Dick Wolf’s (FBI) Law & Order series will return to NBC, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The 1990 drama launched a multimillion dollar franchise with the releases of spinoffs, such as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Organized Crime, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order True Crime, and Law & Order: LA.
“There are very few things in life that are literally dreams come true,” Wolf said. “This is mine,” via The Hollywood Reporter. Wolf remains attributed as Law & Order‘s creator and executive producer. Official news of the show’s return comes more than six years after NBC initially considered the idea of bringing back the show, especially in recent months, with the renewal of Organized Crime and the longest-running primetime live-action show in American television history, SVU. When Law & Order was cancelled in 2010, it was just one season away from breaking Gunsmoke’s 20-season record as television’s longest-running primetime drama series. Wolf ultimately ended up breaking the record years later with 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,” Susan Rovner, chairman of entertainment content at NBCUniversal Television and Streaming said. “This is great news for NBC as well as TV fans everywhere,” via The Hollywood Reporter.
During its decades-long run, Law & Order was nominated for more than 50 Emmys and received the best drama series trophy in 1997. With this revival, Wolf now has three Chicago shows and three Law & Order shows on NBC. Meanwhile, Wolf executive produces three FBI shows on CBS. An episode count has not yet been determined for the upcoming season of Law & Order, and it is still unclear which cast members will revive their roles in season 21.