Law and Order gets renewed for season 21 on NBC

Law and Order is back. After a sudden and shocking cancellation in 2010, NBC has decided to revive the crime series for another season. According to Deadline, the reboot will be helmed by creator Dick Wolf and writer/showrunner Rick Eid, who served as an executive producer on Law and Order in 2005.

Law and Order will reportedly pick up where it left off with season 21. The format will stay the same, with its emphasis on “the police who investigate crime and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders”, though it’s unclear which cast members will return. The outlet lists Sam Waterston as a top priority, with other cast negotiations said to be underway shortly.

Law and Order will return for a record-breaking season 21

The renewal also serves as vindication for Law and Order, given the unceremonious way things ended in 2010. The series was on the cusp of breaking the record for the longest-running drama ever when renewal negotiations fell through with NBC. The plug was pulled, and Dick Wolf was unable to give the series a proper finale. Now, over a decade later, Law and Order will get to take its rightful place in the record books.

The television landscape has changed drastically since Law and Order was on the air, so it’ll be interesting to see how the series acclimates. In addition to the spinoff Law and Order: SVU, which is currently in its 23rd season, Law and Order will be playing in the One Chicago universe that fans have come to know and love. This could make for thrilling crossover possibilities, given that Chicago PD has crossed over with SVU on several occasions.

Law and Order could potentially crossover with One Chicago

The shared universe does raise questions for the Law and Order actors who are currently part of the One Chicago and FBI franchises. S. Epatha Merkerson stars as Goodwin on Chicago Med while Alana de La Garza plays Isobel Castille on FBI. It’ll be interesting to see how Wolf Entertainment works around these overlapping performers, especially with the potential for crossovers on the table.

All things considered, though, it’s a wonderful problem to have.