The Next Friday

Law & Order tycoon Dick Wolf expands his thriving cop-show empire with a new Dragnet

In their hearts, many TV producers probably fancy themselves Andy Warhols: pop artists who make the stuff of mass culture and commerce into art, as Warhol did with the Campbell's soup can. Dick Wolf thinks of himself as the Campbell Soup Co. The man who runs the Law & Order empire--on which, thanks to spin-offs and cable repeats, the sun never sets--had a first career in advertising, writing copy for the likes of Crest toothpaste. So it is without irony that he often compares his cop shows to the red-and-white can. "If you like soup, and you see the brand," he...

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