“I just saw Annie, and I didn’t look at Daddy Warbucks the way I would have 20 years ago,” Warren Leight told The New York Observer over the phone last week. “The show has really warped the way we look at the world, at least those of us writing it.”
The showrunner for Dick Wolf’s last standing Law & Order program, Special Victims Unit, was struggling to understand how people watch “marathon” sessions of the show he manages. “The children episodes are disturbing, even to us,” said Mr. Leight.
He singled out one such episode, entitled “Friending Emily,” in which detectives go to an FBI office to view images of abused children. Mr. Leight sounded shocked, tired and a little bit horrified over a detail that he and his writers chose to put in the episode. He sounded a lot, in fact, like SVU’s former protagonist, Elliot Stabler.
“There is a kid in diapers whose photo we show,” said Mr. Leight. “We found it on an Internet pornography site. It had 37,000 hits in the last four days.” (Which, it turns out, is the exact line that a government official says during the episode.)
Dick Wolf, Law & Order creator and producer, and godfather to New York City actors, is creating a new show for NBC.
His subject matter will be familiar territory, according to Variety. The one-hour show, called Lost and Found (what, no ampersand?), will revolve around "an unconventional female detective who identifies anonymous murder Read More
NBC is suing Law & Order creator Dick Wolf over a contract provision that would give him executive producer fees if any version of his hit crime series were to be cancelled, Variety reports. According to the complaint, a 2004 agreement between the parties contained a 48-episode guarantee. NBC contends that the guarantee Read More
As the influx of young people to Manhattan has clearly diluted the population of people who understand how New York works, perhaps it’s time for some basic service journalism for our newest neighbors. (Or a terrorist incident. The Transom is happy to help but O.b. Laden could certainly do more.)
All up and down the Read More
Places, you hacks! Here comes the premiere of Deadline , a.k.a. Porno for Journos, the Dick Wolf-created, Oliver Platt-starring drama that some folks hope is going to give the newspaper biz its first big wet TV kiss since Lou Grant argued with Mrs. Pynchon and Rossi went out on assignment with Animal for the last Read More