Thirty years into his tenure at Universal Television, Dick Wolf continues to be the studio’s top drama producer. And now Wolf, who accomplished the rare feat of creating two hugely successful drama franchises — Law & Order and Chicago — is extending his stay with a new blockbuster deal. The five-year pact with NBCUniversal, which will keep Wolf at the company through 2020, came after months of negotiations.
After lengthy negotiations, NBC has closed a deal with producer Dick Wolf for a 16th episode of veteran crime drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Star Mariska Hargitay is expected to return.
Of Dick Wolf‘s five Law & Order series, only one — first spinoff Law & Order: Special Victims Unit — is still on the air. But its renewal is being complicated by financial issues. Now in its 15th season, Law & Order: SVU is the longest-running drama series currently on TV.
Two of Law & Order: SVU‘s most popular ADAs — Stephanie March and Diane Neal — are headed back to the show this fall. An SVU representative confirms that the pair will return for “an undetermined number of episodes” during SVU’s upcoming 13th season.
CSI star Laurence Fishburne, thought to be a victim of the show’s softening ratings and growing expenses, joins a starry list that includes Charlie Sheen, Lisa Edelstein and Christopher Meloni.