"Law & Order" may get to be the longest running American drama series of all time after all. There is reportedly a talk between NBC Universal who owns the franchise and AMC to revive the show which had been running for 20 seasons before NBC decided to cancel it in May.
The negotiation is not yet officially announced and the source came from NY Mag's Vulture which said the network "quietly" approached NBC Universal for the possibility to produce new episodes. There are three things, in fact, why AMC would want to pick up the series.
First, the network is desperate to get some decent rating because although "Breaking Bad" and "Mad Men" are acclaimed series, they still get relatively low ratings compared to other cables' shows. Second, the "Law & Order" franchise has quite successful re-reruns in cables like USA Network that AMC is hoping it would do the same for them. Third, "it could also help AMC in its efforts to get cable operators to pay more per subscriber".
However, AMC is also to consider the reasons why NBC decided to put it down. The cost per episode reportedly reaches $3 million but the rating did not match the number. NBC asked showrunner Dick Wolf to reduce his producer fee but he refused.
Both AMC and NBC Universal have not commented on this.