Wednesday, November 25, 2015

No, non, nyet...

One of the people who might have the most to gain from the cancellation of NBC's "The Jay Leno Show" has nothing to say.

No, non, nyet...


One of the people who might have the most to gain from the cancellation of NBC's "The Jay Leno Show" has nothing to say.

In seven different languages.

"Law & Order" producer Dick Wolf, here for PBS to tout a film on "When You're Strange: A Film About The Doors," which will premiere on the network May 26, said afterward that he had no comment on the Leno-Conan O'Brien situation.

But as usual, the University of Pennsylvania grad had come prepared.

Wolf's famous for carrying notes for press conference in a pocket and pulling them out and reading them from the stage. (Usually, they're stats proving that the "L&O" franchise is bigger than "American Idol" and the Oscars put together. Or something like that -- let's face it, numbers confuse me.)

But when I asked Wolf  just now what he had in his pocket, he pulled out a sheet with the phrase "no comment" printed on it in seven different languages.

NBC Universal entertainment chairman Jeff Gaspin this weekend was talking about a possible new "L&O" franchise, set in Los Angeles (and already affectionately dubbed "LOLA") as well as the likelihood of a record 21st season for the mothership, which hasn't always gotten so much love from the network in recent years.

But with five new hours opening up at 10 p.m. -- at least some of them likely to go to scripted programming, new or existing -- Wolf would seem to be in a strong position.

Noting that he never comments on this sort of thing, he finally offered up a crumb on the situation:

"I'm sorry for everybody's pain," he said.

Daily News TV Critic
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