Long-running US procedural Law & Order: SVU has been renewed for an 18th season.
NBC has extended its deal with prolific producer Dick Wolf through to 2020, which also includes a second season for recent procedural, Chicago Med.
They follow recent renewals for Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. while upcoming series Chicago Law is in development.
Mariska Hargitay also sounds like she is poised to return, tweeting “So honored 2 have another season to bring u #SVU.We r proud of the work we do and especially grateful 2 our incredible fans #ThankYOU #SVU18″
“Dick Wolf is a without a doubt one of the greatest producers in the history of dramatic television,” NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said. “The Law & Order legacy would have been enough to set him apart from all the rest, but the Chicago franchise now kicks him into the stratosphere. He has been a defining voice of NBC for over a generation, and he is most welcome at this company forever.”
“I’ve been in the same office, with the same phone number, for 30 years. I’m glad people won’t have to learn a new one,” Wolf said. “Staying was really a foregone conclusion. My partnership with Bob has been the best relationship I’ve ever had with the head of a network. He has also assembled a great team of executives at both the network and the studio who make it possible for the Wolf Entertainment team to turn out multiple shows. It is truly a synergistic group effort that makes me enormously excited about both the present and the future.”
SVU returns to TEN on February 11th.
Source: Hollywood Reporter