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Finding a Slot for ‘Lost and Found’

December 18, 2008 2:11 PM

NBC's recent move to ditch 10 p.m. dramas for Jay Leno has predictably sent some producers reaching for the Xanax. After all, it just got about 25 percent harder to land a new hour on the Peacock network.

That said, NBC officials insist that they're not giving up on sophisticated dramas, even if it means airing them at 9 p.m. In fact, shortly after the press conference announcing Mr. Leno's new show, NBC Entertainment Co-chairman Ben Silverman went out of his way to highlight two projects he's particularly optimistic about—a cop show from "ER" creator John Wells and a new cold case crime drama from "Law & Order" guru Dick Wolf.

Indeed, Mr. Wolf's latest project—dubbed "Lost and Found"—seems to be picking up some steam as it prepares to begin shooting. A recent table read is said to have gone "very well," according to one production insider.

The mood may have been helped by the ratings for the Dec. 3 episode of "Law & Order," which were the best for the show in more than a year. That episode featured a guest starring appearance by Katee Sackhoff, the "Battlestar Galactica" regular who also happens to be the lead in Mr. Wolf's new show.

—Josef Adalian

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