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.
Jeff Gaspin, Chairman, NBC Universal Television Entertainment said, "The full measure of the collective contributions made by Dick Wolf and his Law & Order franchise over the last two decades to the success of NBC and Universal Media Studios cannot be overstated. The legacy of his original Law & Order series will continue to make an impact like no other series before."
Bromstad added: "Law & Order has been one of the most successful franchises in the history of television, which is why it is so critical that we continue this important brand and our relationship with Dick Wolf and his team with Law & Order: Los Angeles and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."
The brainchild of creator and Emmy Award winner Wolf, Law & Order has spawned one of the most successful brands in primetime television. It is the 1997 Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Drama Series and the record holder for the most consecutive (11) nominations in that category for a primetime series (tied with Cheers and M*A*S*H). It premiered on September 13, 1990, and eventually tied Gunsmoke as the longest-running drama series in television history.
The new "LOLA" (Law & Order: Los Angeles) is a procedural crime drama that will follow the theme and storylines similar to the Law & Order-brand series on the streets of Los Angeles. The series, from executive producer Dick Wolf and Blake Masters (Brotherhood), is a Wolf Films production in association with Universal Media Studios. Casting and pre-production work are continuing.
Law & Order: Criminal Intent continues to air in its ninth season on USA Network.