Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler will be holding down the “Law & Order” universe for now.
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“For the Defense,” which was given a straight-to-series order in May, was scheduled to air on Thursdays with “Law & Order: SVU” and the recently launched “Law & Order: Organized Crime.”
Franchise boss Dick Wolf was set to executive produce alongside “CSI” veteran Carol Mendelsohn as showrunner. The series intended to take a deep dive into the inner workings at a criminal defense firm. No casting had been announced.
While NBC has not given a reason for the decision to nix the project, the network and producers reportedly moved forward with a different creative vision for a separate offshoot, the outlet noted.
This isn’t the first time a “Law & Order” spinoff was given the greenlight only to be shelved months later.
In 2018, “Law & Order: Hate Crimes” received a straight-to-series order, but was pulled back into development and remains a project in the works.
In lieu of a third “Law & Order” series, NBC will now air “The Blacklist” at 8pm on Thursdays before “SVU” and “Organized Crime.”
Mariska Hargitay will return for the 23rd season of “SVU,” which is set to premiere with a two-hour episode on September 23. Immediately following, Christopher Meloni will helm the second season of “SVU” spinoff “Organized Crime.”
Wolf launched the franchise in 1990 with the original “Law & Order,” which ran for 20 seasons before signing off in 2010.
Other offshoots have included “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Law & Order: Trial by Jury,” “Law & Order: LA,” and “Law & Order True Crime.”