The scene can then show the prosecution team leaving the office or court to go home while contemplating either the true guilt of the accused, the defense scenarios used, or the moral or ethical issue that was at the heart of the episode. Alternatively, the final minutes of the episode may take place in the AD`s office or detention center, where the prosecution pleads one last time to the accused or demands a defense from the prosecutor. In such a case, it can be shown that the accused attributes his crime to the court. In some episodes, the final verdict or outcome of subsequent plea hearings may not be known to the public. For the 1988 pilot, George Dzundza and Chris Noth were cast as the original detectives, Sergeant Max Greevey and Detective Mike Logan.  The producers felt that Dzundza would be a perfect senior police officer, as he was someone who, according to the producers, could imagine driving a police car. Noth and Michael Madsen were candidates for the role of Logan. Madsen was initially seen as the perfect choice for the role, but in a final reading, Madsen`s acting manners were perceived as repetitive, and Noth received the role instead.  The cast of the police is rounded out by Dann Florek as Captain Donald Cragen. After 12 years with Law & Order, Orbach announced in March 2004 that he would leave the series at the end of season 14 for the spin-off Law & Order: Trial by Jury. Lennie Briscoe was disbarred when he retired from the NYPD and later accepted a position as an investigator for the DA office. He was replaced in the 27th District by Detective Joe Fontana, played by Dennis Farina. At the time, Orbach refused to give a reason for his departure, but it was eventually revealed that he had battled prostate cancer (for over 10 years) and that his role in Trial by Jury was designed to be less painful for him than his role in the original series.
However, Orbach died of cancer on December 28, 2004 and was only featured in the first two episodes of Trial by Jury. (His character was later struck off and died off-screen, though this was not revealed in the original series until the Season 18 episode “Burn Card.”) At the time, NBC executives believed the series was beginning to show its age, as ratings had plummeted since Orbach`s departure.  Farina had never been popular with fans when he replaced Orbach, and it felt like the casting was no longer suitable. In an effort to revive the series, Wolf replaced Parisse with Alana de la Garza as Assistant District Attorney Consuela “Connie” Rubirosa, while Martin`s Green was promoted to senior detective and worked with Detective Nina Cassady, played by Milena Govich, who had worked with Wolf on the short-lived series Conviction and was the first female detective in the main cast. She also appeared briefly as a bartender in the season 16 episode “Flaw”. At this point, it`s unclear how many episodes the Law & Order revival will receive, and it also remains to be seen if it will arrive before the end of the 2021-2022 TV season or if it will be saved for the 2022-2023 TV season. The original incarnation of the series lasted from 1990 to 2010, and at the time of its cancellation, it was the longest running American prime-time series of the season, along with Gunsmoke (although Gunsmoke still beat it in number of episodes). Law & Order: CSR ultimately outperformed both in this category. At the beginning of the trial, the E.A.D.A.
and senior defense counsel will make opening remarks to the jury and then take turns making their case. They directly question and cross-examine witnesses, asking them questions that support their case or sow doubt in the case of their rival. Some of those interviewed by police in the first half (witnesses, former suspects, and family members of criminal defendants and victims) will return to be put on the witness stand to testify for both sides, depending on which party called them. In addition, professional testimony is given by forensic scientists, criminal lab technicians (including fingerprint analysts, DNA profilers, and ballistics analysts), and psychologists or psychiatrists (if the defendant is using a crazy plea). They will also object if the other goes beyond the scope of what the law allows, e.g. “summoning/harassing the witness”, “accepting facts, not evidence”, etc., which the judge will confirm (allow or annul (deny). The judge could even ask them to turn to the bench or ask both sides to meet in their chambers to make other arguments outside of a jury. Law & Order, the longest-running crime series on American television. The show aired on the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) network from 1990 to 2010 and enjoyed strong ratings throughout its run.
It won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series in 1997. Actor and former U.S. Senator Thompson has proven to be an interesting addition to the cast. The series cleverly used her real-life political views, allowing her character, DA Arthur Branch, to fend off the more liberal McCoy and Serena Southerlyn. The series has had a changing cast over the years. The longest-serving main cast included Steven Hill as District Attorney Adam Schiff (seasons 1–10), Jerry Orbach as Detective Lennie Briscoe (seasons 3–14), S. Epatha Merkerson as Lt. Anita Van Buren (seasons 4–20), Sam Waterston as Assistant District Attorney Jack McCoy (seasons 5–21; later District Attorney) and Jesse L. Martin as Detective Ed Green (seasons 10-18). Filmed and filmed in New York City, the hour-long Law & Order approached its accounts of crimes and prosecutions in innovative ways, depicting the case at the center of each episode from two perspectives, that of the police and that of the prosecutor`s office. The first half of each episode usually followed the regular cast of police officers as they investigated a crime, their efforts leading to the arrest of a suspect. In the second half of the episode, the plot and perspective shifted to the Manhattan District Attorney`s Office as prosecutors prepared their case and made their way to court.
Most of the show`s cases were inspired by actual crimes or trials that were “ripped out of the headlines,” but the events of the show were purely fictional. Law & Order`s split structure was based on high stakes and complex cases that posed myriad problems for investigators and prosecutors. Wolf fired Noth when his contract expired at the end of Season 5 because he felt Lennie Briscoe and Mike Logan had become too similar and the writers were struggling to write their dialogue together. Also, since the firing of Florek and Brooks, Noth was angry with the show and remained bitter at Wolf, whom he felt was not a friend of its actors. Detective Logan`s latest act involved his exile to Staten Island in a domestic violence unit as punishment for beating a city council member who orchestrated the murder of a gay colleague and managed to be acquitted of charges. (The TV movie Exiled: A Law & Order Movie, starring Noth, focuses on Logan`s attempt to get back in favor of the department.) Noth was replaced by Benjamin Bratt as Detective Reynaldo “Rey” Curtis, who was hired to find an even sexier actor than Noth. Bratt left the show at the end of Season 9, stating that it had been a friendly farewell and that he expected to return for guest appearances at some point. (He eventually returned for the Season 20 episode “Fed.”) Detective Curtis was disbarred for leaving the troupe to care for his wife, who was suffering from multiple sclerosis, in her final days.  He was replaced by Jesse L. Martin as Detective Ed Green, who was designed more as a loose cannon in the guise of Logan of Noth than Curtis of Bratt.  (Briscoe was described as a recovering alcoholic, as Cragen had been; Green has been described as a recovering problem gambler.) In 2000, Steven Hill announced that he would leave the series after season 10. Hill, who was the last remaining member of the original cast, said his departure had been friendly with the producers.
He was replaced by Dianne Wiest as acting district attorney Nora Lewin, and Adam Schiff was struck off screen to work with Jewish charities and human rights organizations in Europe.  In the summer of 1989, NBC executives Brandon Tartikoff and Warren Littlefield showed the pilot and liked it; But they feared that the intensity of the series would not repeat itself week after week. By 1990, however, NBC executives were confident enough that the innovative show could appeal to a wide audience that they eventually commissioned the series for an entire season.  The previously all-male cast had its first female regulars in season four with the addition of Merkerson — who would go on to become the longest-serving cast member in the show`s history — and Hennessy, whose Claire Kincaid became one of the most popular ADAs among fans. Farina had a very big task to replace the beloved Orbach, and fans never really appreciated his character Joe Fontana. Rohm`s abrupt departure “Is it because I`m a lesbian?” Mitte der 15. The season gave way to Parisse, which lasted a season and a half. Martin also missed the final four episodes of the season to shoot Rent; The star of The Sopranos, Michael Imperioli, replaced him.
Dick Wolf`s five L&O shows have amassed 1,052 episodes so far, with more to come as SVU enters its 17th season.