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(Huffington Post)   Richard Belzer pens his goodbye to Detective John Munch. Christmas at the precinct won't be the same without hearing him answer the phone with "Ho-ho-ho-homicide"   (huffingtonpost.com ) divider line
    More: Sad, R&B, Detective John Munch, Madness, Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Barry Levinson, humans, Gilbert and Sullivan  
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2013-10-17 11:55:28 AM  
If only there was some way to work Mulder, Scully and Bolander into the episode.
 
2013-10-17 11:55:54 AM  
Is he going to go back to stand-up now?
 
2013-10-17 11:59:14 AM  

TheShavingofOccam123: Is he going to go back to stand-up now?


In an earlier thread, someone else was floating the rumor he had Parkinson's.  This time last year he was going strong and had no signs of quitting.  I continue to hope that rumor is bullshiat and him on the circuit would be cool, but I'm worried.
 
2013-10-17 12:03:04 PM  
It was his second career, essentially. 21 years at a job is almost unheard of in this era of downsizing and temporary layoffs that become permanent, and simply unheard of in acting because after a few years most actors fester like a boil until someone has to take scalpel to them and drain the puss.
 
2013-10-17 12:06:55 PM  

Flappyhead: If only there was some way to work Mulder, Scully and Bolander into the episode.


Perhaps in a sequel to "Orgasmo".
 
2013-10-17 12:11:50 PM  
I find it shocking that on a cop show that a character is allowed to retire and live out the rest of his days.  It is unheard of.  Just like in real life, police officers never retire. Every cop will eventually get shot or become a criminal and go to prison.  Real cops never get a chance to retire.
 
2013-10-17 12:13:09 PM  
had no idea about this - definitely checking this out later.
 
2013-10-17 12:13:53 PM  

wildcardjack: temporary layoffs


Good times.
 
2013-10-17 12:16:07 PM  
I liked his character, but no one will ever compare to Jerry Orbach.
 
2013-10-17 12:16:34 PM  

Tricky Chicken: I find it shocking that on a cop show that a character is allowed to retire and live out the rest of his days.  It is unheard of.  Just like in real life, police officers never retire. Every cop will eventually get shot or become a criminal and go to prison.  Real cops never get a chance to retire.



I know what you mean -- I can't imagine any cop would ever retire in his 40s and collect a full pension and a paycheck from a safe, cushy 'security' gig. No one would do that.
 
2013-10-17 12:20:39 PM  
Ok, I don't watch TV.. so I am not familiar with the character of which he plays... but I DO know who he is.. so reading the headline gave me the impression he had died IRL.. glad I was wrong..
 
2013-10-17 12:21:21 PM  
I still find SVU good. Amaro has fully grown on me.. He's no Stabler but he filled the shoes decently..  Rollins is awful, I can't tell if it's her character or shiatty acting but anything involving her is a crap shoot if it doesn't make you cringe a little.  Ice-T is still good.

The problem is the writing is slipping a bit.. Last nights episode was a perfect example of dumb writing.. They had to comb the neighborhood to see if anyone saw anything at some rave party.. They just happened to find an old lady who lives on her porch overlooking where the party was and took DSLR quality photographs of it all because she was documenting it for the police. (loud parties).
 
2013-10-17 12:21:47 PM  
Isn't he the guy who got uppity and demanded Hulk Hogan give him a sleeper hold on live TV, then sued him when he hit hit head?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7n_SHrK408
 
2013-10-17 12:23:46 PM  
Time for the Det. Munch spinoff.

Bonus: most shows to be spun off from.
 
2013-10-17 12:27:24 PM  

phaseolus: Tricky Chicken: I find it shocking that on a cop show that a character is allowed to retire and live out the rest of his days.  It is unheard of.  Just like in real life, police officers never retire. Every cop will eventually get shot or become a criminal and go to prison.  Real cops never get a chance to retire.


I know what you mean -- I can't imagine any cop would ever retire in his 40s and collect a full pension and a paycheck from a safe, cushy 'security' gig. No one would do that.


I thought they all dreamt of owning a bar.
 
2013-10-17 12:27:57 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: wildcardjack: temporary layoffs

Good times.


WINNAR!
 
2013-10-17 12:30:16 PM  

OtherLittleGuy: Time for the Det. Munch spinoff.

Bonus: most shows to be spun off from.


shiat, I'd love to see Homicide come back.  Especially with Munch and Frank.
 
2013-10-17 12:32:44 PM  
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2013-10-17 12:43:04 PM  

T.rex: Isn't he the guy who got uppity and demanded Hulk Hogan give him a sleeper hold on live TV, then sued him when he hit hit head?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7n_SHrK408


Yeah, I mean that's one way to look at it, another would be what actually happened: Hogan offered to show him a "real" move, then put him in a sleeper, and then just let him fall unconscious from standing height to ground, which is a great way to accidentally kill someone. Hogan should have been jailed for that.
 
2013-10-17 12:54:36 PM  
The scene where Munch foretells the future in H:LotS was one helluva writing job and delivered smooth as pancake batter.
 
2013-10-17 12:59:12 PM  

Goonie_Goo_Goo: [encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com image 256x197]


close...but I think this is Munch

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2013-10-17 01:07:24 PM  

styckx: I still find SVU good. Amaro has fully grown on me.. He's no Stabler but he filled the shoes decently..  Rollins is awful, I can't tell if it's her character or shiatty acting but anything involving her is a crap shoot if it doesn't make you cringe a little.  Ice-T is still good.

The problem is the writing is slipping a bit.. Last nights episode was a perfect example of dumb writing.. They had to comb the neighborhood to see if anyone saw anything at some rave party.. They just happened to find an old lady who lives on her porch overlooking where the party was and took DSLR quality photographs of it all because she was documenting it for the police. (loud parties).


The writing is slipping... now?  The show jumped the shark ages ago.  But I still watch it because it's L&O.
 
2013-10-17 01:21:13 PM  

OtherLittleGuy: Time for the Det. Munch spinoff.

Bonus: most shows to be spun off from.


There will be. On the show they said Munch was retiring from the NYPD and taking a job as a special investigator for the DA.
 
2013-10-17 01:26:25 PM  

Glitchwerks: I liked his character, but no one will ever compare to Jerry Orbach.


Him with Jerry Orbach in the crossover episodes were awesome.
 
2013-10-17 01:34:28 PM  
KhamanV:
In an earlier thread, someone else was floating the rumor he had Parkinson's.

I heard he was seen checking into St. Eligius Hospital.

/everyone's in there
 
2013-10-17 01:39:01 PM  

deadsanta: T.rex: Isn't he the guy who got uppity and demanded Hulk Hogan give him a sleeper hold on live TV, then sued him when he hit hit head?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7n_SHrK408

Yeah, I mean that's one way to look at it, another would be what actually happened: Hogan offered to show him a "real" move, then put him in a sleeper, and then just let him fall unconscious from standing height to ground, which is a great way to accidentally kill someone. Hogan should have been jailed for that.


fair enough... i see your point... To me, Hulk just seemed more likable in that scenario, so i take his side.  My guess  is that Belzer falling like a rock was unexpected, so at worst, Hulk showed negligence.
 
2013-10-17 01:40:25 PM  
It was a pretty good ending.  At least something bad didn't happened to Munch.  I was expecting Fin to yell, "We need a bus."
 
2013-10-17 01:48:57 PM  
For those of you who don't know this already..  Munch has a damned impressive TV resume:

The character of Munch has appeared in more television series than any other fictional character, appearing in nine series on five networks since the character's debut in 1993. Now, in the character's 21st season on television, he has outlasted Marshall Dillon and Frasier Crane, who were both on for 20 seasons each.

Munch has become the only fictional character, played by a single actor, to appear on ten different television shows.
These shows were on five different networks:
NBC (Homicide: Life on the Street, Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, and 30 Rock);
FOX (The X-Files and Arrested Development);
UPN (The Beat);
HBO (The Wire)
and ABC (Jimmy Kimmel Live!).

Munch has been one of the few television characters to cross genres, appearing not only in crime drama series, but sitcom (Arrested Development), late night comedy (Jimmy Kimmel Live!) and horror and science fiction (The X-Files). He has played a role in international television series, beginning with UK crime drama  where he is mentioned as an American contact for the series' Serious Crime Unit (SCU). Notably Luther stars , the actor who played  in the HBO drama The Wire where Munch previously cameoed.
 
2013-10-17 01:52:05 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: wildcardjack: temporary layoffs

Good times.


Easy credit rip offs.
 
2013-10-17 01:56:21 PM  

SirTanon: For those of you who don't know this already..  Munch has a damned impressive TV resume:

The character of Munch has appeared in more television series than any other fictional character, appearing in nine series on five networks since the character's debut in 1993. Now, in the character's 21st season on television, he has outlasted Marshall Dillon and Frasier Crane, who were both on for 20 seasons each.

Munch has become the only fictional character, played by a single actor, to appear on ten different television shows.
These shows were on five different networks:
NBC (Homicide: Life on the Street, Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, and 30 Rock);
FOX (The X-Files and Arrested Development);
UPN (The Beat);
HBO (The Wire)
and ABC (Jimmy Kimmel Live!).

Munch has been one of the few television characters to cross genres, appearing not only in crime drama series, but sitcom (Arrested Development), late night comedy (Jimmy Kimmel Live!) and horror and science fiction (The X-Files). He has played a role in international television series, beginning with UK crime drama  where he is mentioned as an American contact for the series' Serious Crime Unit (SCU). Notably Luther stars , the actor who played  in the HBO drama The Wire where Munch previously cameoed.


in terms of prolific characters, he is the uber-Munch.
 
2013-10-17 02:00:24 PM  

kolpanic: Jim from Saint Paul: wildcardjack: temporary layoffs

Good times.

Easy credit rip offs.


Good times.
 
2013-10-17 02:04:01 PM  
Saw the episode, underwhelming. He wasn't even the main focus.
 
2013-10-17 02:29:03 PM  

eddievercetti: Saw the episode, underwhelming. He wasn't even the main focus.


Which I think he signed off on and approved of heartily.
 
2013-10-17 03:00:39 PM  

Glitchwerks: I liked his character, but no one will ever compare to Jerry Orbach.


This. I loved Lenny.

I keep holding out hope they'll bring Homicide back, if even just for a mini-series.

I also liked Dennis Farina; he was a former patrolman for Chicago PD for almost 20 years and modeled his role on L&O after a Robbery detective he knew. And you can't beat him as Cousin Avi.

/Viva Jerry and Dennis
 
2013-10-17 03:11:55 PM  

sovietski: I keep holding out hope they'll bring Homicide back, if even just for a mini-series.


It was called "The Wire". You should check it out.

It was awesome.
 
2013-10-17 03:21:15 PM  

sovietski: Glitchwerks: I liked his character, but no one will ever compare to Jerry Orbach.

This. I loved Lenny.

I keep holding out hope they'll bring Homicide back, if even just for a mini-series.

I also liked Dennis Farina; he was a former patrolman for Chicago PD for almost 20 years and modeled his role on L&O after a Robbery detective he knew. And you can't beat him as Cousin Avi.

/Viva Jerry and Dennis


Really I thought the Farina episodes were terrible.
 
2013-10-17 03:24:44 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: sovietski: I keep holding out hope they'll bring Homicide back, if even just for a mini-series.

It was called "The Wire". You should check it out.

It was awesome.


Consider it done.

I never said I liked the episodes Farina was in, I just liked his character.

However, I was not a fan of Jack McCoy. Argh.
 
2013-10-17 03:28:21 PM  

sovietski: Glitchwerks: I liked his character, but no one will ever compare to Jerry Orbach.

This. I loved Lenny.


Lenny and Mike will always be THE L&O pairing for me.
 
2013-10-17 03:30:47 PM  

sovietski: Jim from Saint Paul: sovietski: I keep holding out hope they'll bring Homicide back, if even just for a mini-series.

It was called "The Wire". You should check it out.

It was awesome.

Consider it done.

I never said I liked the episodes Farina was in, I just liked his character.

However, I was not a fan of Jack McCoy. Argh.


To be clear, it's done by the same people, same vein, yet it tells a longer story.

I, like you, loved Homicide. believe you me that this show is the spirtual succesor to Homicide.
 
2013-10-17 03:53:44 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: kolpanic: Jim from Saint Paul: wildcardjack: temporary layoffs

Good times.

Easy credit rip offs.

Good times.


Scratchin' and surviving.
 
2013-10-17 03:55:01 PM  
Jim from Saint Paul:

Fantastic! I may just say fark it and buy season 1 iinstead of roaming netflix or hulu.

Tempted to leave work early...
 
2013-10-17 04:00:07 PM  

sovietski: Jim from Saint Paul:

Fantastic! I may just say fark it and buy season 1 iinstead of roaming netflix or hulu.

Tempted to leave work early...


Yeah, the only place to stream it is "HBO GO". I got mine from Netflix DVD shipping for a while, then just grabbed it from the library after a few seasons.

Enjoy!
 
2013-10-17 04:01:23 PM  
At first I thought it said  Richard Belzer penis goodbye to...
 
2013-10-17 04:02:45 PM  

Milk D: Jim from Saint Paul: kolpanic: Jim from Saint Paul: wildcardjack: temporary layoffs

Good times.

Easy credit rip offs.

Good times.

Scratchin' and surviving.


Good Times.
 
2013-10-17 04:12:33 PM  

Satanic_Hamster: OtherLittleGuy: Time for the Det. Munch spinoff.

Bonus: most shows to be spun off from.

shiat, I'd love to see Homicide come back.  Especially with Munch and Frank.


If Brooklyn 99 stays on the air long enough, I'm sure Munch will make an appearance as a private dick, considering Pembleton is the CO and the show is set in NYC
 
2013-10-17 04:19:04 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: Milk D: Jim from Saint Paul: kolpanic: Jim from Saint Paul: wildcardjack: temporary layoffs

Good times.

Easy credit rip offs.

Good times.

Scratchin' and surviving.

Good Times.


Hangin' in a chow line
 
2013-10-17 04:29:56 PM  

Surly U. Jest: Jim from Saint Paul: Milk D: Jim from Saint Paul: kolpanic: Jim from Saint Paul: wildcardjack: temporary layoffs

Good times.

Easy credit rip offs.

Good times.

Scratchin' and surviving.

Good Times.

Hangin' in a chow line


Good Times.
 
2013-10-17 04:52:23 PM  
damn damn damn
 
2013-10-17 04:57:24 PM  
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2013-10-17 05:09:18 PM  
Because you asked:


Loved Paul Sorvino on L & O
Hated Fred Thompson
Enjoys it whenever Fran Lebowitz is on the bench
Can deal with Beltzer as long as its a few lines an episode.
Was totally confused by Serena  Southerlyn's  last lines in the series: "Is it because I'm a lesbian".
 
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