‘Law & Order’: When Could the Series Air?

by Josh Lanier

More news continues to trickle out about the reboot of Law & Order. NBC abruptly canceled the series in 2015, and since then fans have hoped they’d get a chance to revisit the popular police procedural. They won’t have to wait long.

The network announced that the series would return on Feb. 24, 2022. It will run alongside series spinoffs Law & Order: SVU and Organized Crime on Thursdays to create a three-out block. The original series will kick off the primetime slot at 8 p.m. EST.

And fans can expect to see some familiar faces when the show returns next year.

Anthony Anderson recently announced that he would reprise his role as Detective Kevin Bernard for the reboot. He appeared in the final three seasons of the series. Deadline reported that Jeffrey Donovan, star of Burn Notice, will join him as a series lead. Hugh Dancy from Hannibal is also slated to star in the series.

The biggest question mark for the show, though, is Sam Waterston. He drove Law & Order for 16 seasons as fiery district attorney Jack McCoy. NBC said it wants him to return to the role, and he has said before that he would consider returning. But so far, there is no news about his possible return.

Dick Wolf Says ‘Law & Order’ Reboot Will Stick to His Formula

Creator Dick Wolf sees Law & Order as television comfort food. Fans know what to expect from the series, and he is going to give that to them. The season 21 premiere in February will look and feel like the 454 episodes that came before it.

“We always approach storytelling the same way: Good writing, acting, and production values, and give the viewers what they want,” he told Variety last month. “That’s been our mantra from day one.”

The reboot will feature three New York police officers and three D.A.s like the other series in the franchise.

That consistency built his empire. It’s Wolf’s way of managing the uncertainty of television productions. If viewers know what they’ll get from a series, they’re more likely to tune in week after week. He uses the same approach with his NBC shows such as Chicago Fire, Law & Order: SVU, and FBI: Most Wanted on CBS.

“What stands out is the predictable nature of getting viewers what they want,” Wolf said. “The last three seasons of the Wednesday Chicago stack and now the Tuesday FBIs and Thursday Law & Orders prove that traditional television viewers will binge on the comfort food of our brands.”

It also allows for crossovers. Shows with similar philosophies that share the same universe can interchange the players. It’s why detective Elliot Stabler can visit his old partner from SVU during an episode of Law & Order: Organized Crime. Fans can expect to see more crossover episodes when the flagship series returns next year.