Image copyright © by Marcus Trahan

When: Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 11:30 a.m.

Location: 7040 Hollywood Blvd, west of Orange Drive.

Comment: Wolf’s least favorite of more than 350 episodes, up to this point, is the one in which the daughter of Det. Lennie Briscoe (played by Jerry Orbach) gets killed by a drug dealer. “It was exactly what the show wasn’t, but Jerry has pled for years, ‘Please let someone die in my arms so I can get nominated.’”

Dick Wolf is a writing machine, he’s the Rod Serling of the ‘90s, and “Law and Order” in its various incarnations has been so successful that, on at least a dozen cable channels, you can tune in at any hour of the day or night and hear the famous “Doink doink” sound effect they use between scenes. Myself, I have enjoyed L&O from time to time, but if I never heard that doink doink again I’d be happy. It’s run its course. Wolf is listed as the writer for 391 episodes of the original series, 56 episodes of “Special Victims Unit,” and 143 episodes of “Criminal Intent.” And I don’t believe that for a second. Sure, he probably helped in the creation process, but he has a staff, and after they’ve hashed out the plot I’m sure those people fill in the blanks. Why? You get more money if you write and produce. I’m not putting him down, I’m sure he does a lot of writing, but still … Ice-T was there, and Chris Noth spoke. So did Sam Waterston, and Lee didn’t manage to get a single shot of him where he wasn’t looking kind of goofy. We concluded that Waterston’s normal expression is kind of goofy, and when he raises his eyebrows, well, he gets even goofier.

Dick Wolf says thanks

March 29, 2007
Hollywood, CA