Tue 24 Jan, 2006 01:29 am
L & O has always been my fav cop show and the first series (the one starring George Dzunda)is just being re-run here, and I can't believe how amateurish it looks.
Has anyone else felt this way after not seeing it for years?
Yes, I've noticed that with several series. I think a lot of it has to do with budget, once a show becomes establised it gets a bit more money thrown at it, and that tends to effect everything....production values, writing, directing, editing.
And then of course there is the acting, sometimes it takes a full season for the actors to settle into their parts, usually two or three before they "become" the character.
It's all part of the magic of television....the pilot is often shot several months to a year in advance of the first airing. Then they make roughly a dozen episodes all at once...take a break then come back and shoot the other dozen. I'm sure it's hard to make it all fall together, making the series in pieces like that...especially for the first year.
I think that all lasting TV shows need to "develop". The actors need to become comfortable in their characters, and to play as a "team". That takes time.
I happen to be a L&O afficionado. I have seen almost all of the shows (L&O, SUV & C.I.) I used to love Chris Noth (Mike Logan) on the original L&O. He worked so well with Jerry Ohrbach. The two of them just "clicked".
Now that he is on Criminal Intent, I think that he is not doing his part justice. I find his character boring. I really wonder whether time (if they keep him on) will help him to hone his character.
Chris Noth is in Criminal Intent now? Do you mean in place of D'nofrio?
I love L&O, SVU especially b/c the plot is more developed with out the 30min court room segment. I'm not that into the old ones with Sorvino & Co. My favs are still the Orbach/Noth episodes (but I love Noth from Sex and the City, so I'm biased!!)
The female ADAs are the deal breakers for me. I liked Angie Harmon and the one before her, HATEd Elizabeth Rohm, I thought she was an awful actress!
I had read somewhere that D'Onofrio was very stressed out, and that was why they brought in Noth to share the air time.
I loved Jill Hennessy on L&O. The funny thing, is that I never watch her since she got her own show. I could not stand Benjamin Bratt. He had a mannerism where his voice went up at the end of a sentence, which drove me nuts!
The female ADAs are the deal breakers for me. I liked Angie Harmon and the one before her, HATEd Elizabeth Rohm, I thought she was an awful actress![/quote]
You are so right about Elizabeth Rohm...ugh,,
Reminds me Charlene Tilton on Dallas..
I just cringe
when I watch them.
I guess it is true, Its not what you know, its who you..fill in the blank , well, you know