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'Law & Order' Universe Creator Dick Wolf Announces Another Spinoff Titled 'For the Defense'

Joe Akins
May 04, 2021
11:50 P.M.

The "Law & Order" franchise is adding another spinoff to its long list of series with the announcement of a new show titled "For The Defense."


"Law & Order" creator Dick Wolfe is leading another extension of his widely acclaimed franchise. This time, he is doing so in collaboration with Carol Mendelsohn, the woman behind the highly successful CSI franchise.

Wolf has announced the creation of a new "Law & Order" spinoff titled "For The Defense." It is a new legal drama that will focus on lawyers and the criminal justice system.

Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni together on the set of "Law and Order: SVU" on January 25, 2021 | Getty Images

Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni together on the set of "Law and Order: SVU" on January 25, 2021 | Getty Images

Following the announcement of the new series, NBC has given a straight-to-series order for it. Wolf is also excited about the new show. He said the last three decades had been spent on shows that played offense.

However, "For the Defense" will be a great way to play defense. Wolf also expressed delight in doing the series with Mendelsohn. He said it is an honor to do it with her and an opportunity for them to do television that has not been done before.


Mendelsohn will be the new series' showrunner and will executive produce with Wolf, Arthur Forney, Julie Weitz, and Peter Jankowski.


Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group and Wolf Entertainment, will produce the new series due to Wolf and Mendelsohn's deal with the studio.

Many fans watched in amazement as "SVU" brought back Meloni's character in a special crossover episode


This is the second year that NBC will be picking a new "Law & Order" installment, make it into a spin-off. This comes after "Law & Order: SVU's" spinoff, "Law & Order: Organized Crime."

"Organized Crime" stars Chris Meloni, who is making his comeback to the "Law & Order" franchise as Elliot Stabler since his departure from "SVU" in 2011.


Many fans watched in amazement as "SVU" brought back Meloni's character in a special crossover episode of the series on April 1. With his comeback, he reunited with his beloved friend and Mariska Hargitay's character, Olivia Benson.

Many fans watched the series, delighted to see their favorite characters together again, even though it lasted a short while. Meloni had teased the reunion in January when he shared a picture on Instagram of himself and Margitay, posing for a snap.

"Law & Order" premiered in 1990 and ran for 20 seasons. Meanwhile, "Law & Order: SVU" is in its 22nd season and is the longest-running live-action series in television history.

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