Law & Order: Organized Crime will feature three-episode arcs with different villains.
The franchise’s creator Dick Wolf spoke with TV Line and teased what’s to come in the show’s second season. The season will feature a total of 24 episodes with three different arcs, themes, and villains.
“The first third of the season is The Godfather. The second third is American Gangster. And the last third is Scarface,” Wolf said. “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.”
Unfortunately, fans will only see Richard Wheatley (played by Dylan McDermott) for eight episodes. He was a series regular last season and will become a recurring guest star for the second season.
Law & Order: Organized Crime showrunner Ilene Chaiken told the outlet that there’s a lot of action to come. He explained that the show is serialized, unlike previous Law & Order spinoffs.
“There will be some mostly character elements, but also some threads that carry over, but we won’t be exclusively telling the Richard Wheatley story in a new season. There will be a new main adversary for Stabler and Bell, should there be a second season,” he teased.
‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Season 2 Details
Chaiken confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that there will be more Law & Order: Organized Crime and SVU crossovers in the future. The two spinoffs will be filming and airing at the same time.
“We’re now part of an entire night of Law & Order,” he explained. “It offers us a lot of opportunities to intersect our stories. There’s no set number, no formula for it. And yes, I learned a lot about the complexities of doing a crossover and doing them successfully.”
Law & Order: Organized Crime will premiere on September 23 at 10 PM ET on NBC. Preceding the show will be a special two-hour season premiere of Law & Order: SVU. The following week, Organized Crime will premiere two new episodes beginning at 9 PM ET.
The main cast including characters Stabler, Jet “Sloot” Slootmaekers, Wheatley, Sergeant Ayanna Bell, Freddie Washburn, and Richard Wheatley Jr., will all be returning. It is unknown if Stabler’s daughter Kathleen or Wheatley’s wife Angela will be returning.