One-Season Wonders, Weirdos, And Wannabes: 2 Law & Order spin-offs spoiled a winning TV formula

Some TV shows never even make it past the first season. Maybe a series lacked the ratings to match its artistic accomplishments, or maybe it floundered its way into the network crosshairs, but it’s time to look at one-season series outside the immediate context of ratings and renewals. One-Season Wonders, Weirdos, And Wannabes considers the merits of these short-lived shows. In this installment: Law & Order: Trial By Jury, which ran for 13 episodes between 2005 and 2006, and Law & Order: Los Angeles, which ran for 22 episodes between 2010 and 2011.

NBC is in the midst of an age that could be accurately described as a Dick Wolf renaissance. Wolf, the godfather of the contemporary police procedural, has surged back into the pole position at NBC. His Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. are doing such solid numbers, a third Chicago-set medical show is currently in development …

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