday in her native Australia. 9:30 Jason Gedrick (Boomtown) burns his read more

L&O Boss Stands Trial

It would be a crime to confuse Fox's new legal drama, The Jury, with NBC's midseason contender, Law & Order: Trial by Jury — or at least so says Dick Wolf, the creator of L&O and its umpteen spin-offs. Rumors that the latest addition to the franchise will be set entirely in the deliberation room are "absolutely incorrect," the executive producer tells TV Guide Online. "There will be one or two scenes in the fourth act every week in the jury room, but you couldn't set a [whole] show in the jury room, I don't think." However, Wolf concedes that TBJ — potentially an all-star affair featuring Jerry Orbach, Candice Bergen and Frasier dad John Mahoney — will not adhere as strictly to the time-tested L&O format as, say, SVU. "The cops are not as big as they are on L&O because it's set in the courthouse," he explains. "It's not law... it's order. The setup is a l read more

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