NBC Renews Law & Order: SVU, Orders New Drama Chicago Fire

By Tim Surette

May 09, 2012

NBC's slow trickle of 2012-2013 scheduling announcements continued today with news of a veteran renewal and a new series order, both of which come from the mind of longtime collaborator Dick Wolf. The network has renewed Law & Order: SVU for Season 14, keeping the long-running franchise alive a bit longer.

The renewal isn't particularly surprising; last month, series star Mariska Hargitay signed on for a fourteenth season "should there be one." As NBC continues to rebuild, it still needs some staples to schedule around, and the re-energized SVU is the perfect anchor show.

In more interesting news, NBC also ordered Chicago Fire, a new series from SVU creator Wolf. The ensemble firefighter drama stars Jesse Spencer (House), Eamonn Walker, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund, and David Eigenberg. There's nothing to indicate that the show will be anything but Grey's Anatomy on fire, but sometimes that's what works.

NBC will officially announce its 2012-2013 schedule on Monday, but word on several of the network's new series pickups has already leaked: New comedies Save Me, 1600 Penn, Animal Practice, and The New Normal, as well as new dramas Revolution and Hannibal, will all be making it to your TV screen next season.

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  • miasma May 11, 2012

    C'mon NBC please renew Awake, don't care about anything else although I'll give Revolution a look if you don't cancel Awake.

  • buckeyenut68 May 10, 2012

    Yes!!!! So happy that SVU is coming back. I will admit that I really didn't miss Christopher Meloni that much.

  • AnoukvdZee May 10, 2012

    Aaaaactually... I know I'm nitpicking, you don't have to remind me: Dick Wolf's drama shows (the L&O; franchise as a whole) focus very little on the personal development of its characters, most of it happening off screen, which I find very annoying. In Grey's Anatomy it's about little else than the personal relationships. I've had it a little with procedural drama's, so I don't expect to be watching Chicago Fire.

  • VConn May 10, 2012

    So is Hargitay's contact the same as previous years - More money for less work?

  • Writerpatrick May 10, 2012

    NBC needs to keep at least one L&O; around.

  • sasou82 May 10, 2012

    YAY for SVU! I love that show!

  • msdione22 May 10, 2012

    Good news for SVU. Show has been great without Stabler/Christopher M.

  • DavidJackson8 May 10, 2012

    During my police procedural phase, I was quite a big fan of SVU. So, uh, good for them for getting another season.

    Chicago Fire sounds boring.

  • anbis82 May 10, 2012

    Jesse Spencer as a firefighter? Yes, please!

  • dref22 May 10, 2012

    Chicago Fire sounds uninteresting.

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