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With the slew of reboots, remakes and revivals that are already committed to series, it’s easy to forget that NBC’s Law & Order was listed as another show that could make a comeback this past winter. This week at the TCA summer press tour, Dick Wolf reiterated that Law & Order is not currently in development but that the network really, really wants the show. Here’s the latest on the Law & Order revival.
First of all, while Sam Waterston has already stated he would be super invested in returning to the world of Law & Order for another stint, Wolf is now saying that “everybody” would be in for being back. And while we doubt he has talked to literally every person who played any semblance of an important role on the series, I think it’s safe to say that more people than Sam Waterston are excited about returning. Despite this, Wolf is also saying the show isn’t moving forward, yet.
There is one huge reason that Wolf says is holding the project up according to Deadline, and like all great projects, it has to do with scheduling.
Most people involved are very successful in their careers [and to make it work is] much more difficult than it looks.
I believe him when he says it is difficult, but I’m not sure it’s much more difficult than it looks, honestly. Bringing big names together for a big reunion set of episodes would be incredibly difficult, especially for a show like Law & Order which boasted big names like Waterston, S Epatha Merkerson, Jesse L. Martin, Benjamin Bratt, Chris Noth, Alana De La Garza, Angie Harmon, Jeremy Sisto, and many, many more over the years. The ones we listed, in fact, are super busy in the acting business. Waterston’s in the Netflix series Grace and Frankie. Merkerson is set to appear in the upcoming drama Chicago Med. Martin is on The Flash, Benjamin Bratt will be in Ride Along 2 and has recently popped up in Modern Family and other revival 24: Live Another Day, plus Chris Noth has a major role on The Good Wife. Coming off of Forever, Alana De La Garza will star in Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders while Jeremy Sisto has bounced from The Returned to ABC's Wicked City. Angie Harmon is a lead in Rizzoli & Isles.
While finding the time to pop up in a Law & Order revival would not be impossible (if Wet Hot American Summer can do it, anyone can), the logistics are pretty daunting. And I’m not talking just in terms of scheduling. Figuring out a way to get a slew of characters back for episodes would also take some major creativity. Why are all of the characters back in New York City working for their old departments? Are they doing some freelancing work? How could so many detectives and personalities come together for episodes? Would only a few people be back? It’s not as easy as simply signing on a dotted line.
Still though, I think there is a large faction of viewers who would be excited if Law & Order returned, even if it only returns for six episodes or so, similar to The X-Files.