Law & Order: SVU leaving New Jersey Set

‘Law & Order: SVU’ Leaves New Jersey Over Nixed Tax Credit & May Move Into ‘L&O’ Set –

Law & Order: SVU has become the first victim of New Jersey’s pending suspension of its film and TV production tax credit.

The veteran NBC crime drama has been the highest profile TV series based in New Jersey. Its sets have been housed at NBC’s Central Archives building in North Bergen. But faced with losing the state’s 20% tax incentive, the show is headed to New York, which recently proposed boosting its incentive to $420 million annually.

In New York, L&O: SVU might move into the studio space at Chelsea Piers that has been occupied by the mothership Law & Order series. I [Nellie Andreeva] hear Universal Media Studios, which co-produces the Law & Order franchise with Wolf Films, is looking into the viability of moving L&O:SVU into L&O’s old digs, which will be vacant soon, following the veteran series’ cancellation by NBC last month. Such a move would carry on a long tradition: Chelsea Piers has been so closely associated with the franchise through the mothership series, a road leading to Pier 62 was renamed Law & Order Way in 2004.

L&O:SVU’s exit from New Jersey will probably have an impact on the local economy. L&O:SVU co-star Tamara Tunie and NBC Uni’s tax counsel Brian O’Leary were among those who testified in favor of keeping the New Jersey tax credit at a hearing earlier this month. According to estimates, nearly 7,000 New Jersey production workers earned more than $500 million in wages in 2008, the latest year available. More than 3,000 small businesses who supplied film and TV productions made a total of $508 million.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s budget reform package, which includes the scrapping of the tax credit, was approved by a state panel yesterday and is expected to pass a vote by both houses on Monday.

Law & Order Sets Are Still Standing – Gothamist

Law & Order‘s series finale was last month, but the sets at Chelsea Piers are still standing and here are some photographs of the interior sets—the Manhattan DA’s office, the squad room of the 2-7, the court room—in nostalgic black and white.

The long-running drama was cancelled by NBC but producer Dick Wolf suggested he wanted to bring it back. There were rumors TNT might be interested in picking up the show, but the cable network said it wasn’t interested in Season 21 (it probably doesn’t want to be the network that takes NBC’s scraps—hello, Southland—which makes us wonder if DirecTV would pony up for the show, the way it did for Friday Night Lights).

Still, even though the show is over, the crew hasn’t been asked to dismantle the sets yet, giving us a little hope. Sure, there are 20 seasons of Law & Order to look back at, but we wouldn’t mind seeing what headlines are ripped for a new season (Times Square bomber! South Street Seaport concert riot! The sexy banker!).

SVU should have been in New York from day 1. The images of the remaning original Law & Order set by the Gothamist, makes me wish they would just bring this show back!



  1. gahks
    Posted June 26, 2010 at 10:35 am | Permalink | Reply

    NBC should just turn the ‘L&O’ sets into a museum or a shrine or something. Something that will console us mothership fans who don’t care for ‘SVU’ right now with a piece of proper American television history.

    • mortonsloci
      Posted June 27, 2010 at 11:22 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I’d love to see the set of L&O used FOR L&O. The show is still rumored to be in Limbo.

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