‘Mysteries of Laura’ Adds ‘Law & Order’ Producer to Season 2

Michael Smith Mysteriez of Laura
Courtesy of NBC

The Mysteries of Laura” has added “Law & Order” alum Michael Smith as a co-exec producer, Variety has learned. Smith will provide both producer and director services to the second season of the Debra Messing dramedy on NBC.

Previously, Smith worked as a co-producer on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” starting in 2005, eventually rising the ranks to producer in 2010. He served as a co-exec producer on “SVU,” becoming an exec producer in 2013. Smith also co-exec produced USA Network’s”Satisfaction.”

His episodic directing credits include USA’s “Suits,” “Covert Affairs” and “White Collar,” plus NBC’s drama “Allegiance.”

“Mysteries of Laura” is created by Jeff Rake who for Season 2, will continue to exec produce with Greg Berlanti, Aaron Kaplan, Sarah Schechter, McG and Todd Lituchy.

Smith is repped by Gersh and manager Andrew Hersh at Thrive Entertainment.

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  1. I’m guessing that if this guy was very good, he would still be working exclusively for Law & Order. Considering that this is Warren Leight’s last season as show runner for Law & Order(unless he breaks his contract with Sony) Dick Wolf didn’t think enough of this guy to bring him back. I really thought that NBC would come to their senses and get rid of this, but that would mean that NONE of the shows that debuted in the fall of the 2014-15 season would have survived. It would mean that NBC would have to FIRE a lot of very incompetent people, and I guess they like a lot of those VERY INCOMPETENT PEOPLE. How NBC can justify bringing back Debra messing and her $225,000+ an episode salary and Melissa Joan Hart’s $175,000+ per episode salary while not offering Danny Pino a decent raise to continue on Law & Order SVU is a DISGRACE! SHAME SHAME SHAME NBC.

  2. Pam says:

    Well maybe he will bring some balance to this show. I’m still not sure why people continue to tune-in to this milk-toast of a show. I understand the appeal of Debra Messing, but even her talent shouldn’t be enough to command the audience it does each week. I don’t get it.

    • TV GUIDE just came out with their Top 50 shows of the 2014-15 TV Season. if you remove Football, Reality Shows and Dick Wolf Shows, NBC had ONE show in the TOP 50: The Blacklist. CBS had Stalker in the top 50 and cancelled it. The Mysteries of Laura wasn’t in the top 50 and NBC brought it back for 13 episodes. I don’t get it either. NBC needs to clean house from the TOP DOWN because it doesn’t matter that their programming compared to ABC and CBS(and possibly FOX, the CW and the WB) is abysmal. They only look at money.

      • Monica says:

        I like Debra Messing I think she is funny But not even her or the hot actor who plays Billy Soto can make me continue to watch this snooze fest Someone at NBC must really got it bad for Messing This show has boring writing There ain’t nothing fresh or exciting about this show I feel like I aged 60 yrs just watching it The characters are just plain dull I got completely turned off The people at the retirement home can have it NBC should had just clean house It is a shame that a possibly better show that could have been a bigger hit was passed up for this crappy show I think I will check out the new show Rosewood on Fox It airs the same on the same night ant time as MOL Hopefully It will be good and kill in the ratings i hope MOL will sank and never resurface

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