NBC has picked up all four Dick Wolf dramas — the three “Chicago” series and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” — for three more seasons apiece, the network announced Thursday.
The pickups will keep “Chicago Fire” on the air through Season 11, “Chicago P.D.” through Season 10 and “Chicago Med” through Season 8. “Law & Order: SVU” is already the longest-running live-action primetime series in TV history, and the renewal will extend that run through Season 24.
The renewal package comes along with news that Wolf and his company, Wolf Entertainment, have signed a new five-year deal to remain at Universal Television, his studio home for the past 36 years. The agreement also includes multiple series commitments for other projects.
NBC has taken to handing out multiyear renewals to its most successful dramas, first picking up three additional seasons of “This Is Us” last year, then doing the same with the medical drama “New Amsterdam” back in January.
“I’m gratified and excited that Universal will remain our home for five more years,” Wolf said in a statement. “This new term deal complements our recently concluded agreement to make Peacock one of the primary destinations for both the ‘L&O’ and ‘Chicago’ brands, as well as our extraordinary three-year NBC broadcast pickups on all four current series. We are now supercharged to expand our business on new platforms, both domestically and internationally, while continuing to produce our current and future series for broadcasting and streaming networks.”
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with Dick over the decades and it goes without saying he remains one of the most influential producers in history,” said Bonnie Hammer, NBCUniversal Content Studios chairman. “He is a visionary unlike any other whose impact has changed the entire television landscape. We’re beyond thrilled to have Dick and his team remain in the NBCUniversal family for many years to come.”
“The significance of having Dick Wolf remain at Universal Television can’t be overstated,” Universal Television president Pearlena Igbokwe added. “Dick has proven himself masterful at building successful, iconic brands and telling gripping, intelligent and thought-provoking stories. It’s an honor and pleasure to be a part of the Wolf Pack for the next five years. We’re also grateful to NBC for their continued support of the ‘Law & Order’ and ‘Chicago’ drama series.”
“Dick Wolf has proven time and time again that he makes shows audiences love,” said NBC boss Paul Telegdy. “We are delighted, excited and proud that as part of this epic deal with Wolf Entertainment, NBC’s loyal audience will know that their favorite shows have a certain future for the next three years.”