A broadcast drama series that just picked up a renewal is poised to become the longest-running live-action series in prime-time TV history. Variety reports that NBC’s pickup of “Law & Order: SVU” for the show’s 21st season will give the procedural that honor.
“SVU” will break the tie it holds with the original “Law & Order” and the classic CBS Western “Gunsmoke” of 20 seasons. The animated Fox show “The Simpsons” remains the longest-running prime-time scripted series at 30 seasons and counting.
In a joint statement, NBC Co-Chairmen Paul Telegdy and George Cheeks said: “We tip our cap to Dick Wolf, Mariska Hargitay and the amazing cast and crew of ‘SVU,’ who now all go into the record book. This incredible run is an example of what happens when producers, writers and actors all come together and create a show that, year after year, speaks to its audience in a powerful way. We couldn’t be more proud of this remarkable achievement.”