Law and Order


You can never have enough "Law & Order" ... right?

NBC just ordered 13 episodes for "Hate Crimes" -- its seventh "Law & Order" branded series -- which will be a spinoff of "Law & Order: SVU."

"Law & Order: Hate Crimes" is based on New York’s real-life Hate Crimes Task Force, which "pledges to uphold a zero tolerance policy against discrimination of any kind, works under the NYPD’s real Special Victims Unit and often borrows SVU’s detectives to assist in their investigations."

"SVU" will introduce that team in the upcoming "SVU" Season 20, before the new series premieres at some point in 2019. There are no further details at this point, so stay tuned.

The series comes from "Law & Order" creator Dick Wolf and former "Law & Order: SVU" showrunner Warren Leight.

Dick Wolf: “As with all of my crime shows, I want to depict what’s really going on in our cities and shine a light on the wide-ranging victims and show that justice can prevail. Twenty years ago when SVU began, very few people felt comfortable coming forward and reporting these crimes, but when you bring the stories into people’s living rooms – with characters as empathetic as Olivia Benson – a real dialogue can begin. That’s what I hope we can do with this new show in a world where hate crimes have reached an egregious level."

Warren Leight: "I’m extremely impressed by the actual men and women investigating these cases in a city as complicated and diverse as New York. The work they are doing puts them on the front lines in a battle for the soul of our city and nation. I’m thrilled about the chance to reunite with Dick and NBC to portray the reality of this crisis."

"Law & Order: Hate Crimes" follows "Law & Order," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Law & Order: Trial by Jury," "Law & Order: Los Angeles," and "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders."

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