‘Law & Order’ Flagship Series Revived 10 Years After Cancellation

by John Jamison

We’re going to have more “Law & Order” than we know what to do with before long. Less than a year after the newest title of the franchise, “Law & Order: Organized Crime,” premiered, NBC announced that it would bring back the series that started it all.

And no. It’s not going to be some reboot that’s vaguely reminiscent of the original. According to a statement the network released, Dick Wolf’s flagship procedural will resume where it abruptly stopped more than ten years ago.

From 1990 to 2010, “Law & Order” won six primetime Emmy Awards and produced over 450 episodes. Now, it looks to get back to that successful tradition with the making of a 21st season.

“‘Law & Order’ is quite simply one of the most iconic shows in television history, and the idea of continuing its legacy and partnering with Dick on an all-new season is nothing short of exhilarating. This is great news for NBC as well as TV fans everywhere,” said Chairman of Entertainment Content at NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, Susan Rover, in a statement, per TV Line.

Fans of the franchise may remember a few months back when it was announced that another new version of the show, “Law & Order: For the Defense,” wouldn’t be moving forward. Well, it looks like we may know why.

There is not yet any news on which the original cast members will return for the revived series, if any. Sam Waterston, who played the iconic Jack McCoy on “Law & Order,” is now more than 80 years old. Based on his IMDb, he looks to have an active acting career. But it’s hard to know what the show will look like when it returns.

NBC Nearly Brought ‘Law & Order’ Back For a Limited Run in 2015

The announcement is sure to have fans everywhere jumping for joy. But this isn’t the first time NBC has entertained the idea of reviving the original series.

According to TV Line, the network planned a 10-episode revival in 2015 before things fell apart. Regardless, things are back on track now. And even though we don’t yet know how many episodes the network has ordered, who will be returning from the original show, or when it will premiere, we know that Dick Wolf can hardly contain himself.

“There are very few things in life that are literally dreams come true. This is mine,” the procedural’s creator said in the statement, per TV Line.

It’s hard to believe, but when the series does return, its highly successful spin-off, “Law & Order: SVU,” will technically be its senior. Of course, “SVU” didn’t come along until nine years after the original. But the Mariska Hargitay-led spin-off is currently in its 23rd season.