Is the original Law & Order about to make a comeback?
NBC is reportedly considering reviving the iconic series, which lasted 20 seasons between 1990 and 2010, as a 10 episode limited series – following in the footsteps of NBC’s Heroes: Reborn, Fox’s 24: Live Another Day and the proposed X-Files revival.
According to Deadline, the proposed Law & Order limited series is not in “active development” but has been discussed off and on by the network’s execs over the past few years. The revival would feature previous and original cast members such as Chris Noth, Sam Waterston and S. Epatha Merkeson.
Law & Order, which made Dick Wolf a household name, was unexpectedly cancelled in 2010, just as the series was set to break Gunsmoke’s record as the longest running scripted prime-time drama series on broadcast television. At the time, Dick Wolf attempted to shop the Universal Television produced series to cable networks in the hopes of securing a 21st season, but those attempts fell short.
The revival would further extend NBC’s relationship with Wolf, who has worked with the network and their sister studio for more than two decades. In addition to the Law & Order universe, he is also behind Chicago Fire and Chicago PD, and is prepping a third Chicago series set in a hospital.
Across its twenty seasons Law & Order frequently changed its cast and spawned numerous spin-offs including Law & Order Special Victims Unit, which was just renewed for a seventeenth season. Other entries in the Law & Order universe include Conviction, Trial By Jury, Criminal Intent and the short-lived Deadline.