Reports: NBC to Murder Law & Order

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Dick Wolfe, creator of the television series, "Law & Order

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In the criminal justice system, sitcoms are represented by two separate yet important groups: the viewers, who watch the shows, and the networks that decide whether to renew them. What’s their story?

After two decades of detective exploits, NBC may be set to cancel one of its staple shows: Law & Order. TIME television critic James Poniewozik outlines his thoughts on the case.