Law and Order: Special Victims Unit is canceled by NBC, in a huge setback for the program.
Dick Wolf, the creator of LAW AND ORDER, stated earlier this year that NBC was developing a new spin-off series called For The Defense. The franchise, however, has already been given a severe blow, since the series has been canceled.
The planned NBC spin-off of the popular crime franchise, Law & Order SVU, has been canceled. The intended series was to focus on the hardships and tribulations of a criminal defense team, but fans will be disappointed to learn that it will not be produced.
The Law and Order franchise’s founder and producer, Dick Wolf, had anticipated that For The Defense would be a thorough dive into the criminal justice system, as well as a look at the lawyers who prosecute.
The new spin-off was ordered straight to series by NBC in April, with a release date set for later this year.
The cancellation has angered fans, especially because the most recent Law and Order spin-off, Organized Crime, starring former SVU team member Elliot Stabler (played by Christopher Meloni), has been such a success.
The news show was supposed to air after the second season of Organized Crime and the big 23rd season of SVU on Thursday nights.
Fans of the iconic franchise expressed their sadness on Twitter, with one user writing: “Huh. It’s too awful… I’m not sure what happened. The idea was fantastic.”
“Oh no!” exclaimed another. It was something I was really looking forward to.”
“AND I WAS ACTUALLY EXCITED FOR THIS ONE,” a third person added.
Another admirer, however, pointed out that the series’ popularity stemmed from fans yearning for a change of pace after all these years: “This is heartbreaking to me. After two decades of rooting for the cops, that was an intriguing concept.”
Since the introduction of For The Defense, there has been much conjecture about which SVU characters will reprise their roles in the new series.
Many fans anticipated to see Rafael Barba (Raul Esparza), lawyer Nikki Staines (Callie Thorne), and defense attorney Trevor Langan (Peter Hermann) return in the spin-off.
Despite the series’ cancellation, another spin-off, named Law and Order: Hate Crimes, is in the works.
Viewers are optimistic that the cancellation of For The Defense would make the second spin-off series more likely to go forward as planned.
Hate Crimes had a 13-episode order and was set to premiere on Law. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”