Dick Wolf has secured another NBC bag in exchange for more dope television programming!
NBC is expanding the “Law & Order” franchise by giving a 13-episode order for Dick’s latest offering, “Law & Order: Hate Crimes.”
The latest Law & Order installment is based on New York’s actual Hate Crimes Task Force, the second oldest bias-based task force in the U.S.
The unit, which pledges to uphold a zero-tolerance policy against discrimination of any kind, works under the NYPD’s real Special Victims Unit and often borrows SVU’s detectives to assist in their investigations.
The new Law & Order series will be introduced as a planted spinoff from SVU, with the first incarnation of the new unit appearing in the latter part of the upcoming season of the Mariska Hargitay-starring series.
Dick Wolf had this to say about the new series:
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.
Twenty years ago when SVU began, very few people felt comfortable coming forward and reporting these crimes, but when you bring the stories into people’s living rooms – 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.
I will be prompt for this!