NBC is extending its deal with producer/series creator Dick Wolf through 2020, and in announcing the new deal the network also announced it’s given renewal orders to Wolf’s Chicago Med and Law & Order: SVU. Chicago Med gets a second season and the renewal means Law & Order will stick around at least through an 18th season. Chicago Med currently airs on Tuesday nights and has been averaging 11.3 million viewers over its first season. Law & Order: SVU is still going strong, with season 17 pulling in 10 million viewers.
The network previously announced renewals of Chicago P.D. and Chicago Fire, and Wolf is developing a fourth Chicago series, Chicago Law.
“Dick Wolf is a without a doubt one of the greatest producers in the history of dramatic television,” stated Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “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’m personally thrilled to be working so closely with Dick, and on behalf of everyone at NBC and Universal Television we are so happy to extend our relationship with all the incredibly talented people at Wolf Entertainment,” added Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment. “His brand is pure quality, and our continuing partnership is not only great for us but even better for broadcast television.”
“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.”