Looks like the show will go on....although not until March??L&O: Jury' will go on without Orbach
Thursday, December 30, 2004 Posted: 8:53 AM EST (1353 GMT)
Jerry Orbach as Lennie Briscoe on "Law & Order."
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) -- NBC will proceed with plans to introduce the new series "Law & Order: Trial by Jury" despite the death of one of its stars, Jerry Orbach.
The 69-year-old veteran of stage, TV and film died Tuesday at New York's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center where he was being treated for prostate cancer.
A spokeswoman for the show confirmed that episodes already taped with Orbach will air in the upcoming midseason and issued a statement Wednesday.
"The producers are deeply saddened," the statement said. "While Jerry is irreplaceable, 'Law & Order: Trial by Jury' is an ensemble and will continue in production. A new member will join the company. Announcements will be forthcoming."
Six episodes of "Jury" have been taped, according to the spokeswoman, with Orbach having appeared in as many as half of them. His character, Detective Lennie Briscoe, will be replaced by a new character, but NBC declined comment on what actor might be tapped for the role or how he will be written off the show.
Orbach agreed earlier this year to transfer from the original "Law & Order," where he spent 12 seasons, to "Jury" in a reduced role in order to accommodate the actor. After more than a decade of carrying a heavy workload on "Order," "Jury" required only two days a week.
Briscoe's departure was explained on "Order" as a retirement from active duty on the police force; the character was written to join "Jury" as an investigator for the district attorney's office. Dennis Farina replaced Orbach on "Order" this season.
NBC has not announced a premiere date for "Jury," though a spokeswoman indicated the new series could debut as early as March.
Cast alongside Orbach in "Jury" are Bebe Neuwirth, Amy Carlson and Kirk Acevedo. Joining Orbach in the switch from the original "Order" to the new character was Fred
That's been known for a while concerning the new version.Originally Posted by wwhippetcrazy
The likely scenario is it will take over the Friday 9:00 PM ET/PT slot on NBC once Third Watch ends for the season, which is pivital because it also will likely prevent NBC stations in the south and midwest from pre-empting network programming in the second week of March for College Basketball Conference Tournament games (most notably in SEC, ACC, Big 10 and Big 12 Markets).
I was very sad to here that Jerry Orbach passed away.He was a very gifted actor and brought alot to the Law and Order show.I have watched law and order for several years and I am never bored with the reruns.
Thanks Wallyhorse....I'm glad it will be on Friday nights....not much else on that night right now...
I thought I read somewhere that it would start in January....maybe I was dreaming.
So....watching the preview last night for tonights episode during L&O:SVU - and reading here that Serena is in deed leaving - is there a reason why??? I like her...it seems like they are always loosing their female ADAs.....
According to TV Guide, she's leaving so that she can pursue a movie career.Originally Posted by annimal
Still crazy, after all these shears
"lambikins, put the crack pipe down and back away from the keyboard." Unklescott
"lambikins... I have come to the conclusion that you are the Jedi Master of the Kitchen on FORT!" SuperBrat
I was talking to a youngish lawyer friend the other day (young for a lawyer), and he said these days being a DA, much less an assistant DA, pays so poorly in most states that the only lawyers who can afford to do it (and pay off their law school loans) are the independently wealthy, or those folks who do so badly in law school that they don't have a lot of choices. My guess is that this might also now include women, who probably still find it harder to get the really big bucks private jobs...especially if they are married to other people who make enough money to support the couple well. So maybe it's not altogether unrealistic that the Assistant DAs on shows like L & O and NYPD Blue always seem to be young women!
WTF was that ending all about? I figured Southerlyn was gonna be fired, but when she asked Branch if it was because she was a lesbian, I just went "Huh?!" I actually laughed when Branch said "You're fired."
I think they did that so they could bring Serena back later this season or early next as a defense attorney defending a gay rights client.Originally Posted by sleepysluggo