Law & Order's Rene Balcer: "I Didn't Think Much Of Fred Thompson's Acting
Rene Balcer, Law & Order executive producer and head writer was on Brian Lehrer's WNYC show this afternoon. Pretty interesting stuff. Balcer left the original Law & Order for a while to work on Criminal Intent. Apparently, the powers that be at L&O wanted him back on the original but he refused to do so until they got rid of Fred Thompson. "I didn't think much of (Fred Thompson's) acting or the character," Balcer told Brian Lehrer. Thompson soon after left to run for President, clearing the way for Balcer to return. This won't endear Balcer to conservative critics who have attacked L & O for being "increasingly left."
Balcer also said that he not only elaborated in The New York Post, but also on at least one occasion from a French newspaper. "We pulled our (L&O) stories from the New York Post's of the world," he added. The big scoop he dropped though was that although Law & order's obit has been written, there may still be a chance for the show to live on on cable. "There are conversations taking place with cable ... we'll know (if Law & order may be back) by the end of this week."