Law & Order: Organized Crime is going under a behind-the-scenes change before production has begun on the new Law & Order spin-off, which features the return of Christopher Meloni as Elliot Stabler to the franchise.
Matt Olmstead, formerly the man behind Chicago PD, was set to act as showrunner for the series, but he is now out. A new showrunner has not been selected yet.
According to sources, a decision was made to take extra time crafting the new series that reintroduces a beloved character alongside the original Law & Order: SVU series that tackles the NYPD. There has been extra scrutiny on portraying police work on TV following the death of George Floyd and the national unrest it sparked.
Switching showrunners early on is not uncommon for Wolf series. FBI went through multiple showrunner changes before and right after the series’ premiere on CBS. It went on to become the most watched new series of the season and is now headed into Season three after successfully launching a spin-off.
Law & Order: Organized Crime was set to premiere with the Fall 2020 line-up, but it will now likely debut on the network in the first half of 2021.
What do you think? Are you surprised by this showrunner change? Do you plan to watch the new Law & Order: Organized Crime on NBC?