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

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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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.
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Yes!!!! So happy that SVU is coming back. I will admit that I really didn't miss Christopher Meloni that much.
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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.
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So is Hargitay's contact the same as previous years - More money for less work?
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NBC needs to keep at least one L&O around.
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YAY for SVU! I love that show!
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Good news for SVU. Show has been great without Stabler/Christopher M.
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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.
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Jesse Spencer as a firefighter? Yes, please!
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Chicago Fire sounds uninteresting.
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I was just wondering Monday what would be next for Jesse Spencer.
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lol I love how at the top it said "Lupine Urology"

#sixFULLseasonsandamovie!
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I think I know why I haven't continued Awake. Some part of my subconcious is saying 'This is NBC, there may never be closure'. And so with that, the last episode I saw was episode 2. And I may have to leave it at that.

Come on, NBC, be smart.
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what about awake

i am on the edge of my seat

hoping against hope it wont get canceled
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i wish the bring the original law and order and cancel all this boring spin off
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I used to think like you, but when comparing SVU to L&O original I have to pick SVU. SVU has more interesting cases. Not ALWAYS about rape, not always something sexual, but sometimes going into really interesting topics where the original law and order was just a weekly, repetive, murder mystery. I loved both, but I love SVU just a tad bit more.
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The great thing for me about Law and Order is the trial part not the cop part which i find very boring

I love Jack McCoy and all the moral dilemmas that come in the course of trial
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Oh man, if Dick Wolf voices the opening narration to Chicago Fire the way he has for the Law & Order franchise, I'm going to be so confused!

"In the professional firefighting system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: the fires who burn things down, and the firefighters who extinguish the flames. These are their stories."
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actually the announcer is Steven Zirnkilton who had a bit part in the pilot Law & Order episode. bit o' trivia for ya.
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Who cares?

Renew Parks and Rec, Awake and Community and stop f***ing with their schedules!
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