June 8, 2006
WITH A LAST name like hers, how could anyone resist giving this year's George Fencl award to Officer AnnaMae Law of the 26th District? The award, given by the Daily News yesterday, honors a police officer who shows the same spirit of dedication, toughness, kindness and street smarts as the cop whose name is on the plaque: the legendary George Fencl, who led the Civil Affairs unit during the 1960s and '70s. By all accounts, Law is both cop and guardian angel to people most of us would avoid.
April 29, 2002
WHO IS Judge Frederica Massiah-Jackson kidding? Does she think anyone cares about "parameters of the rules of professional conduct and the code of civility"? We all know most lawyers don't care. What I and columnist Michael Smerconish and most normal citizens in Philadelphia care about is whether or not we have idiots serving on our benches. Thanks to Michael, we know we have at least one. Lisa Rau should let this thug and felon live in her house. Tom Schmidt, Philadelphia The father of Shannon Schieber has intimated that his daughter would still be alive if the police had broken down her door after they were called to her apartment by the call reporting a "woman screaming.
May 5, 1999 |
An old friend, a real old friend, turns 200 tonight. And none other than Julia Roberts shows up for the party. Law & Order, a weathered promontory in the TV landscape, where the average drama doesn't last a season, is on the way to completing its ninth. The show is a TV phenomenon, presented four times a day on cable's A&E, as well as Wednesday nights at 10 on NBC. In March, NBC signed an unprecedented deal for three more years of the show and also ordered a spinoff, Law & Order: SCU, about a New York Police Department sex crimes unit.
May 24, 2010
LAW & ORDER. 10 tonight, Channel 10. WE MAY BE saying goodbye to "Lost's" Jack Shephard and "24's" Jack Bauer, but I find it difficult to believe we're bidding farewell to Jack McCoy. Even if tonight's episode of NBC's "Law & Order" truly is the last of a 20-season run - and I say "if" because producer Dick Wolf reportedly hasn't given up his dream of a record-breaking 21st - New York District Attorney McCoy could still be back on NBC. The Sam Waterston character joined the mother ship in 1994 (only S. Epatha Merkerson's Lt. Anita Van Buren, there since 1991, has been in more episodes, scoring her own TV record for actress in a single series)
June 22, 2010 |
The Northeast Philadelphia man arrested for allegedly stalking Law & Order: Criminal Intent star Kathryn Erbe is now facing a federal interstate stalking charge in New York, officials said Tuesday. Charles Nagel, 36, has been in custody in Philadelphia since March, after New York City police got a warrant charging him with harassing and stalking Erbe. Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney Patrick Cannon said an extradition hearing set for Tuesday at the Criminal Justice Center was canceled because of the new federal charge.
April 14, 2005 |
The break between seasons of HBO's "The Sopranos" may seem excruciatingly long to you, but for Michael Imperioli, it's just right. "For me, the idea that we're going back is enough security," Imperioli, who plays up-and-coming mobster Christopher Moltisanti, said this week in a conference call with reporters. "It's kind of a luxury to have a sure thing in this business and to have so much time in between to do other things. " One of those other things is a four-week stint on NBC's "Law & Order," filling in for Jesse L. Martin, who's skipping out a few weeks early this season to make the film of "Rent," returning to the role he originated in the Broadway musical.
April 30, 2010 |
Law & Order: Buenos Aires , anyone? If The Secret in Their Eyes suggests an artier take on an especially good episode of the ubiquitous TV procedurals (with some Cold Case flashbacks thrown in), the resemblance is more than coincidence. Juan José Campanella, the writer and director of the Argentine thriller - winner of this year's Academy Award for foreign-language film - is a veteran of several Law & Order iterations. And so, this tale of the pursuit of a rapist and murderer, with its grim crime scenes and testy interrogations, its legal strategizing, and third-act twist, has a certain Criminal Intent intensity, a Special Victims Unit specialness about it. Starring a melancholic Ricardo Darín as Benjamin, a criminal court investigator, The Secret in Their Eyes opens with a gauzy reverie at a train station - a man and a woman separated by a departing choo-choo.
July 19, 2007
THE ATTITUDES and practices of Sylvester Johnson as presented in your recent profile, "Behind the Badge," are examples of why the leadership of this city just doesn't get it. With an ever-climbing murder rate and an overall decline in the quality of life around the city, a top priority should not be diversity, but rather the presence of the most capable and qualified police force. Quotas should not get in the way of quality, especially in a time of crisis. On a related topic, having had many non-shooting-related calls to 911 ignored, I must say this: What are perceived as "small things" must not be ignored.
September 29, 2010 |
It worked for the Giants and the Dodgers. It worked for NCIS . So, the big guns at NBC figured, why not move Law & Order to California? Despite all the hoopla about other new series last season, NCIS: Los Angeles turned out to be the highest-rated freshman series, by a wide margin. Don't expect the same for Law & Order: Los Angeles , which premieres Wednesday at 10 p.m. on NBC10. Fans of the original, which everyone in the business calls "The Mother Ship," will probably like the new one set in LaLa Land.