|While "Law & Order" gets plenty of media attention, creator Dick Wolf is complaining that it's spin-offs, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" are being ignored by the press.|
"I don't know why 'SVU' and 'Criminal Intent' are not getting written about more," Wolf complained to a roomful of reporters at the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif. "Because all three shows in the last two weeks have been in the Top 20 [in ratings]."
"I don't know how many of you watch the show, but it has become truly extraordinary," he added, speaking of "SVU" in particular.
Wolf mentioned that a number of cops had approached him over the last year about the drama series, which deals with sex crime cases, complimenting the show on how it deals with its subject matter, which has some benefits in the real world.
"Reporting of sexual crimes and crimes against women is up significantly in a lot of major cities and they have been very clear about giving credit to 'SVU,'" Wolf said.
In addition, an episode dealing with New York's five-year statute of limitations for a rapist led to an examination by the state's legislature, according to Wolf.
"I think the show is vastly under-appreciated by many of you and your colleagues in this room," he added. "We're doing God's work on that show."
He also had words for "Criminal Intent's" lack of press, much of which has been devoted to the show's timeslot competitor, ABC's "Alias."
"You look at these two shows; one is a cartoon and one is really, really good television," he said.