“Law & Order” to be Canceled?

Is it over for the tough officers of “Law & Order?” Multiple reports claim that the long-running “Law & Order” would not be part of NBC’s 2010-2011 line-up. If the reports turn out true, “Law & Order” would end a 20-year run once its season finale is shown on May 24.

“Law & Order” would become the longest-running prime time drama if it is extended another season by NBC, snapping a tie with “Gunsmoke.” “The Simpsons” holds the record of the longest-running TV series with 21 seasons. “Law & Order” has been losing viewers in recent years, shedding around 10 million viewers from 2002. It currently pulls around 8 million viewers per episode today.

Despite all the talks of “Law & Order” ending its run, a person connected to the show said negotiations are still ongoing to keep the show, and keep alive creator Dick Wolf’s dream of setting the new record for a TV drama. Wolf, during a gathering of “Law & Order” stars to mark the start of the 20th season, had said that he hoped to see all of them “in 2013.”

NBC will announce its 2010-2011 line-up next week.