Producer identifies his show's faults
Ask "Law & amp; Order" czar Dick Wolf to name his favorite episode, and he'll tell you that's like asking him to name his favorite child. Ask him to name his least favorite, and he won't even hesitate.
His answer will probably surprise devout fans of the show. It's episode 324, in which the troubled daughter of Detective Lenny Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) is murdered by a drug dealer. Don't try to tell Wolf that it was poignant, or that the memory of it added resonance to dozens of scenes Orbach played thereafter. He likes to keep the characters' personal lives out of the show as much as possible.
"Every time on these shows -- which are procedurals -- that you go home with somebody, you're off story," Wolf said in Hollywood recently. "And it's distracting.
"Look, this is not a put-down of my own show, but that episode sort of exemplified to me the dangers of going down that road. I don't know what the statistics are, but believe me, there are not many detectives whose children are murdered by drug dealers. It's just outside the realm of logical possibility to me."