March 3rd, 2009

Asta 2

Law & Order: UK and ITV

It seems that the future success of Law & Order: UK and ITV are strongly tied together. Mark Wright of The Stage posted an interesting article stating if 'Law & Order: UK' had been produced by ITV five years ago, the network would not be in such dire straights now. And, yes, Mr.Wright seems to think very highly of the series and, in particular, singles out Bradley Walsh and Jamie for praise.

And Sky News is reporting that tomorrow, or later today depending on what time zone you live in, ITV will be laying off 500 employees as well as close one of it's studios due to the current economic crisis. Sadly, even if Law & Order: UK is considered a hit (viewership was down by 600,000 viewers this week, but the drop was not unexpected), there is no guarantee it will be renewed for a second series.

The Guardian reports on how ITV came to be in it's current situation. as does BBC News.