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Dennis Farina is leaving NBC's crime drama Law & Order after two years, while Milena Govich, who co-starred in Conviction, Dick Wolf's midseason drama for NBC, has come on board Wolf's flagship L&O series. On L&O, from Wolf Films and NBC Universal Network TV, Farina played Detective Joe Fontana, who investigated crimes and apprehended suspects with partner Edward Green (Jesse L. Martin). "Dennis is the consummate professional, and I respect his decision to pursue other opportunities, and he will be sorely missed," Wolf said. "I genuinely hope we work together again." »
Following one of NBC's worst seasons, the peacock network is understandably making quite a few changes for the fall season. There are a number of interesting shows on the schedule which includes Aaron Sorkin's Studio 60. Will the new shows and the addition of Sunday Night Football help return the National Broadcasting Company to its ratings glory days? Time will tell. Here's what won't be returning:
The Apprentice: Martha Stewart - This show didn't quite gel and the result of having two versions of The Apprentice on the air at the same time, seemed to weaken both.
The Book of Daniel - This controversial Aiden Quinn show was cancelled before airing all of its initial six episodes. Click here for previous coverage.
NBC broke new ground Tuesday with its legal drama Conviction, becoming the first network to premiere a primetime series in the iTunes Music Store for free and before its televised broadcast. As part of a multiplatform launch, iTunes users can download the Dick Wolf-produced hourlong pilot in its entirety at no cost. The promotion will extend until the show's network debut March 3, after which each episode will become available to download for $1.99 the day after it airs. "We believe we have a youthful and energetic cast that should appeal to a new audience increasingly comfortable with this downloadable format as a viewing option, and we want to reach out to these viewers," NBC Entertainment Group CEO Jeff Zucker said. »
Dick Wolf is ready to take the fifth with NBC. With four series already on the air, the Law & Order mastermind is in development on another legal drama for the peacock. Wolf has three different versions of L&O on NBC, and a new series, Conviction, set to begin March 3. Titled Power, the series will follow a task force of young federal agents and U.S. attorneys investigating Hollywood power brokers involved in everything from wiretapping to extortion. Like L&O, its stories would seem ripped from the headlines. But unlike everything Wolf Films has ever done in the scripted arena, the new series will not be a traditional procedural with story lines that wrap up at the end of each episode. »
4 items from 2006
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