NBC cancels long-running 'Law and Order'

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Long-running crime drama "Law & Order" has been cancelled, NBC confirmed Friday, bringing the curtain down on one of the most successful shows in US television history.

A statement released by NBC in Los Angeles said while a spin-off series "Law & Order: Los Angeles" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" would continue, the original "Law & Order" would end later this month.

NBC Universal Television Entertainment chairman Jeff Gaspin paid tribute to "Law & Order" and its creator Dick Wolf.

"The legacy of his original Law & Order' series will continue to make an impact like no other series before," Gaspin said.

Wolf would continue to be closely involved with two "Law & Order" spin-offs, added Angela Bromstad, president of Primetime Entertainment at NBC.

First airing in September 1990, "Law & Order" will end when its 20th season concludes on May 24 after more than 450 episodes.

The show, set in New York city, usually follows police as they attempt to solve crimes before switching to the efforts of the Manhattan District Attorney's office as they attempt to prosecute suspects.