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Giving 'Law & Order' Audience Plot Line Power

Day to Day TV critic Andrew Wallenstein discusses the dual endings for a recent episode of the police drama Law & Order: Criminal Intent. He advises programs not to leave plot lines in the hands of the audience -- though this clever approach does boost ratings.

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Andrew Wallenstein
Andrew Wallenstein is the television critic for NPR's Day to Day. He is also an editor at The Hollywood Reporter, where he covers television and digital media out of Los Angeles. Wallenstein is also the co-host of the weekly TV Guide Channel series Square Off. His essay on Holocaust films was published in Best Jewish Writing 2003 (Jossey-Bass), and he has also written for The New York Times, The Boston Globe and Business Week. He has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University.