After NBC announced it wouldn’t pick up a 21st season of "Law & Order," creator Dick Wolf is searching out other offers to continue the life of the beloved police and legal procedural, reports Bill Carter in the New York Times’ Media Decoder blog.
With NBC canceling the program, the 20-year run of "Law & Order" remains tied with CBS’ classic "Gunsmoke" Western series, which ran from 1955 to 1975, risking Wolf’s dream of making his show television’s longest-running prime-time drama.
After NBC’s upfront presentation on Monday, Wolf said he’s seeking "other offers" for his franchise, although he didn’t specify with which networks he’s having discussions. He said he’s delaying a plan to end the series with a two-hour movie on NBC until he fully investigates moving the show to another network.
That will likely end up being TNT, reports Nikki Finke on Deadline.com. Wolf is asking producer Universal Media Studios to negotiate with TNT for original weekly shows. Discussions are expected to take place after the upfronts.