Eleven and a half years after NBC’s abrupt cancellation Law and order, Denying its chance to make television history, the network is bringing back Dick Wolf’s Emmy-winning series for a new season, its 21st.
NBC has given the green light to a new installment of Law and order, de Wolf and writer-showrunner Rick Eid, who will continue the classic forked format and once again examine “police investigating crime and district prosecutors prosecuting offenders.”
There’s no cast, but the new season is expected to feature beloved characters from the original series, with Sam Waterson’s Jack McCoy reportedly at the top of the wishlist. The producers of Universal Television and Wolf Entertainment are expected to contact the former actor shortly about his return. Some Law and order the stars are currently in the fold of Wolf Entertainment / Uni TV, including S. Epatha Merkerson on Chicago Med and Alana De La Garza on FBI.
Law and order, which launched the biggest procedural franchise on television, was about to break Smoke from weapons’s record as the longest prime-time drama ever made when NBC in May 2010 unceremoniously canceled the series without a proper finale when renewal negotiations collapsed.
While Law and order creator Wolf set new record for longest-running drama series with spinoff Law and order: SVU, Now in his 23rd season, he still felt he had unfinished business with the Mothership series ending like it did.
“There are very few things in life that are literally dreams come true. It’s mine, ”he said of the Season 21 order.
There were rumors of a potential Law and order rebirth in the spring, with feelers sent to several members of the original cast. NBC ended up giving the green light to a new Law and order series instead, legal drama Law & Order: For the Defense. The network and Wolf ultimately chose not to go ahead with the new show, which was slated for fall as part of a Law and order Thursday programming alongside SVU and L&O: The most wanted. Shortly after the announcement in July of For Defensethe cancellation of, the chatter again shifted to a revival of the mothership series.
Wolf commissioned one of his most trusted lieutenants, Eid, to write the new installment and serve as showrunner. Eid, one Law & Order, L&O: SVU and L&O: Jury trial alum, is showrunner on two Wolf series, FBI and Chicago PD
Wolf and Eid are producing the new season with Arthur Forney and Peter Jankowski of Wolf Entertainment.
“Law and order is simply one of the most iconic shows in television history, and the idea of continuing its legacy and partnering with Dick for a whole new season is simply exhilarating, ”said Susan Rovner, President, Entertainment Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, “This is great news for NBC as well as for television fans around the world.”
No premiere date for the new season has been set, and it’s unclear whether the show will be ready for mid-season. The series, produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Wolf Entertainment, would likely be placed alongside SVU and Most Wanted for a Law and order Thursday’s programming to accompany Wolf’s FBI Tuesday on CBS and One Chicago Wednesday on NBC.
“The return of the flagship Law and order series for a pivotal 21st season is a moment of pride for Dick and a moment of pride for us, his studio partners, ”said Pearlena Igbokwe, President of Universal Studio Group.
The original series was nominated for over 50 Emmy Awards and won in 1997 for Outstanding Drama Series.