Law & Order: Organized Crime could still thrive if NBC cancels it

The procedural drama has an alternative if NBC pulls the plug.
LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME -- "Memory Lane" Episode 401 -- Pictured: Christopher Meloni as Det. Elliot Stabler -- (Photo by: Will Hart/NBC)
LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME -- "Memory Lane" Episode 401 -- Pictured: Christopher Meloni as Det. Elliot Stabler -- (Photo by: Will Hart/NBC) /

Law & Order: Organized Crime is going through it right now. it's the only Law & Order show that hasn't been renewed by NBC, and talks over whether it will get a renewal are still being had despite the show nearing the end of its fourth season. Things have gotten so dire, in fact, that alternative ways to keep things going are being considered.

According to Deadline, Law & Order: Organized Crime is considering a move to Peacock for its fifth season. This makes sense, given the arrangement that NBC and Peacock have, and the fact that all the Dick Wolf procedural shows are made available to stream on the latter after they premiere on the former.

Law & Order: OC hasn't been renewed yet

Law & Order: Organized Crime - Season 4
LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME -- "The Last Supper" Episode 404 -- Pictured: (l-r) Allison Siko as Kathleen Stabler, Christopher Meloni as Det. Elliot Stabler, Ellen Burstyn as Bernadette Stabler -- (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC) /

Criminal Minds proved that a shift to Peacock could be effective. The beloved procedural drama moved from NBC to the USA Network in the middle of its run, and managed to keep things going for four more seasons.

NBC's reluctance to renew Organized Crime is strictly numerical. It's the lowest-rated show in the entire Law & Order franchise, according to TV Insider, and it airs last in the network's weekly lineup. Another factor to consider is the constant changing of showrunners. Organized Crime has had more showrunners than actual seasons, which is headache that any network would consider riding itself of.

Deadline also noted that the "discussion" over whether to renew Organized Crime is dependent on the performance of some of NBC's other shows. The network will be testing out the pilots for both Suits: LA and Grosse Pointe Garden Society, and if either of them take off the way they're supposed to, the plug will likely be pulled on the Law & Order spinoff.

Law & Order: OC could move to Peacock

Law & Order: Organized Crime - Season 3
LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME -- "Shadowërk" Episode 321 -- Pictured: (l-r) Christopher Meloni as Detective Elliot Stabler, Brent Antonello as Detective Jamie Whelan -- (Photo by: Will Hart/NBC) /

Christopher Meloni is a TV veteran, and he made a point of voicing his relief that Organized Crime was brought back after the Hollywood strikes. He acknowledged to Parade that a renewal is never guaranteed, but noted that he's appreciative of the time he's had on the show:

"Everyone’s grateful and everyone comes with a good attitude. It takes a little pain for you to understand and appreciate what you have."

It would be disappointing to fans who have gotten used to sitting and watching three consecutive hours of Law & Order, but we can all take solace in the fact that the show will more than likely return, regardless of the platform on which it returns.

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