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12 December 2013 @ 12:41 am
Last week, Christopher Evan Welch, who has been in the Law & Order franchise, many times over, passed away. The New York Times has its usually well-done obit, so start there:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/06/arts/christopher-evan-welch-48-stage-and-screen-actor-dies.html

Personally speaking, Welch's finest "Law & Order" performance was clearly CI's "See Me." Do yourself a favor and give the 2003 episode a good viewing. Given how Welch's other "Law & Order" roles were either defense attorneys or seldom-seen antagonists (done in SVU at least twice), "See Me" was most refreshing by having Welsh's character take center-stage eventually.

Try to have a good night, despite the above, everyone.
 
 
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Today is Sam Waterston's birthday. In lieu of something meaningful to say, here is a fun video about the various outbursts of Waterston's "The Newsroom" character, courtesy of New York Magazine. Mind your content warning, and enjoy Waterston actually saying "douchebaggery" at 0:10 and a lot of profanity afterwards.



Anyway, I'll play catch-up on certain entries, like recent SVU Episode Discussions, during the weekend. Have a good night.
 
 
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06 November 2013 @ 09:00 pm
Here is where you can discuss a singer's abuse of children in "Dissonant Voices."
 
 
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23 October 2013 @ 09:00 pm
Here is where you can discuss A.D.A. Barba struggling against a friend's corruption in "October Surprise."
 
 
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16 October 2013 @ 09:00 pm
Here is where you can discuss a "True Believers" follow-up in "Wonderland Story."
 
 
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15 October 2013 @ 08:49 pm
Here is a special edition of "Richard Belzer's Conversation," featuring him and his beloved dog, Bébé. I originally meant to post the video during the summer, except life had other plans. On the other hand, the timing is right in regard to tomorrow's SVU episode and Belzer's television character retiring. Anyway, enjoy teh cuteness.

 
 
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15 October 2013 @ 06:06 pm
Not unexpected, yet it is gratifying to see that the UK spinoff is faring quite well, these days. Special thanks for the ATLAO blog for informing me, as I haven't been watching UK (and, yes, I know I should). Hyperlink is spaced, as Livejournal continues to have issues with Deadline links for whatever reason.

http://w w w.d eadline.com/2013/09/itv-renews-law-order-uk-for-season-8/

Whenever I find out the proper timecode, I'll post the Series 7 finale Episode Discussion, as per its connection to "Phobia." I have no idea when that shall be, beyond this week or next.

A light Belzer-related entry is on the way, in honor of his SVU semi-finale, tomorrow. If it is not done by tonight, then it will be by tomorrow.
 
 
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(My apologies for the incredibly belated ness, as my life has been incredibly chaotic, lately.)

As you may already know, Richard Belzer's final regular episode is airing tomorrow ("Wonderland Story"). However, he and his character, John Munch, will still remain with the series, albeit in recurring status. Further details in the link below, etc.

http://tvline.com/2013/10/10/law-order-svu-richard-belzer-no-longer-series-regular/

And rather than to spam up another entry, I'm also sharing an Entertainment Weekly piece about the new Benson/Cassidy apartment, which was featured in last week's episode:

http://popstyle.ew.com/2013/10/09/first-look-bensidys-new-apartment-law-order-svu/

Special thanks to the All Things Law & Order blog for the links, since I'm quite out of the loop, these days. And a Law & Order UK entry is next.
 
 
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09 October 2013 @ 09:00 pm
Here is where you can discuss Brian Cassidy's chance to reclaim his Detective status in "Internal Affairs."
 
 
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02 October 2013 @ 09:00 pm
Here is where you can discuss a combination of the Paula Deen and Trayvon Martin cases in "American Tragedy."
 
 
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25 September 2013 @ 10:00 pm
Here is where you can discuss the Ariel Castro case in "Imprisoned Lives."
 
 
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25 September 2013 @ 09:00 pm
Here is where you can discuss Det. Benson's test of survival in "Surrender Benson."
 
 
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23 September 2013 @ 10:27 pm
Well, it has been a while, hasn't it? To partially make up for yet another unintended absence, here is some belated and not-so-belated news items. (These are not given in any particular order.)

1. As I'm sure most of you know, SVU Season 15 will commence in two days. As per last year, it will be another double episode airing, picking up from last season's cliffhanger. Moreover, Dean Winters will return as Brian Cassidy, which is always a nice treat.

2. I recently discovered Law & Order UK's Series 7 finale, "Dependant," is actually based on the Jack/Abbie-era episode, "Phobia." Admittedly, "Phobia" is not my favorite, though, I'm glad UK is converting Jack/Abbie-era episodes, once again.

The ATLAO blog has the always useful recap:

http://allthingslawandorder.blogspot.com/2013/08/law-order-uk-dependant-recap-review.html

3. Angie Harmon is currently on the cover of More Magazine (which I didn't know about until last week):

http://www.more.com/entertainment/celebrities-movies-tv-music/angie-harmon-getting-what-you-want-any-age

I'll include an additional link, as per this Harmon commentary piece on homosexuality, her politics and Lee Thompson Young's sudden passing:

http://www.eonline.com/news/451617/rizzoli-isles-star-angie-harmon-talks-homosexuality-politics-and-believing-in-therapy

4. Tonight marks the 15th anniversary of "Cherished" or Abbie Carmichael's television debut. I wish I had something special in mind to celebrate, except real life continues to keep calling. (I hope to rectify that in the future, although, I have no idea when this will be.) Regardless, at least, all of Carmichael's television fare is now finally on Region 1 DVD, so I suggest everyone pop in his or her Mothership Season 9 set and watch the magic unfold, in the meantime.

5. Evidently, MyNetworkTV shall air weekday SVU, starting this week. Tonight features "Payback," so enjoy seeing the Abbie 6 during the next three weeks.

Until the next posting (or the next SVU Episode Discussion), have a good week or month. Hope everyone had a good summer.
 
 
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13 August 2013 @ 10:47 pm
Earlier today, TV Shows on DVD announced the next Mothership solo season DVD set. Details, including a November release date, are within the link, etc. A pattern may be forming, judging from the Season 11-12 release dates (Nov 2012, Feb 2013, respectively). We'll see in the coming winter, though, a bi-annual DVD release of the remaining Mothership seasons is definitely better than nothing.

http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Law-Order-Season-13/18842

Sorry for my belated ness, as life has been extremely busy, lately. I'll try to post some much-belated and current news items, later this week, but no problems. However, I wanted to address the Season 13 DVD matter immediately, now that we have some vital information. Until then, have a good night.

Update (8/24): High-quality package art is available:

http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Law-Order-Season-13/18859
 
 
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22 July 2013 @ 05:58 pm
Dennis Farina, who played the Mothership's Joe Fontana, passed away, earlier today. Details, including cause of death, are within the link below.

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/07/22/actor-former-chicago-cop-dennis-farina-dies/

Eventually, I will write up my own assessment of Fontana's Mothership stint. (I also want to do so, since the comm was created during his final season.) While there were obvious problems -- as anything would be, when given the thankless task of replacing Jerry Orbach -- his fare still managed to be quite entertaining (Season 16, in particular). For a good spotlight Fontana episode, I suggest viewing "Ghosts" or its UK equivalent, "Haunted."

Meanwhile, the cut below contains a trio of YouTube videos, featuring a late 00's radio interview with Farina. I don't have time to listen thoroughly at the moment, yet the third video is rather "Law & Order"-specific. Regardless, it is worth your time to listen.

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As per the subject line, BBC America has a new promo involving Law & Order UK Series 7. Moreover, Series 7 will make its BBC America debut on August 7, 2013 at 9:00 PM EST. (Which is confirmed within the promo itself.)



Meanwhile, for those who can't wait until then, the ATLAO blog already has its recap of the first episode, "Tracks."

http://allthingslawandorder.blogspot.com/2013/07/law-order-uk-tracks-recap-review.html

Lastly, as a bonus, here is the Series 7 opening:



Anyway, enjoy the above until I finish my other L&O news updates, later in the week. Once again, have a good night.
 
 
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Apparently, Raúl Esparza has been promoted to full SVU cast member status. Details are within the link, etc. And, yes, it was a good move on everyone's part. Esparza's A.D.A. Barba is one of the more exciting elements of the Leight-era, and may he be around for years to come. Special thanks to the ATLAO blog.

http://www.deadline.com/2013/07/justin-hartley-revenge-abc/

I'll post several entries later in the week, as there are many new L&O franchise updates. I'll likely post them late, as I've been dealing with a really nasty headcold. Nevertheless, I did want to post about the Esparza promotion before anything else.

Have a good night.
 
 
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03 July 2013 @ 02:25 pm
At long last, "Law & Order UK" Series 7 will soon make its debut. Apparently, it is slated to air on its home network, ITV, on July 14th. (I presently have no idea when it will re-air on BBC America, unless it already had. I say that, as I don't follow the UK series very much, even though, I should.) The ATLAO blog has a nice press release/primer about the new characters (including the Jamie Ross-esque Kate Barker) and U.S. episodes converted (including the fan-favorite "Aftershock"):

http://allthingslawandorder.blogspot.com/2013/07/law-order-uk-series-7-overview-new-cast.html

A "Law & Order" video entry is next, or will be posted before the night is finished.
 
 
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Yesterday, TV Shows on DVD.com posted about the next SVU Region 1 DVD set. Details here:

http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Law-Order-Special-Victims-Unit-Season-14/18649

Furthermore (and to save on posting another entry), SVU Season 15 will premiere the day after. Again, details here:

http://allthingslawandorder.blogspot.com/2013/06/nbc-announces-fall-premiere-dates-for.html

Unfortunately, there has been no word about the Mothership and its ongoing season DVD releases. (That would be Season 13, as Season 12 became available earlier in the year.) Whenever I hear anything new, I'll be sure to update the comm.

Anyway, next entry will be a UK update.

Update (7/21): Package art now available to see:

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Law-Order-Special-Victims-Unit-Season-14-Box-Art/18715
 
 
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A few weeks ago, the Writers Guild of America announced a "101 Best Written Television Series" listing. The Mothership apparently broke the top 50 (it was tied at 43rd place with Downton Abbey and Thirtysomething). Curiously, it is the only "Law & Order" product listed, with its compatriot, "Homicide: Life On The Street," a few slots below (at 46th place). Be sure to check out all of the rankings, as they are both informative and instructive.

http://www.wga.org/content/default.aspx?id=5247
 
 
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