NBC has renewed “Law & Order: SVU” for an 18th season and picked up the second season of “Chicago Med,” TheWrap has learned.
In addition, Universal Television has renewed its deal with the creator of both shows, Dick Wolf, through 2020. Two other Wolf-created series, “Chicago PD”and “Chicago Fire,” had previously been renewed.
Wolf is also in active development for the latest incarnation of the Chicago franchise, “Chicago Law,” as well as the reality series “Law & Order: You the Jury,” where the audience will decide the binding result of a live court case.
“I’ve been in the same office, with the same phone number, for 30 years. I’m glad people won’t have to learn a new one,” Wolf said. “Staying was really a foregone conclusion. My partnership with Bob has been the best relationship I’ve ever had with the head of a network.”
“He has also assembled a great team of executives at both the network and the studio who make it possible for the Wolf Entertainment team to turn out multiple shows. It is truly a synergistic group effort that makes me enormously excited about both the present and the future.”
Wolf, one of the most successful television producers of all time, is the creator of the “Law & Order”-branded series and has won two Emmy Awards.
“I’m personally thrilled to be working so closely with Dick, and on behalf of everyone at NBC and Universal Television we are so happy to extend our relationship with all the incredibly talented people at Wolf Entertainment,” NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said. “His brand is pure quality, and our continuing partnership is not only great for us but even better for broadcast television.”
“Dick Wolf is a without a doubt one of the greatest producers in the history of dramatic television,” Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, said. “The ‘Law & Order’ legacy would have been enough to set him apart from all the rest, but the Chicago franchise now kicks him into the stratosphere. He has been a defining voice of NBC for over a generation, and he is most welcome at this company forever.”