Sorry for the lateness of this, but at 6 PM Los Angeles time today (Monday), the Sundance Channel is re-airing the three-part story on Law & Order about a celebrity murder of a Hollywood studio executive. It's one of the best "episodes" of the series, in large part because they're able to delve into such detail and fill it with numerous twists and turns.
When I first watch the three-parter it was as a re-rerun and so I didn't see it in context, and because I tuned in part of the way into first episode, it wasn't until into the third part that I realized this was one of their "ripped from the headlines" things -- Law & Order's version of the O.J. Simpson trial.
It's extremely well done, written by Ed Zuckerman (who I used to play softball with, in a weekly WGA-group of ragtag ballplayers), Rene Balcer, and Gardner Stern. There's a very solid cast, as well, including Lauren Graham, Janine Garofolo and Broadway actor Paul Hecht as the psychiatrist (he was in the original cast of 1776 as John Dickinson, as well as Harnick and Bock's The Rothschilds, and got a Tony nomination for Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.) The three parts are titled "D-Girl," "Turnarounda" and "Showtime."
If you're a regular viewer of Law & Order, and it's unending re-runs, you've no doubt seen this. But if you only check in once in while, or only rarely watched, it's well-worth tuning in, or at least recording, to zip through the commercials at a more convenient time. Without the ads, this only runs about 2:15, which is about like watching a feature-length film -- which in many ways, this is.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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