A new Law & Order series is in the works, and this one will focus on hate crimes.
NBC announced on Tuesday that Law & Order: Hate Crimes will air on the network at a yet-to-be-decided date, with a 13 episode order. It will be based on the New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force, and will feature the stories of “an elite, specially trained team of investigators” who “stop at nothing to bring these criminals to justice,” according to NBC.
“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,” said executive producer Dick Wolf (pictured below).
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“Twenty years ago when SVU (Special Victims Unit) began, very few people felt comfortable coming forward and reporting these crimes, but when you bring the stories into people’s living room—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.”
“As Law & Order: SVU enters its remarkable 20th season, it is exciting to get back into business with Dick Wolf on a new Law & Order incarnation that feels extremely timely,” Lisa Katz, co-president of scripted programming at NBC Entertainment, told The Hollywood Reporter.
“Considering that last year there was a double-digit rise in hate crimes in our 10 largest cities—the highest total in over a decade—it seemed like this topic is begging to be explored.”
The series will be introduced during an episode sometime late in SVU’s upcoming season, with a likely standalone premiere coming next year.