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[NBC Cancels Deadlinel]
[Law & Order: Criminal Intent Set To Be Third L&O Series]
[Vincent D'Onofrio Joins Criminal Intent]
[Is Dianne Wiest Out The Door?]

NBC Cancels Deadline

From The Hollywood Reporter
By Stephen Battaglio

Viewers have seen the final edition of Deadline, the newspaper drama Dick Wolf produced for NBC.

NBC officials that the series starring Oliver Platt as a sleuthing tabloid columnist has been pulled from its Monday 9p.m.. time slot, where it was finishing a distant fourth in the ratings. The drama is the second new program of the season to get the axe. NBC canceled the Monday comedy Tucker last week after four airings, along with Daddio, the NBC sitcom that debuted this spring.

NBC aired five episodes of Deadline. The thinking was that Tucker, a kid-oriented comedy that was seen as an incompatible lead-in, was hurting the show's ratings. But on Monday, the newsmagazine Dateline NBC gave a larger lead-in into Deadline and its ratings didn't improve.

For Wolf, the cancellation is a tough blow. Though his Law & Order has become a powerful franchise for NBC -- and has helped make Wolf a serious hitter in Hollywood -- he has been unable to break through with a primetime series that doesn't have Law & Order in the title. Law & Order is in its eleventh year, while its spin-off Law & Order: SVU, went into its second season on NBC and the network has already ordered another spin-off for next season.

NBC will fill the Deadline time period with a Law & Order repeat next Monday. The following week, the network will be airing part two of its miniseries The Resurrection. No plans have been finalized beyond that date, an NBC spokeswoman said.

Studios USA, which produces Deadline, has another half-dozen episodes in the can. Those hours could surface on the USA cable network.

L&O: Criminal Intent Next L&O Series

By Cynthia Littleton

LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) --- Book 'em, Dick. NBC has officially given a 13-episode commitment to Studios USA for a second spinoff of Dick Wolf's Law & Order franchise for the 2001-02 season (HR 9/6).

Law & Order: Criminal Intent will break from tradition by showing viewers how crimes are committed, a la Columbo, in addition to examining the subsequent investigations by police and prosecutors. Law & Order veteran Rene Balcer has been tapped as executive producer and head writer of the series. "It's extremely gratifying that viewers continue to be entertained by the Law & Order franchise," Wolf said, "and with this new series, we hope to bring a unique psychological component to the storytelling."

With the latest pickup, Law & Order is on track to become the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire of NBC, with three hours of the show set to air on the Peacock's primetime schedule next season. NBC in April gave a long-term renewal, through the 2004-05 season, to the original series, while the L&O: Special Victims Unit spinoff was renewed after its freshman
year through 2001-02. "We can't wait to roll out this latest edition, which will take viewers even more up close and personal into the criminal justice system," NBC Entertainment president Garth Ancier said.

As is the case with Special Victims Unit, episodes of Criminal Intent will have a shared window with Studios USA's sibling USA Network. The episodes will bow on USA within two weeks of their premiere on NBC, but the USA runs will be outside primetime and not on the same night as the NBC telecast.

That shared window with USA was a ground-breaking component of the deal Studios USA struck with NBC two years ago for SVU. There had been concern that the additional exposure on cable would dilute the viewership of the series on NBC, but the show has been a solid performer for the Peacock in the tough Friday 10 p.m. slot.

Vincent D'Ononfrio Set To Join L&O: Criminal Intent

By Nellie Andreeva
LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) --- Feature film actor Vincent D'Onofrio (The Cell) is set to topline Dick Wolf's third installment of the Law & Order franchise for NBC. He will play a detective on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, produced by Studios USA, which has received a 13-episode commitment from the network. The new show is described as a departure from the trademark Law & Order format and will look at the crimes from the point of view of the criminal, the police and prosecutors.

D'Onofrio's starring roles on the big screen include Men in Black, The Newton Boys and The Thirteenth Floor. His movie credits also include Strange Days, JFK and Malcolm X. On the TV side, D'Onofrio made a memorable guest appearance in
the "Subway" episode of NBC's Homicide: Life on the Street that earned him an Emmy nomination. D'Onofrio next stars in the Castle Rock feature The Salton Sea, opposite Val Kilmer and the Jodie Foster-produced indie feature The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys.

Is Dianne Wiest Packing It In?

From Fox News:

Dianne Wiest may bail on Law & Order. The word from the world of Dick Wolf, executive producer of the two Law
& Order series, is that Dianne Wiest will probably not return next season as the district attorney.

Wiest, an Academy Award-winning actress who rarely appears on television, replaced 11-year veteran Steven Hill this season after he retired. But sources close to the show say that Wiest has been unhappy with the TV schedule and would like out.

Wiest has won the Oscar twice, both times for best supporting actress, in Woody Allenís Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and Bullets Over Broadway (1994).

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