Law and Order

law-and-order-logoLaw & Order is produced by Wolf Films in association with Universal Network Television and airs Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. Dick Wolf is creator and executive producer; Michael Chernuchin, Jeffrey Hayes and Peter Jankowski are executive producers.

Wolf Films/Universal Network Television’s Law & Order, the 1997 Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Drama Series, the record holder for the most consecutive (eleven) best series nominations (tied with “Cheers” and “M*A*S*H”) and the longest-running drama series currently on television, returns for its 13th season on NBC on Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT).

Law & Order, created and executive produced by Dick Wolf, has been renewed through 2005, which would make it the longest-running police series and second longest running drama series in the history of television. It has also turned into one of entertainment’s preeminent brands, with its successful spin-offs Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. It also enjoyed its highest ratings to date, ranking number five among all primetime programs for the 2001-2002 season.

For season 13 of Law & Order, Fred Thompson joins the cast as District Attorney Arthur Branch, who replaces the retiring interim D.A. Nora Lewin (Dianne Wiest). Branch is a southern gentleman with an impeccable law background who, according to Executive Producer Michael Chernuchin believes in the strict interpretation of the Constitution. He also has a post 9/11 conservative orientation that may at times conflict with his predecessors’ more liberal views.

Thompson has appeared in such major films as “No Way Out, ” “Hunt for Red October” and “Barbarians at the Gate” and has also had an extremely successful legal and political career.

“This has been a big year for Law & Order,” Wolf said. “In addition to the Emmy series record, we had our best ratings yet, and we are looking forward to starting the new season with a phenomenal new actor, Fred Thompson, whose character will really shake up the D.A.s office. I am also personally thrilled that ‘Nuch’ (Michael Chernuchin) has returned. He probably understands the Law & Order dynamic as well as or better than any of our writer/producers and his presence and influence could make this our strongest season to date.”

Chernuchin, a former Law & Order show runner/executive producer returns, in the same capacity for season 13, and reveals that the new season will frequently examine changes in law enforcement and the justice system in New York City post 9/11.

“Tom Wolfe was wrong. You can go home again. I am thrilled to be back with Dick and the entire Law & Order family and look forward to making this one of our most successful seasons ever, ” Chernuchin commented.

Filmed entirely on location in New York City, Law & Order looks at crime and justice from a unique two-tiered perspective. In the first half-hour, Detectives Lennie Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) and Edward Green (Jesse L. Martin) investigate crimes and apprehend suspects under the supervision of their no-nonsense lieutenant, Anita Van Buren (S. Epatha Merkerson). In the second half-hour, the focus shifts to the criminal courts, where D.A. Arthur Branch (Thompson) oversees his staff of prosecutors, including Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy (Waterston) and A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn (Röhm) as they navigate the complex and challenging legal system.

Law & Order is a Wolf Films Production in association with Universal Network Television. Wolf, one of television’s most respected drama series creators/producers, is creator and executive producer. He is also creator and executive producer of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit , Law & Order: Criminal Intent, the NBC “dramamentary” Crime & Punishment, and the updated version of the classic crime series Dragnet, due out on ABC in 2003. He received the prestigious Award of Excellence from the Banff Television Festival in 2000 and has also earned the 1997 Achievement Award from the Caucus for Producers, Writers and Directors, the 1998 Television Showman of the Year Award from the Publicist’s Guild of America as well as numerous other honors.

In addition to Wolf and Chernuchin, Jeffrey Hayes and Peter Jankowski are executive producers and Lewis H. Gould, Richard Sweren, Eric Overmyer and Arthur Forney are the series’ co-executive producers.

Universal Network Television is a division of Vivendi UNIVERSAL Entertainment (www.universalstudios.com), the U.S. – based film, television and recreation entity of Vivendi Universal, a global media and communications company.

Michelle’s appearance on Law and Order got the attention of many. She played a little girl who died. Very sad episode.

See some hard to find pictures of Michelle as she looked at the age of 6, when she appeared on Law and Order.

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