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Ax Falls on 'Law & Order'

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Panic on the streets of Manhattan: NBC announced this morning that television and New York institution Law & Order has been canceled.

During its 20-year run, the show has employed thousands of actors and others in the television industry from across the five boroughs. 

Actors, go to WNYC's Culture page to tell us how the end of Law & Order will affect you.

The show contributed a whopping $79 million a year to the city's economy, according to the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting, and employed upwards of 4,000 people.

Nonetheless, the legendary bumbum sound will live on. The New York Times reports that Law & Order: Special Victims Unit will continue production for another season, and a new spin-off, Law & Order: Los Angeles, was recently picked up by NBC.

“Whether people have been movie stars or TV stars or soap stars or big-time stars back in the ’50s and ’60s, at some point they come into the Law & Order universe,” actor Jabari Gray told The Wall Street Journal. Gray has appeared in both the original Law & Order series, as well as on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

New York Magazine has more details on how and why the deal between creator Dick Wolf and the network fell through. And as everyone in the world has noted, Law & Order will not get the chance to surpass Gunsmoke as the longest running television show of all time.

The last episode of Law & Order will air on May 24.

In the meantime, here's a retrospective comprised of interviews with the cast.