Wolf had already established himself in the entertainment world, working on Miami Vice, Swift Justice, Dragnet and Crime & Punishment among others, before pitching the idea for Law & Order.
However, when the drama premiered, it changed his life, forming a long-lasting partnership with NBC that would eventually lead to spinoffs Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: LA, Law & Order: UK, Law & Order: True Crime and most recently, 2020’s Law & Order: Organized Crime, starring Christopher Meloni as Detective Elliot Stabler.
The flagship show, which ran for 20 seasons before its abrupt cancelation in 2010, had a simple premise: a crime, usually pulled from current headlines, is viewed from two separate viewpoints. Both the police detectives and the prosecutors at the district attorney’s office break down what happened and the consequences.
The idea was a smash among viewers, earning more than 50 Emmy nominations and winning 1997’s Outstanding Drama Series award.
After the show went off the air, many of its stars stayed in the Wolf Entertainment universe, including S. Epatha Merkerson (who played Anita Van Buren), who is currently playing Sharon Goodwin on Chicago Med and pops up on both Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. — all of which exist in the same world as the original Law & Order.
Alana De La Garza (who played A.D.A Connie Rubirosa) and Jeremy Sisto (Detective Cyrus Lupo) are now lead actors on FBI, while OG Law & Order star Dan Florek (Captain Donald Cragen) reprised the role on SVU for 16 seasons before his 2015 exit.
Despite the success of his other series, Wolf felt as though he had some unfinished business with Law & Order, which is why when it was announced in September 2021 that it was coming back for another season, he was very happy.
“There are very few things in life that are literally dreams come true. This is mine,” Wolf said in a statement after NBC revealed it was greenlit.
Chairman of Entertainment Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming Susan Rovner weighed in on the news as well.
“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,” she said in a statement via Deadline. “This is great news for NBC as well as TV fans everywhere.”
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