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NBC revives the original Law & Order for Season 21

  • NBC has greenlighted a Law & Order revival 11 years after the "mothership" to Dick Wolf's Law & Order franchise was abruptly canceled following a 20-year, 1990-2010 run. “There are very few things in life that are literally dreams come true. This is mine,” said Wolf, who created Law & Order and who continues overseeing his franchise. Rick Eid, an executive producer on Wolf's Chicago P.D. and FBI, will serve as showrunner on what NBC is calling the drama’s 21st season. "There is no cast set but the new season is expected to feature beloved characters from the original series, with Sam Waterson’s Jack McCoy believed to be at the top of the wish list," reports Deadline's Nellie Andreeva. "The producers from Universal Television and Wolf Entertainment are expected to reach out to former cast member shortly about coming back. Some Law & Order stars are currently in the Wolf Entertainment/Uni TV fold, including S. Epatha Merkerson on Chicago Med and Alana De La Garza on FBI." As Andreeva notes, "Law & Order, which launched the biggest procedural franchise on TV, was on the cusp of breaking Gunsmoke’s record as the longest running primetime drama ever when NBC in May 2010 unceremoniously canceled the series without a proper finale when renewal negotiations fell through. While Law & Order creator Wolf got to set a new record for the longest-running drama series with spinoff Law & Order: SVU, now in its 23rd season, he always felt he had unfinished business with the mothership series ending the way it did."

    TOPICS: Law & Order, NBC, Alana De La Garza, Dick Wolf, Rick Eid, Sam Waterston, S. Epatha Merkerson, Revivals