October 1, 2009 - “Law & Order” celebrated a very special milestone as it returned to NBC for its 20th season; it is now tied with “Gunsmoke” as the longest running primetime drama on TV.
To recognize this achievement, New York City Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting Commissioner Katherine Oliver delivered a proclamation on behalf of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg declaring Wednesday, September 23 as “Law & Order Day.”
The proclamation read, in part: “The longest-running crime series and one of the longest-running shows in television history, ‘Law & Order’ has garnered numerous awards (including an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series) and given birth to two successful spin-offs. A ‘Made in NY’ production that is filmed on location throughout the five boroughs, ‘Law & Order’ gave our city a starring role in the series from the beginning.
“As both the setting and shooting location for ‘Law & Order,’ New York City has benefited tremendously from the show’s success over the past two decades... As the show celebrates its twentieth year on the air, all New Yorkers can join together in applauding its tremendous accomplishments and wishing it even greater success in the years ahead.”
Dick Wolf, executive producer and creator, was on hand to receive the proclamation along with members of the cast and crew. Current cast members Sam Waterston, S. Epatha Merkerson, Anthony Anderson, Jeremy Sisto, Linus Roache, and Alana De La Garza were joined by a number of “Law & Order” alumni, including Jesse L. Martin, Benjamin Bratt, Jill Hennessy, Dann Florek, and Carey Lowell, to take part in cake cutting ceremony.
“Law & Order” airs on NBC on Fridays at 8pm.