News and Notes

[A&E Airs Seasons Six And Seven]
[NBC L&O's Newest Recruit: Angie Harmon]
[Obituary: Lori Kern]

A&E Airs Seasons Six And Seven

Starting this fall, A&E will begin airing 44 episodes from the 6th and 7th 
seasons of Law & Order, Michael Cascio, Sr. VP of Programming for 
A&E, tells apocrypha. These episodes will not replace seasons 1 
through 5, but will instead be aired alongside the episodes now running. 

"We've been treading water with the old ones, figuring we'd wait for the 
fall to air the new ones," says Cascio. "Law & Order people ask us 
this all the time, like, 'We love it, we love it, but enough already!' Usually, 
every season we air a new season, but now we're beginning with the 
equivalent of two new seasons, 44 episodes [in total] that kick in."

Does A&E have any intention of running the episodes in order again, from 
the very first episode through the most recent? Cascio says he'll take that 
under advisement. "At some point we might. It's not in the plans just yet, 
but every once in a while we go through that and say, 'Okay, let's do that, 
it's good for the viewer, it spaces them out.' But not right now because we 
want to get the new ones on right away."

The schedule for September on A&E should run as follows (with descriptions 
for the Season 6 and 7 episodes included):

From the Law & Order Mailing List:

September 1st:

Causa Mortis: McCoy is assigned a new second chair, ADA Jamie Ross, who is
determined to prosecute carjacker Fernando Salva as harshly as possible,
using an audio tape made by the victim as she pleaded for her life.

Bitter Fruit: Briscoe and Curtis investigate the murder of a young girl who
disappeared between school and her music lesson, with a blurry film from an
ATM machine as their clue.

September 2nd:

I.D. The cops tackle identifying a corpse left in an elevator, and Jack
finds his prosecution of the suspect later hampered by a vindictive judge
who resents Jamie's in-court rebuke for sexual harassment.

Rebels: Curtis teaches Briscoee some new tricks about the computer as they
investigate the death of a college boy at a rough biker bar.

September 3rd:

Good Girl: Briscoee and Curtis have to break the mutual alibi of two
girlfriends as they try to find the killer of a young black man, whose angry
parents pressure Jack to indict a young woman who claims the victim had
raped her.

Savages: McCoy pushes for the death penalty when an undercover detective
working on a drug bust is killed, but Kincaid disagrees, and the defense
presents a strong alternate theory for the crime.

September 4th:

Survivor: Briscoee and Rey's investigation of the murder of a rare coin
dealer nets them a millionaire as a suspect, but Ross has to play detective t
oo as the DA's office tries to establish a provenance for the missing coin

Act of God

September 7th:

Corruption: Rey, angered by the attitude of an old colleague of Lennie's,
looks beyond the findings of an IAB investigation and turns up evidence of
police corruption that puts the DA's office into competition with an
ambitious judge and Lennie under investigation for stealing evidence from a
police lockup.

Jeopardy: The investigation into three murders at the offices of a small
magazine uncovers a bitter feud between brothers, whose mother is
determined to protect her remaining son and the family business.

Septempber 8th:

Double Blind: The murder of a janitor in a university laboratory building
leads back to a student employee whose participation in a drug study may
have prompted the crime. (7)

The Troubles

September 9th:

Deadbeat: The murder of a deadbeat father whose son is dying of leukemia
presents Jamie and Jack with a sympathetic suspect and a moral dilemma.

Hot Pursuit: When the detectives solve a series of murders committed by a
holdup team in ski masks, the questions arises about whether or not a young
woman implicated in the deaths, and reported kidnapped, was a willing

September 10th:

The Working Stiff
Happily Ever After

September 11th:


Paranoia: Briscoee and Curtis try to solve a co-ed's murder after a graphic
description appears online while McCoy finds himself up against a lawyer
reluctant to reveal elements of her client's past.

September 14th:

Family Business: The murder of Richard Speigel, chief financial officer for
an exclusive, family-owned department store goes from the sitting room to
the bedroom and into the board room as suspicion shifts from co-workers to
family members.

Humiliation: A prostitute's murder implicates a deli owner who harassed
hookers and a married plastic surgeon who might have been one of her
clients and whose wife backs him up without question.

September 15th:

House Counsel

Angel: A mother claiming that her baby was kidnapped while she was at
confession retraces her steps and actions with Curtis, which raises legal
questions later when her attorney introduces a unique defense.

September 16th:

Blood is Thicker 
White Rabbit

September 17th:

Entrapment: The case against Huey Tate, a young man accused of shooting the
well-known leader of the African-American Congress comes undone when the New
York authorities learn that their chief witness was once an informant for
the FBI, and is still under their protection.


September 18th:

Legacy: The sidewalk shooting of a young husband uncovers the fact that his
wife's first husband died in a inadequately investigated accident, and that
they may have been having an affair before it happened.

Blood Libel: A hidden anti-Semitic message in a high school yearbook offers
a clue to an art teacher's murder and leads to a case that matches McCoy
against "Klan lawyer" Roy Payne.

September 21st:

The Secret Sharers

Remand: The victim in a 30-year-old rape and stabbing case is fearful when
information received by Briscoee and Curtis creates the possibilty of a new
trial for the perpetrator.

September 22nd:

Menace: The detectives face a difficult struggle getting witnesses to a
girl's apparent suicide to come forward while Jamie tries to prove that a
known bully is the one really responsible for her actions.

Corpus Delecti: The death of a show horse leads to a trial involving
insurance fraud, a sting operation and a wealthy woman's disappearance.

September 23rd:

Barter: An unpromising case of murder suddenly develops new leads when the
cops explore the possibility that the victim was mistaken for someone else.
McCoy walks a thin line in the matter of ethical conduct as he tries to make
a case against a lendor who uses unscrupulous methods to collect the money
owed to him.

Trophy: The search for what appears to be a copycat serial killer results
in complications for McCoy, who tackled the first case five years earlier
with his former assistant, who was also his lover, and who now has some
unsavory accusations about her former boss and friend.

September 24th:

Matrimony: A would-be thief turns the murder investigation of Peter Triandos
around, and leaves the D.A.'s office with the problem of trying to prosecute
the man's lawyer and his client's young pretty wife.


September 25th:


September 28th:

Working Mom: The murder of a ex-cop with a penchant for blackmail and
illicit sex brings feminist lawyer Lanie Stieglitz into court against McCoy
to defend a suburban wife and mother.

Charm City: A gas attack in a New York subway station is similar to an
attack that took place in Baltimore five years earlier. Baltimore homicide
detectives, Bayliss and Pembleton, travel to New York and are told they'll
be informed when New York has a suspect in custody. Frank and Tim launch
their own investigation. New York captures the suspect and puts him on
trial. A verdict is reached and the defendant is found guilty on all counts.
The DA offers to reduce the defendants sentence if he'll give up his
conspirators and he states "he is just the tip of the iceberg."

September 29th:

D-Girl: A headless corpse fished out of the river sends Curtis and Briscoee
out to Los Angeles to obtain a blood sample from their chief suspect while
McCoy and Ross back in New York try to obtain a court order for the

Custody: The killing of a social worker exposes a scam concerning foster
children, coinciding with a young black woman kidnapping her biological son
from a white couple with whom he'd been placed, and bringing former ADA Paul
Robinette into conflict with his former colleagues.

September 30th:

Turnaround: Back in New York with their suspect, Briscoee and Curtis try to
pin down his schedule on the night of the murder, but find instead that
another man was in the area at the right time and more importantly, might
have a motive for the crime. But after the issuance of a new arrest warrant,
McCoy and Ross have to fly to LA to defend their warrant against attacks by
the man's defense counsel, Jamie's former husband Neal Gorton.


NBC L&O's Newest Recruit: Angie Harmon

Angie Harmon, who just finished appearing in ABC's under-appreciated C-16: 
FBI, has a new home on NBC's Law & Order.  Harmon will replace the outgoing
Carey Lowell, who is leaving to focus on other projects.

In her new role, Harmon plays Abbie Carmichael, the ambitious and independent
assistant to executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston), whose success in the
Special Narcotics Prosecutor's Office placed her on the fast track with
District Attorney Adam Schiff (Steven Hill). 

Dick Wolf, executive producer of the series, which is television's
longest-running drama, was excited about the new addition. "The part of the 
'second chair' has been a pivotal role on the series, first with Richard Brooks 
as Paul Robinette, followed by Jill Hennessy as Claire Kincaid and Carey 
Lowell as Jamie Ross,'' Wolf said. "Angie will bring a strong presence to 
the character of Abbie Carmichael, who has impeccable academic and 
professional credentials, and will consistently challenge McCoy's authority.'' 

Before C-16. Harmon modeled and made her acting debut on the short-lived 
David Hasselhoff series, Baywatch Nights.

From The Cop Show Site

Obituary: Lori Kern

Writer and apocrypha author Lori Kern passed away on July 29, 1998, 
after a long battle with cancer. Friends report that she died peacefully, 
and there was no funeral, as she had donated her body to science and 
her eyes to transplantation. Lori wrote one story, and one challenge, 
as Lori N. Kem, both of which can be read in our Fiction 
section this month, as a tribute. The family has requested that donations 
be made to the American Cancer Society.  

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