Wednesday, May 22, 2024

“Law & Order” Producer Dick Wolf is the King of TV: “SVU” and Chicago Shows Renewed for Three More Seasons


Well, Dick Wolf is the King of TV, there’s no disputing it.

Yesterday, NBC renewed all his shows, starting with “Law & Order: SVU,” which will now soldier on for three more years, through Season 24. Undoubtedly, they will go to the 25th season, setting all kinds of records. My old friend Warren Leight breathed new life into the show this year, and Mariska Hargitay et al have really cemented themselves into the culture. They are superstars.

NBC also renewed for three years “Chicago PD,” “Chicago Fire,” and “Chicago Med.” “Chicago PD” has already been on for 7 seasons. Jason Beghe‘s career was completely resuscitated by that show, and now look at him. It’s great news.

At CBS, Wolf has two “FBI” shows. Exclusively, sources tell me there’s a third one cooking on the back burner, and it may be announced for the fall. Wolf is going to spin out “FBI” shows like “NCIS” or “CSI,” for every city.

All of this comes after the great success of the original “Law & Order” (20 seasons), plus “Criminal Intent,” both of which can be seen in endless reruns on cable TV. Wolf has had an occasional failure, but not enough to talk about. So stay tuned.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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