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TV Junkie: Farewell 'Law & Order', We Knew Ye A Bit Too Much, Perhaps

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It wasn't our intention yesterday to gloss over the "series" finale of "Law & Order" - with series in quotes because with so many spin-offs we're not really sure that "Law & Order" is over with, particularly for LA denizens as "Law & Order: Los Angeles" will be launching this Fall. There's also been talk of a big made-for-TV movie as well as cast members of the original making regular appearances on each of the spin-offs.

Getting a guest spot on the series was a right of passage for hundreds of actors over the last 20 years but perhaps one of the best things that "Law & Order" should be known for is its wonderful use of New York City as the setting for all of its drama. The city is a character as much as anyone else, something that we're missing from series set in LA. Perhaps the creators will make this an emphasis when "Law & Order: Los Angeles" airs later this year. "Law & Order" was a ground-breaking series far too long ago and unfortunately has become the embodiment of the word "procedural". If "Robot Chicken" (above) can effectively communicate all the exchanges and plot points of an episode of "Law & Order" with clucking, then it's time to throw in the towel. With all the spinoffs, however, "Law & Order" really isn't going anywhere for a while.