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post #301 of 336
From the "Hot Off The Press" Thread (top of 'HDTV Programming' page). frown.gif

TV Notes
Richard Belzer Bows Out of ‘Law & Order: SVU’
By Variety.com Staff - Oct. 10, 2013

After 230-plus episodes, Richard Belzer is bowing out as a series regular of “Law & Order: SVU” as of next week.

Belzer’s well-traveled character, Sgt. John Munch, a detective in the NYPD’s special victims unit, will transition to a role as an investigator with the District Attorney’s office in the Oct. 16 episode of “SVU.”

The gangly actor has become synonymous with the quirky gumshoe who began as a character created by Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson for NBC’s “Homicide: Life on the Street” in 1993. After “Homicide” wrapped its run at the end of the 1998-99 season, the character immediately segued to “SVU” in its first season. The character had already done guest shots on “Law & Order” in 1996 and 1997.

Belzer has also done guest shots as Munch on a range of other shows, from comedies “3rd Rock from the Sun,” “Arrested Development” and “30 Rock” to HBO’s “The Wire” and UPN’s “The Beat.”

The actor could not immediately be reached for comment on the change in his status on “SVU.”

http://variety.com/2013/tv/news/richard-belzer-svu-1200712263/
post #302 of 336
That's crazy. I always liked Munch

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post #303 of 336
Richard Belzer's "good bye special" only focused on him for like 5 minutes! I thought there would be a lot more to it. I guess the retirement party was all
post #304 of 336
That is how retirement usually is. A tip of the hat and a shove out the door. Business as usual for the remainders.
post #305 of 336
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That is how retirement usually is. A tip of the hat and a shove out the door. Business as usual for the remainders.
Maybe that's the way it is where you work/worked. My company values its retirees and has two parties per year for them, includes retirees in focus groups, has "silver chip" awards for community service, and I could go on and on. We try to make our retired employees feel they are truly always going to be a part of our organization. We do NOT shove them out the door and forget them. We are also one of the few companies which still offer a company pension plan AND a 401(k).
post #306 of 336
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Richard Belzer's "good bye special" only focused on him for like 5 minutes! I thought there would be a lot more to it. I guess the retirement party was all
Munch's character was certainly a long time presence but he rarely had any significant screen time. Considering that, the retirement party scene was pretty lengthy.

They've written much more elaborate stories even regarding the personal lives of Fin and even the "newcomers" Amaro and Rollins who have taken central roles with Liv.

Couldn't have expected too much more of Munch's farewell.
post #307 of 336
Well that's too bad. As a longtime SVU watcher, it's kind of sad to see the old characters go. Granted, I haven't watched any episodes from this season yet, but I'm sure I will catch up on Hulu at some point.
post #308 of 336
Loved this week's episode titled "October Surprise." I like how it focused on ADA Rafael Barba. He's a good actor smile.gif
post #309 of 336
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Loved this week's episode titled "October Surprise." I like how it focused on ADA Rafael Barba. He's a good actor smile.gif

I loved it too. Raúl Esparza, who plays ADA Barba, is a first class actor. He can sing too. I have the BD of the Broadway revival of Company, in which Esparza starred and received a Tony Nomination. He was out of this world in it, too.
post #310 of 336
Excellent episode. Carlos Danger has nothing on Enrique Trouble. biggrin.gif

I agree with the above that Raúl Esparza is quite the talent. He's a fantastic actor with a great screen presence.

I got a laugh from seeing Ron Kuby at the end.
post #311 of 336
From the "Hot Off The Press" Thread (top of 'HDTV Programming' page). frown.gif

TV Notes
‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Dann Florek Exits Show
By Tim Kenneally, TheWrap.com - Dec. 10, 2013

Captain Cragen has hung up his badge.

Dann Florek, who’s played Cragen on the NBC procedural since 1999, announced via Twitter that he’s departed the series.

The actor added that he received a “sweet send off” on Friday, his last day.

“Friday was the last day 4 Cragen/Florek,” he tweeted. “It was a sweet send off! But he’ll live on in syndication land 4 evah!”

“SVU” showrunner Warren Leight tweeted a photo from the set, writing, “Saluting the Captain at the close of his 401st episode — all respect to @dannflorek.”

Florek’s final episode is expected to air in January. October saw the departure of Richard Belzer, who played Sgt. John Munch on the series.

http://www.thewrap.com/law-order-svu-dann-florek-nbc/
post #312 of 336
Awww. I really enjoyed him in this series. He'll be missed for sure.

Thanks for the update, dad.
post #313 of 336
Dann Florek has had a nice run of success, first on LA Law, then Law & Order, and now on Law & Order SVU. He will indeed be missed.
post #314 of 336
ok, so who is going to be the new captain?
post #315 of 336
The nut case that was in Law & Order Criminal Intent. It's the desk job after the nut house. What is his name, Bobby, Detective Robert Goren played by Vincent D'Onofrio, or how about Detective Mike Logan played by Chris Noth. I think the show has so much history, the whole L&A franchise some one from the past would work out great, we know them already.
Edited by Phil17108 - 12/18/13 at 6:53am
post #316 of 336
I always wondered when a long tenured actor leaves a series in the middle of a season if he "was pushed", or elected to leave?? IE Dann Florek, and Richard Belzer... I think a few episodes ago Florek said he was leaving shortly to Liv. I nominate Andy Sipowicz from NYPD Blue to replace him....
post #317 of 336
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I always wondered when a long tenured actor leaves a series in the middle of a season if he "was pushed", or elected to leave?? IE Dann Florek, and Richard Belzer... I think a few episodes ago Florek said he was leaving shortly to Liv. I nominate Andy Sipowicz from NYPD Blue to replace him....
Dennis Franz has been "retired" since NYPD Blue went off the air. He is six years older than Dann Florek.
post #318 of 336
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Dennis Franz has been "retired" since NYPD Blue went off the air. He is six years older than Dann Florek.

I am with you Sip was good in that old show, but a Law and Order franchise does not fit. What is a beat cop in a suite won't work in an environment that calls for an executive. I for one thinks he is better off fishing let keep it that way.
post #319 of 336
Episode titled "Psycho/Therapist" was good. Him being charge with 2 of the 4 counts was a good thing. The final ending! He might escape the situation eek.gif

That guy is a great actor. Him defending himself was fantastic. Though, his character is so despicable.
post #320 of 336
It was a very well acted episode and the convictions given were quite believable, with the negative being that we will have to deal with the pretensions of the expected prison escape.

As convincingly menacing as the character is, I'm ready for him to be killed off. At least his inevitable death likely won't happen on the courthouse steps. smile.gif
post #321 of 336
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Originally Posted by Young C View Post

Episode titled "Psycho/Therapist" was good. Him being charge with 2 of the 4 counts was a good thing. The final ending! He might escape the situation eek.gif

That guy is a great actor. Him defending himself was fantastic. Though, his character is so despicable.

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It was a very well acted episode and the convictions given were quite believable, with the negative being that we will have to deal with the pretensions of the expected prison escape.

As convincingly menacing as the character is, I'm ready for him to be killed off. At least his inevitable death likely won't happen on the courthouse steps. smile.gif
It was a very good episode, but I also hoped that would be the end of Pablo Schreiber's character, the excruciatingly evil Richard Lewis. Obviously, Lewis will escape and, assuming he kills the nurse/aide pushing the gurney, will be exposed for the scum he is. I do hope it will be someone other than Olivia who takes him out for good. She has a lot of healing to do.

By the way, did anybody other than me think it odd that his burned-off fingerprints were never brought up at trial?
post #322 of 336
I thought it looked like the nurse was helping him to escape.
post #323 of 336
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Maybe Olivia takes over the captain's job?
Looks like that's going to be it, temporarily. (Now that she's sergeant).

Cragen made his exit last night, so now all of L&O world's original players (George Dzunda, Chris Noth, Dann Florek, Michael Moriarity, Richard Brooks, Stephen Hill) have now exited.
post #324 of 336
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Looks like that's going to be it, temporarily. (Now that she's sergeant).

Cragen made his exit last night, so now all of L&O world's original players (George Dzunda, Chris Noth, Dann Florek, Michael Moriarity, Richard Brooks, Stephen Hill) have now exited.
Despite some forum members' negative views, the L&O franchise has had a great run. I still watch SVU, either live or on DVR. And, I've enjoyed Dann Florek's work since he was on several episodes of LA Law. Like Detective Munch, Captain Cragen will be missed.
post #325 of 336
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Despite some forum members' negative views, the L&O franchise has had a great run. I still watch SVU, either live or on DVR. And, I've enjoyed Dann Florek's work since he was on several episodes of LA Law. Like Detective Munch, Captain Cragen will be missed.
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Originally Posted by humdinger70 View Post

Looks like that's going to be it, temporarily. (Now that she's sergeant).

Cragen made his exit last night, so now all of L&O world's original players (George Dzunda, Chris Noth, Dann Florek, Michael Moriarity, Richard Brooks, Stephen Hill) have now exited.

Just like a real life PD, they get old and retire or quite. I can see Chris Noth returning to L&O franchise as the new SVU boss.
post #326 of 336
Chris Noth, governor on one show, SVU boss on another... smile.gif
post #327 of 336
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Chris Noth, governor on one show, SVU boss on another... smile.gif
Robert John Burke, who plays IAB boss Tucker, was evil HR cop Simmons on POI. It can be done.

FYI, I think Chris is done with the L&O Universe.
post #328 of 336
The governor ends up in the can again. Heck I think it can be done until the good wife gets in the wind, then Noth can be a full time cop, or how about they move to NY and then Noth reads a want add and gets the job, then dumps the good wife and get set up with a striper form downtown, thats an undercover Texas ranger working with Castle and Beckett, then Holmes and Watson come on board with Danny Reagan as his sister is taking over the SUV unit and starts dating Noth. I think Noth is able to juggle 2 women at a time. 2 hours twice a week until the explosion on the season final. Now thats a new york kinda show.biggrin.gif
post #329 of 336
Adam Baldwin?
post #330 of 336
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Chris Noth, governor on one show, SVU boss on another... smile.gif

Damn right, partner, Mr. Big can do anything. smile.gif

In his Harry Bosch books Michael Connelly has called the kind of political and bureaucratic misery that can ensnare a cop, "high jingo." In this weeks show, Nick Amaro had first hand experience learning what high jingo is about. It was fun to see the special prosecutor overplay his hand and end up with egg all over his face. Elizabeth Marvel, who played Amaro's lawyer, is one of my favorite character actors. She elevates everything she is in. I shake my head when I think about how many virtually unknown but immensely talented New York actors there are out there.
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