Law & Order True Crime season 2, if renewed, could be about Oklahoma City bombing

Oklahoma City bombingWhile a possible Law & Order True Crime season 2 is far from a sure thing at the moment over at NBC, there are already some ideas being tossed around. What’s one of them? Doing a collection of episodes revolving around the horrific Oklahoma City bombing. It’s a touchy subject matter to tell within a scripted TV show, but that’s the fabric of this show: Touching on difficult topics.

In speaking on this subject recently to The Hollywood Reporter, showrunner Rene Balcer had the following to say about his plans for the future:

“Just before the [Television Critics Association summer press tour], I had mentioned to him [executive producer Dick Wolf] the Tim McVeigh case, and his eyes lit up. Because Dick and I were together, we were in the same office when the bomb went off in Oklahoma.

I think that would be an incredible case, especially in light of today’s politics. There’s pretty fantastic echoes in the present circumstances of the Oklahoma bombing and what was behind it. That would be a case that would interest me.”

Do we think that this is an intriguing idea for a new season of the show? For the show’s mission statement, sure. Yet, there are some other issues at play here since this would be a story that is in some ways a little more cut and dry.

The thing to remember here is that this is just one producer’s idea, and NBC could end up wanting something else in the event that the show comes back. There’s also no guarantee that the show even will return, judging from the fact that the first season, while okay in the ratings, was not spectacular. While there isn’t as much of a fear of ratings burnout here as with some other shows, at the same time there are some other things worth considering. For one, there’s the fact that you need new sets every time you make a new season of the show and that is a lot more expensive than just ordering another season of the show with much of that already put into place.

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