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.