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'Law & Order,' 'FlashForward' among shows being canceled

It's the time of year when we learn what shows are making the cut for next season and which ones are going the way of the dodo. Imagine our surprise when 20-year fave Law & Order was one of the first deaths announced. That's like your favorite dog dying, despite not having moved from the couch in years.

"The full measure of the collective contributions made by Dick Wolf and his Law & Order franchise over the last two decades to the success of NBC and Universal Media Studios cannot be overstated," NBC Universal Television Chairman Jeff Gaspin said, according to Extra. "The legacy of his original Law & Order series will continue to make an impact like no other series before." The final episode airs May 24. Don't worry, there will still be SVU, and they've ordered up Law & Order: Los Angeles to replace the original, which tied Gunsmoke as the longest-running drama series ever.

Meanwhile, Entertainment Weekly says ABC is killing Alyssa Milano's Romantically Challenged, Better Off Ted, Scrubs (they've heard this before) and potential Lost replacement FlashForward, a personal fave of ours that lost viewers because it waited too long to get good. How can that get cut and mind-numbingly dull retread V get renewed? We'll just have to go back to watching reruns of Friends.

[Photo:Try as he might, Sam Waterston couldn't get L&O renewed. NBC)

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 11:31am]


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