Following speculation yesterday, NBC has now officially pulled the plug on Law & Order just shy of its record-breaking 21st season. The series finale will air in the US on May 24 (the same day as 24 and a day after Lost).
NBC Chairman Jeff Gaspin said, “The full measure of the collective contributions made by Dick Wolf and his Law & Order franchise over the last two decades to the success of NBC and Universal Media Studios cannot be overstated.
“The legacy of his original Law & Order series will continue to make an impact like no other series before.”
Reports yesterday had hinted that NBC’s earlier statement it would continue were initially made to grant the show its 21st season but costings with Dick Wolf Productions could not be agreed upon.
Wolf’s only comment on the matter was the cryptic statement: “Never complain. Never explain.”
Sources say NBC and Wolf plan to meet to discuss possible “closure opportunities” for the show, possibly having current cast members join Law and Order: Los Angeles spinoff, or even having a two-hour wrap-up movie.
Law and Order will now tie with Gunsmoke for the US drama record of 20 seasons.
In brighter news, Law and Order: SVU has been renewed and confirmed Law and Order: Los Angeles which had been reported by media some time ago.