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‘Law’ creator corrects Wolf criers

Exec producer confident about franchise, 'Jury' duty

Despite concerns that the “Law & Order” mother ship might sink opposite its “CSI: NY” competish, creator and exec producer Dick Wolf believes the show has fared all right.

“I guess the nicest thing we can say about the fall is that the epitaphs that were written in September have been a bit premature,” Wolf told the audience Tuesday at a luncheon sponsored by Beverly Hills’ Museum of Television and Radio. “The show is doing fine.”

Wolf also noted his pleasure with the ease of the show’s latest cast transition, as thesp Annie Parisse took over after the departure of Elisabeth Rohm — a move that was “agreed upon by everyone and not a shock to her.” Wolf quickly added that he “does not believe that (her character) really is a lesbian.”

With regard to contending with the death of Jerry Orbach — who had moved on to star in the latest “Law & Order” entry, “Trial by Jury” — Wolf said it would be “mentioned” but not drawn out.

Not surprisingly, Wolf predicted success for “Trial by Jury,” noting that Annabella Sciorra, Peter Coyote and Lorraine Bracco will guest star in the first three episodes, respectively.

Wolf had one request to his partners at NBC.

“I wish they would spread the pain a little more evenly among the hour shows, (so) it’s not some version of ‘Law & Order’ that is always on against ‘Desperate Housewives,’ ‘The Amazing Race,’ ‘American Idol’ or the Grammys.”

Despite the success of sudsers like “Housewives,” Wolf said he wasn’t interested in producing serialized drama, noting that shows like “24” are the opposite of what he does.

“Serialized drama is economically to me the kiss of death,” Wolf said.

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