Rumors started swirling last night that Law & Order would not break Gunsmoke's record as the longest running primetime series, that instead NBC would cancel the police drama due to low ratings. That is in fact the case, as NBC officially announced today that they will not be renewing the long-running series for a 21st season. Creator Dick Wolf is reportedly interested in pursuing the show elsewhere, likely TNT, where the series airs in syndication.
But the L&O franchise is not yet done with NBC, who made the easy decision of renewing Law & Order: SVU, the highest-rated drama on the network, and officially ordering new spinoff Law & Order: Los Angeles (or LOLA, if you prefer) for the 2010-2011 season. Check out the press release after the jump. [Artwork above by the brilliant Brandon Bird]
Here's the official press release:
NBC ANNOUNCES PICKUPS FOR NEW DRAMA ‘LOLA’ (‘LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES’) AND RETURNING ‘LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT’ AND ‘LAW & ORDER’ ENDS ITS HISTORIC RUN ON NBC MAY 24
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – May 14, 2010 – NBC has picked up the new drama “LOLA” (“Law & Order: Los Angeles”) as well as renewed “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” for the 2010-11 season. In addition, NBC will end its historic and record-tying “Law & Order” when the mothership series concludes its 20th season on Monday, May 24 (10-11 p.m. ET).
The announcements were made today by Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC and Universal Media Studios.