In a recent announcement by NBC, it was revealed that Dick Wolf's TV franchises are continuing their reign. Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (SVU), and Law & Order: Organized Crime have all been renewed for their 23rd, 25th, and fourth seasons respectively. Additionally, Wolf's One Chicago series, including Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago P.D., will be returning for the upcoming 2023-2024 TV season.
Dick Wolf, who serves as the executive producer for all six shows, expressed his pleasure at the news. He praised the incredible casts, producers, and writers of the shows and thanked the loyal fans who have kept the NBC shows on the air for a cumulative total of 84 seasons.
The renewal comes after a major crossover event in September involving all three Law & Order shows, where detectives from each series worked together on a case for the first time in the franchise's history. Law & Order originally premiered in 1990 and ran for 20 seasons before going on an 11-year hiatus. The show returned in 2021 with Sam Waterston leading a new team at the New York District Attorney's office.
Mariska Hargitay has been a mainstay on SVU since its premiere in 1999, while Christopher Meloni returned as Elliot Stabler in Law & Order: Organized Crime in 2021. The dynamic between their characters, Benson and Stabler, has captivated fans for years, and a recent episode teased a potential romantic moment between them.
The interconnected world of One Chicago, which includes Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., and Chicago Med, has also garnered a dedicated fan base. The Wednesday night lineup has made NBC the leading network in entertainment programming. Furthermore, Jesse Spencer, an original cast member who departed Chicago Fire after ten seasons, made a return to the series in April 2023, while Taylor Kinney took a leave of absence.
Fans can look forward to more thrilling episodes as Law & Order and One Chicago continue to captivate audiences with their compelling storylines.