|NBC just can't get enough law and order. Literally. |
The Peacock is reportedly in talks with producer Dick Wolf and Studios USA for another spinoff from the network's hugely successful Law & Order.
According to studio sources and the Hollywood trades, NBC is negotiating for an initial order of 13 episodes. Details are scant, but it seems the show, tentatively tited Law & Order: Criminal Intent, will break from the traditional Law & Order format (police investigation in first half followed by trial in second half) to focus on the criminal's point of view.
The project is said to be in the works for the 2001-02 season, but the producers are reportedly speeding things up because of the threat of a strike by members of the Writers Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild in the spring.
Wolf and Studios USA have already had one successful spinoff, Law & Order: Special Victim's Unit and the original series is entering its 11th season. In addition, Wolf's Deadline, starring Oliver Platt as an investigative reporter bent on solving unusual crimes, debuts on NBC in the fall.
Whether the new spinoff will air repeats on the USA Network is unclear. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is rebroadcast on USA after airing first on NBC. Deadline, however, will not get a second shot on the cable net.
Wolf, NBC and Studios USA did not comment Wednesday on the idea of a new incarnation of Law & Order. The original Law & Order launched in 1990 and is currently the longest-running drama series on network television. With its recent renewal through the year 2005, the series is on pace to become one of the longest-running dramas in television history.
Law & Order won an Emmy for best drama series in 1997 and has been nominated in that category a record nine consecutive times (it has a shot again at this Sunday's ceremony). Last season, the show ranked 12th in the Nielsen ratings, averaging more than 16 million viewers a week.