Benjamin Bratt SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 27, 2000 — A prediction: In the futuristic world of 2005, “Friends” will be ex-“Friends,” “ER” will be closed, but “Law & Order” will still be making people nauseous with shaky cameras. The first two are guesses; the third is a lock. On Wednesday, NBC announced that it had renewed the looong-running cop-and-lawyer show for five years — or through the 2004-2005 season.
“Law & Order” debuted in 1990. It is only peaking ratings-wise this year, ranked No. 13 among all primetime shows.
COMINGS, GOINGS: “The Jamie Foxx Show” is looking like a likely candidate to be back for a fifth season, today’s Daily Variety says; over at the UPN, the Barry Levinson-produced “The Beat” has been canned after six broadcasts.
THE MISSING LINKS: Two episodes of “Manchester Prep” — the axed-before-it-aired Fox drama about randy-minded teens — will resurface on video as a “movie” prequel to 1999’s “Cruel Intentions, producers tell The Hollywood Reporter. “Manchester” was a TV-land spinoff of “Cruel Intentions.” Or, at least, it was supposed to be.
INSTA-COMEDY: Wednesday’s installment of “South Park” on Comedy Central was completed just hours before its airtime, the network says. The episode focused on a ripped-from-the-headlines Elian Gonzalez-esque case. Only not as funny.