It used to be that Cabot Cove, home of Jessica Fletcher and Murder She Wrote used to be the most violent place to live in TV land–after all there was a murder committed there each week. Now, it seems, despite the record-low crime rate, the honor has been passed to New York. Looking at the networks’ fall lineups, I’ve noticed that one thing stands out: By 2005, there will be at least seven cop shows based in New York. NBC leads the pack with five: Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: SVU, Third Watch, and in January, Law & Order: Trial by Jury.
(If you ever go to a Broadway show, here’s a little game you can play. Look in the Playbill, and see how many cast members were at one time on Law & Order. I guarantee there will be at least one.)
Is it just me, or does it seem like there are more people playing cops on TV than there are in the streets?