Law & Order revival gets greenlight
Law & Order series has been revived for a 21st season.
US procedural Law & Order series has been revived by NBC for a 21st season, eleven years after it last screened.
“There are very few things in life that are literally dreams come true,” said legendary producer and creator Dick Wolf. “This is mine.”
An episode count has not yet been determined and it’s unclear if the new season will make it to air during the current Fall season. US media is speculating that some former cast members are expected to return (Jerry Orbach, Dennis Farina, Steven Hill, Fred Dalton Thompson are all deceased).
Law & Order originally ran from 1990 to 2010. At the time of its cancellation, it was a season away from breaking Gunsmoke‘s 20-season record as TV’s longest-running primetime drama series. Wolf was reportedly furious the cancellation meant he could not break the record, although he did so later with Law & Order: SVU.
“Law & Order is quite simply one of the most iconic shows in television history, and the idea of continuing its legacy and partnering with Dick on an all-new season is nothing short of exhilarating,” said Susan Rovner, chairman of entertainment content at NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, “This is great news for NBC as well as TV fans everywhere.”
“The return of the flagship Law & Order series for a pivotal 21st season is a proud moment for Dick and a proud moment for us, his studio partners,” said Pearlena Igbokwe, chairman of Universal Studio Group.
Wolf will now have the three Chicago franchise shows and three L&Os on air.
An Australian broadcaster has not been confirmed, but Nine may be the likely destination.
Source: Hollywood Reporter