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NBC Orders 'Law & Order' True Crime Anthology Series

4/10/2016 12:03pm EDT
NBC Orders 'Law & Order' True Crime Anthology Series
NBC is expanding the Law & Order brand from "ripped from the headlines" to directly dramatizing real crimes, announcing this week a new program called Law & Order: True Crime.

An anthology series similar to FX's highly successful American Crime Story, Law & Order: True Crime will likewise be dramatic versions of high-profile cases. The first one in production will be Law & Order: True Crime - The Menendez Brothers Murders, from the 1996 tragedy in which Erik and Lyle Menendez were convicted of murdering their parents.

No premiere date has been set and no talent has been attached aside fro...

9 TV Shows We Were Instantly Hooked On

7/26/2014 1:00pm EDT
9 TV Shows We Were Instantly Hooked On
There are a lot of great television shows, but there aren't many that are immediately addictive. Most shows take a few episodes before they find their characters or their most interesting story. Every once in a while, though, there's that show which grabs you right away - and that's what we're celebrating this week.

Here's our short list of nine shows that turned us into fans before the end credits rolled on their first installment. See if you recognize any of them, and leave your own picks at the end of the article.

24: We were sold on 24 before we ever saw the pilot. Created by Joel Sur...

The Top 10 Television Lawyers

6/10/2014 2:00pm EDT
The Top 10 Television Lawyers
In honor of the return of Suits - which features Harvey Specter, the best attorney currently practicing on television - we're recognizing our Top 10 Television Lawyers. Legal dramas are a staple on the small screen, and they've given us some fantastic litigators over the years.

Our list has only two criteria for inclusion: 1) That the character must be a practicing lawyer. No characters who just have law degrees, retired lawyers, or ex-lawyers. During the run of their show, we have to have seen them in the courtroom.

2) The characters are ranked by who we'd most want to represent us in co...

Why 'Law & Order's' Michael Cutter Still Sets The Bar

3/10/2014 12:02pm EDT
Why 'Law & Order's' Michael Cutter Still Sets The Bar
TV doesn't make lawyers like Michael Cutter anymore.

It's been just over six years since the character was introduced as Law & Order's chief prosecutor, taking over for a promoted Jack McCoy. Almost four years since NBC shuttered the legendary series. But Cutter - one hundred percent perfectly played by Golden Globe nominee Linus Roache - has lived on, first through a guest stint on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and now through perpetual reruns of the mothership on cable.

And it's been watching those reruns for hours every Sunday that's led us to want to repeat something we said six ...

'Law & Order' Star Dennis Farina Dies At 69

7/22/2013 2:25pm EDT
Dennis Farina
Character actor Dennis Farina, most known for his role on "Law & Order," died on Monday at the age of 69. The actor had a blood clot in his lung and passed away in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Farina was raised in a working class neighborhood in Chicago by his parents, who came from Italy. He never took acting classes or took part in any drama productions in school. Instead, he spent three years in the Army before becoming a police officer - a profession he held for 18 years.

At first, Farina thought acting would be a good way to earn some extra side money, and he was cast in 1981's "Thief." This...

BFTV's 12 Best TV Drama Series Ever

3/1/2013 1:46pm EST
This week's issue of TV Guide featured that magazine's picks for the best dramas of all time. It's not a simple discussion, because there are and have been so many fantastic drama series on TV over the ages - some of which have gotten recognition and others that have flown largely under the radar. Here, then, is BFTV's list of the 12 best drama series I've seen over the last three decades - and why they've earned that recognition.

The following were the criteria for inclusion:

01) It had to be a series that I'd seen at least one full season of. It's not really fair to call something the "...

10 TV Cancellations Still Worth Raving About

12/30/2012 8:29am EST
Sports Night
If you're a TV fan, you've experienced the pain of your favorite show being cancelled at least once. Probably more than once. Yet there are a rare few that sting more than others - the ones that still get on your nerves every time they come to mind. They're the shows you always miss and never forget. As we prepare to look forward to new TV, here's my list of the top 10 TV cancellations I'm still raving about.

In order of how upsetting their demise was:

1. Sports Night (ABC)

I am never, ever going to let this one go. Ever. I don't care that Aaron Sorkin went on to great success with The...

Brittany's Blog: Al Shearer and 5 Life-Changing Shows

6/15/2012 3:00pm EDT
Al Shearer
This is my viewpoint, from the far end of the couch...and this week I talk to Al Shearer about his new mockumentary, as well as discussing the five TV shows and movies that changed my life.

This is Al Shearer. He is The Other Black Guy Running For President.

No, really. That's the title of his new mockumentary (now available on iTunes), where a frustrated Al decides that he's going to run for President in 2012. What results is pretty hilarious, both in its gags (one of the best involves randomly inserted pictures of Kanye West) to how strange and/or ignorant some of the people Al tries ...

Jeremy Sisto Welcomes A Son

3/15/2012 8:46am EDT
Jeremy Sisto
Jeremy Sisto is a dad again. The "Law & Order" star's wife Addie Lane gave birth to a little boy on Friday. The couple has yet to pick out a name. The tot joins sister Charlie Ballerina, who is two.

He kept fans abreast of the delivery via Twitter, writing, "Just bought a teddy bear to give to my daughter 'from' her newborn brother. I'm considering drizzling some placenta on it for believability," and adding, "Don't tell my wife I had two glasses of wine while she had an epidural."

Sisto then gushed about his baby boy during an appearance on breakfast show "LIVE! With Kelly" on Wednesday,...

Q&A: Meet 'Mike & Molly' Star Nyambi Nyambi

2/27/2012 11:00am EST
Nyambi Nyambi
On the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly, he's the sharp-witted Samuel...but don't let the fact that he plays a waiter fool you. Actor Nyambi Nyambi has a lot to say.

"The way I like to say it is I've been an actor all my life, but I never called it acting," the Oklahoma native tells me. "I was always cutting up. I'd make fun of our relatives that would come over. I was always doing the loud Nigerian, the quiet Nigerian. Doing skits from In Living Color [and] random impressions. That was how I liked to be around my family."

It wasn't until his senior year at Bucknell University, when he was giving ...

The 11 Best From 2011

12/31/2011 11:00am EST
2011 was a fantastic year for entertainment. Here are my eleven favorite things from the year that's about to wrap, in chronological order...

1. Southland, TNT

(Season 3 began January 4)

I have to admit that I didn't keep up with TNT's gritty Los Angeles cop drama as much as I would have liked; it fell victim to sharing Tuesday nights with three other shows on my watch list. Yet when I did find time to catch it, I was no less than impressed every time.

There's been talk about the show's TV-MA content (allegedly the reason that NBC axed it), but the real talking point should be the st...

'Law & Order: UK' Recap: 'Fault Lines' (6.07)

11/9/2011 10:03pm EST
The series six (and possible series) finale of Law & Order: UK sees Kelly From Forensics stabbed to death in her apartment. That pretty much guarantees that the whole episode is going to be awkward. It's also a good one.

DS Brooks and DS Casey probe into Kelly's last hours, from the cabbie that drove her home to the grieving fiancee who inexplicably cleared out their joint savings account. While they're doing so, Sam gets a bit too close to Lucy, a colleague of Kelly's who appears to be a second victim. Ronnie has words with him over it, but they fall on deaf ears. Sam ends up sle...

Top 10 Creepiest Film & TV Serial Killers

10/29/2011 8:00am EDT
Top Ten Creepiest Fictional Serial Killers
Factual serial killers are scary. The idea that someone might be out there, on a deserted road or lurking in an alleyway, waiting to murder you is a horrible, horrible thought. But let’s face it: most of the time it’s the serial killers who keep you up at night are the ones that live on your television screen.

We’ve all been there: A Criminal Minds marathon on A&E, a Law and Order binge on Netflix instant... sometimes fictional serial killers are the creepiest ones of all. As Halloween approaches, I’d like to catalogue the 10 creepiest fictional serial killers.

10. Nicole Wallace (Law ...

'Law & Order: UK' Recap: 'Trial' (6.04)

10/19/2011 10:04pm EDT
Law & Order: UK
Usually, things that blow up are fascinating, unless someone gets hurt. That's the catch in this week's Law & Order: UK, when a letter bomb claims the life of an apparently model citizen.

Ronnie and Sam don't understand what could have made their victim a target, especially when there's no shortage of good things being said about him. They're able to trace the composition of the bomb back to someone who did the same back in the early 1970's, but it just becomes a bigger headache when he tells them that his specs were in a how-to book put together by a neo-Nazi group, and they disco...

'Law & Order: UK' Review: 'Immune' (6.02)

10/5/2011 10:07pm EDT
It's time for Law & Order: UK fans - time to put our Kleenex boxes down and face the future of our show.

When an armed robbery spins out of control into murder and a hostage situation, Ronnie and new partner Sam get the call to speak for the dead and save the living. They catch a quick break when one of the culprits turns up in the ER, but his lawyer (that's former Red Cap star Tamzin Outhwaite) demands her client gets a deal before he gives them the location of the hostage. This does not sit well with Sam, but over his objection, Sharpe gives the cops ten hours to find the hostag...

'Law & Order: UK' 6.01 'Survivor's Guilt' Review

9/28/2011 10:00pm EDT
This is a Law & Order: UK review I really didn't want to write, because as a fan, it's an episode that I didn't want to face. It's not so much the conclusion of a story as it feels like a forty-odd minute long counseling session - and one that's needed.

Picking up where "Deal" left off, "Survivor's Guilt" gives us a quick answer to our burning question: Matt Devlin is dead. Jamie Bamber isn't present for a frame of it, but Matt's felt the whole way through. I'd expect nothing less as we - head writer Emilia di Girolamo and the audience as a collective - are paying our respects to a...

'Law & Order: UK' 5.06 'Deal' Review

9/21/2011 10:12pm EDT
Law & Order: UK
It's the ultimate rude awakening: discovering that your significant other has been shot to death in bed beside you. On that startling note, welcome to this week's Law & Order: UK - a sharp and startling potential goodbye to someone we love.

DS Brooks and DS Devlin initially suspect the victim's husband, but are taken aback when they realize that the fatal shot actually came from a window across the estate, where drug dealers and their buyers are known to congregate. A witness helps them locate Kaden Blake, a thirteen-year-old whose mother is an addict and so it's not a reach that ...

Fall Review: 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'

9/21/2011 10:00pm EDT
Law & Order: SVU
NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit had a buzzworthy offseason, and tonight we got our first look at what one could term the 'new' SVU. Somewhat.

Headlines were made when star Christopher Meloni departed the long-running crime drama (although one could argue that it wasn't too shocking, as his dozen years of service were much longer than some entire shows go). It was later announced that his costar Mariska Hargitay was scaling back her commitment, and B.D. Wong left for a role on the new NBC series Awake.

With the moves, the rumblings began - with the axing of the mothership, failur...

Q&A: 'Law & Order's' Linus Roache Makes A Welcome Return

9/21/2011 10:00am EDT
Linus Roache
Linus Roache was the best district attorney ever to have graced the courtrooms of Law & Order. Tonight he reprises his role as Michael Cutter in the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit premiere - but before that, he was gracious enough to talk to me about stepping back into the franchise.

Roache's tenure began in 2008, when he joined the show amidst a significant cast shift. He left his mark immediately, bringing a startling intensity to the role of Cutter, a determined prosecutor whose zeal intimidated defendants and caused him to butt heads with his predecessor, newly minted Distric...

'Law & Order: UK' 5.05 'Intent' Review

9/15/2011 4:16am EDT
As far as crime dramas go, this week's Law & Order: UK appears at first glance to be garden-variety: Brooks and Devlin catch the case of a couple stabbed to death in their home. Yet as this is LOUK, that's hardly all.

When they discover that the former owner of the house was a banker under fire for an apparent hedge fund scam, our heroes meet her husband (Cambridge Spies star Samuel West), who likes to drink and is prone to blackouts. One of those might explain how his bloody thumbprint was found at the crime scene. His recollections are murky, and no one's sure how liable he is fo...

Q&A: 'Take The Money and Run's' Mary Hanlon Stone

8/23/2011 8:00am EDT
Mary Hanlon Stone
Mary Hanlon Stone is not to be trifled with. She's spent a quarter-century (that's 25 years) as a Deputy District Attorney. Now, the formidable prosecutor and author is one of two interrogators on ABC's new series Take The Money and Run.

Together with her close friend Detective Paul Bishop, she's trying to break ordinary people who think they can hide a quarter million dollars from real detectives for two days. Before tonight's new episode (9 PM ET/PT on ABC), Mary visited to give us her perspective on matching wits with would-be thieves.

In case you missed it, check out my inte...

'Law & Order: UK' 5.01 'The Wrong Man' Review

8/17/2011 10:01pm EDT
Law & Order: UK quickly became one of my favorite crime dramas on television once it arrived on US airwaves. Yet ever since the end of the previous series, I couldn't help but wonder: could the show survive the departure of two lead actors, including the incomparable Ben Daniels?

Yes, it can. It's not the same show - but it could never be. What it is, is still a fine piece of dramatic television.

Suzanne Morton dies four hours after developing flu-like symptoms, and it's the third inexplicable loss in the same hospital department within six months. That makes it worthy of investigati...

Q&A: 'Law & Order: UK' Head Writer Emilia di Girolamo

8/17/2011 3:09pm EDT
Law & Order: UK is one of the best crime dramas on television, on either side of the Atlantic. As the series returns to BBC America tonight (9 PM ET/PT), I sat down with LOUK's lead writer and a dear friend of mine, Emilia di Girolamo, to talk about what's ahead - like the previously announced cast changes - and how she and the talented team have injected new life into the Law & Order franchise.

Getting the basic question out of the way: how did you come to be involved with the show? What made you interested in it?

I was a huge fan of the mothership and in particular SVU, so when I fo...

My Favorite TV Police

5/28/2011 3:00pm EDT
The Chicago Code
There's no group of people that I love seeing on the small screen than the police. Having been there and done that, I have a certain affection for good portrayals of the men and women in law enforcement. Now that we've recently celebrated Police Week, here's my tribute to the TV cops (note: not federal agents or anything else - just cops!) who've left impressions on me over the years.

Sergeant Joe Friday (Jack Webb) and Detective Ben Gannon (Harry Morgan), NBC's Dragnet

My earliest memories of TV cops have to do with one of the most storied franchises in the genre. Thanks to Nick ...

What To Watch: Viewers Finally Learn Which ‘Glee’ Cast Member They Will Say Goodbye To Forever (May 15-21, 2011)

5/15/2011 11:15am EDT
The number one thing you need to watch this week is “Glee” because after months of speculation, viewers will finally find out which cast member they will say goodbye to forever. That’s right; in case you haven’t heard, one of McKinley High’s own will face an unexpected loss. Cast and crew have been tight-lipped about who is dying, but viewer guesses include Sue’s sister, Puck and Quinn’s daughter, or Kurt’s dad. Of course, this doesn’t mean it couldn’t be one of the regular cast members; ugh, I cringed at the thought!

‘Amazing Race; Unfinished Business’ wraps up with $1 million winner, ent...

Hollywood Unwrapped: Must Not See TV

4/15/2011 8:43am EDT
I have a question to ask all of the readers of this column. Do we really have Hollywood stars or real actors that we had in the past? Gone are the days when studios had an iron claw on the stars and being a celebrity actually meant something.

Yes, today we still have a handful of Academy Award winning movie stars such as Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Tom Hanks, and Clint Eastwood. We don’t have stars like Steve McQueen, James Dean or an Audrey Hepburn. But that's on the big screen.

Today, television is packed with reality shows that makes us lose brain cells and it seems like we be...

People That Aren't Doing It: Non-Romantic TV Relationships That Work

4/14/2011 12:00pm EDT
Hawaii Five O
(*Firstly, if you don't get the joke in the title, visit Failblog. I'll wait.)

There's been a tremendous response to my Tuesday article about the reasons why I'm not excited about TV romance. It's been really awesome to hear from fans of various shows and pairings, who wrote in with their own opinions and ideas, and helped create a great discussion of the topic and the issues surrounding it - most importantly, with respect for me and for each other.

As is natural and perfectly fine, there were some people who disagreed with my lack of enthusiasm. One reader suggested that romantic r...

'Castle' Recap: 3x19 - Law And Murder Is An Homage To The Original Police Procedural

3/31/2011 10:16am EDT
If last week’s episode was an homage to soap operas, this week was all Law and Order all the time. Joe Mcusic, a jury member, drops dead from cyanide poisoning in the middle of court. The case he was sitting on was the high profile murder of a socialite. While Castle and Beckett untangle the juror murder, Castle has to deal with the ramifications of snooping on Alexis’ phone and her consequential loss of trust.

Beckett and Castle meet the victim’s brother, and we learn more about his background. He was a former juvenile offender who ran a half-way house to help others pick up their lives. ...

Q&A: Rose McGowan Talks Bombshell Role in 'Law & Order: SVU'

3/23/2011 12:02pm EDT
There’s nothing innocent about brunette beauty Rose McGowan. From a cold blooded teenage killer (Devil in the Flesh) to a go-go dancer with a machine gun-leg (Planet Terror), the 37-year-old actress and former fiancé of 42-year-old shock rocker Marilyn Manson isn’t afraid to channel her dark side. Since her days playing an enchanting witch on the television series “Charmed,” McGowan continues to be hailed by fans as one of Hollywood’s most tantalizing femme fatales. It’s no wonder she was chosen for a role that’s seemingly perfect. In NBC‘s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” McGowan will ...

Elisabeth Rohm Opens Up About Fertility Treatments & Conception Nightmare

3/11/2011 5:46pm EST
Elisabeth Rohm
Actress Elisabeth Rohm, known for her role as Serena Southerlyn on NBC's Law & Order, shares her thoughts on a new guest blog on about the difficult time she had conceiving her two-year-old daughter, Easton August with fiancé Ron Anthony.

Rohm views conception and pregnancy as a "right (sic) of passage" for many women, but for others, like her, the situation was extremely difficult as she was unable to conceive naturally.

She says, "There are certain experiences that almost every woman looks forward to as a right of passage. Pregnancy is one of them. To me, it’s as big as death...