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NBC Announces Next ‘Law & Order’ Series

Steve Porter / September 10, 2018

In what feels like a timely decision, NBC has announced the next Law & Order spinoff last week. Law & Order: Hate Crimes is set to debut in 2019. It will be the seventh spinoff in the legendary franchise, one of the longest-running shows on television, that ‘s been throwing the bad guys behind bars since 1990.

The network has ordered one season with thirteen episodes by the franchise’s creator, Dick Wolf, and showrunner Warren Leight. Leight currently helms Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and the new series will be introduced as part of an episode of SVU next year in the show’s 20th season.

The show will be based on the real Hate Crimes Task Force of the New York Police Department. Given the significant rise of hate crimes over the past two years, we hope the NYPD has assigned their best to tackle the waves of hatred and bigotry that are washing across our country. Wolf acknowledged this reality: “As with all of my crime shows, I want to depict what’s really going on in our cities and shine a light on the wide-ranging victims and show that justice can prevail,” Wolf said in a statement, “Twenty years ago when SVU began, very few people felt comfortable coming forward and reporting these crimes, but when you bring the stories into people’s living room—with characters as empathetic as Olivia Benson—a real dialogue can begin. That’s what I hope we can do with this new show in a world where hate crimes have reached an egregious level.”

We hope so. Law & Order: Hate Crimes will appear next year.