Dick Wolf, Studios USA and NBC Sign Deal for "Law & Order: Criminal Intent"
Third "Law & Order" Branded Series To Have Shared Broadcast Window With USA Network
NBC Entertainment, 11.8.00
NBC, Studios USA and Dick Wolf have signed a deal to produce the third series in the hugely successful "Law & Order" franchise - "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." The Deal was jointly announced today by Wolf, Studios USA Programming President David Kissinger and NBC Entertainment President Garth Ancier.
The new series, which received a 13-episode order, is slated for the 2001-2002 season, will break from the traditional "Law & Order" format to reveal the point of view of the criminal, as well as the police and prosecutors. Rene Balcer, a ten-year veteran of the original "Law & Order" series, will serve as executive producer, head writer and showrunner. Balcer was one of the executive producers of "Law & Order" when it won the outstanding drama series Emmy award in 1997.
As with "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," the new series will have a shared broadcast window with USA Network.
"It's extremely gratifying that viewers continue to be entertained by the 'Law & Order' franchise and with this new series, we hope to bring a unique psychological component to the storytelling," said Wolf.
"Millions of fans turn to NBC each week for the gripping, award-winning drama Dick Wolf provides with the 'Law & Order' franchise. We can't wait to roll out this latest edition, which will take viewers even more up close and personal into the criminal justice system," said Ancier.
"We are excited to embark on this further exploration of the 'Law & Order' brand. This promises to be a provocative and innovative new series that will incorporate the best of the 'Law & Order' shows while bringing something fresh and arresting to the franchise," said Kissinger.
"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" is the third "Law & Order"-branded series on NBC. The Emmy Award-winning "Law & Order" is in its eleventh season and is currently network television's longest-running drama series. With its renewal through 2005, it is poised to become the most prolific police drama ever and the second longest running drama series in the history of television. It consistently ranks among the top 15 prime time programs each week and holds the record for most consecutive (nine) Outstanding Drama Series Emmy nominations, winning in 1997.
"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" has been renewed through 2002 and was the highest rated new series from the 1999-2000 season and the only drama or comedy to receive a multi-year pick-up.