Good news for Law & Order OC fans. You’ll get another season Christopher Meloni, Dylan McDermott and all those tantalizing tales of organized crime.
The show has only been on TV for a hot minute. OK, make that six weeks. NBC officially renewed it Friday when the network unveiled its fall schedule. And it’ll be Law & Order Thursdays all fall, with SVU, OC and a new spinoff, For the Defense.
NBC didn’t make a decision about several bubble shows when the network revealed its new schedule. Dramas like Manifest and Debris weren’t included. Neither were the shows Good Girls and Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.
“We’re not going to make our decisions yet on those shows; some are still airing,” NBCU’s Susan Rovner told reporters. “We want to give them the opportunity to finish airing before we make those decisions. We don’t have exact timing yet.”
Those shows also could find themselves on NBC’s six cable channels or on Peacock, its streaming platform.
“Everything will be discussed. That’s the benefit of new structure,” Rovner said. “Those convos can now happen as we look at the best options for the show.”
Law & Order: OC Is All About Elliot Stabler’s Fight Against Organized Crime
But Law & Order Organized Crime was very safe. Meloni plays Elliot Stabler, who had been a mainstay on SVU as Olivia Benson’s partner. He was on SVU for 12 seasons. His new show got its premiere during a crossover with SVU earlier this spring. SVU is in its 22nd season. On the show, writers had him retiring after the 12th SVU season. Stabler would need to go through a psychological test and anger management to stay on the force.
But now, he’s starring in Law & Order OC and leading an organized crime task force. In the soft pilot, Stabler’s wife is killed in a car bombing, which was meant for Stabler. He joins the task force to find the killer. McDermott, the crime boss, is the likely suspect. Danielle Moné Truitt is Stabler’s Law & Order partner.
Dick Wolf, the creator of the Law & Order franchise, told reporters earlier this week that season two probably will be divided into three parts of eight episodes each.
“The first third of the season is The Godfather,” Wolf said. “The second third is American Gangster. And the last third is Scarface. And these villains are going to be really bad guys that give [Stabler] a constant source of energy, outrage, belief in justice and a different way of pursuing criminals than we’ve had before.”