‘Law & Order’ Revival May Spell Trouble For Another Long-Running Show

by Joe Rutland

NBC is bringing back the original Law & Order show to primetime. But will this revival mean another show faces some trouble?

It’s possible, Outsiders.

Let’s check what is up thanks to a story from Cinema Blend.

A new version of Law & Order will become a part of the NBC lineup in February 2022. It’s going to join a Thursday night lineup already having SVU and Organized Crime on the air. The show will debut on Thursday, Feb. 24, at 8 p.m. Eastern, 7 p.m. Central.

What does this do? It sets up for a Law & Order Thursday night lineup.

‘Law & Order’ Schedule Placement Will Force ‘The Blacklist’ To Move Again

The Blacklist, starring James Spader, will have to change nights.

So, Spader & Co. already moved from Fridays as Season 8 ended to Thursdays for Season 9. The Blacklist will start running on Fridays at 8 p.m. Eastern, 7 p.m. Central, on Feb. 25.

NBC’s network programming will be on hiatus as the network will carry the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Is there some bright light of hope for The Blacklist? Yes. When the show was originally on Fridays, the ratings were good. The move to Thursday night didn’t really help a lot.

The formation of a Law & Order lineup on Thursday night gives NBC two franchise-filled nights. “One Chicago” shows are on Wednesdays.

As for The Blacklist, a move back to Fridays could help its ratings. As long as the show keeps providing good ratings for NBC, it probably will remain on the network.

Revival of Classic Show Still Lining Up Cast Members Before It Debuts

Law & Order will be on NBC before you know it. So, who is going to be in the show?

Jeffrey Donovan is going to be on there as a detective.

Now, Anthony Anderson may be in there. He told Entertainment Tonight that he “did have a conversation with Dick Wolf about them bringing back Law & Order for the 21st season. And, like I said, anything is possible.”

Law & Order offered both police and prosector viewpoints, which is the strength of the show.

When talking about the revival, Wolf said “there are very few things in life that are literally dreams come true. This is mine.”

What about other cast members? We have a name: Sam Waterston.

Sam Waterston, who played Jack McCoy, is someone that the show would hopefully have returned, according to Deadline.

Waterston has even said that he’d be open to returning in the McCoy role in the past.

The old show remains popular with viewers thanks to reruns. Others who were part of the show’s cast over the years included Angie Harmon, Jerry Orbach, Chris Noth, Fred Thompson, and Steven Hill.