NBC is expanding the Law & Order franchise—the network has given a straight-to-series order for Law & Order: For the Defense.
The spinoff series will take place inside a criminal defense firm and will put lawyers and the criminal justice system under the microscope. Each week there will be a contemporary morality tale.
The series hails from Law & Order creator Dick Wolf and CSI veteran Carol Mendelsohn will serve as showrunner and executive producer. Wolf also executive produces with Arthur Forney and Peter Jankowski of Wolf Entertainment and Julie Weitz of Carol Mendelsohn Productions.
“This new show is exciting for me personally,” Wolf said. “We spent the last 30 years on shows that played offense. Now it will be great to play defense, and being able to do it with Carol is an honor and an opportunity for both of us to do television that hasn’t been done before.”
Law & Order debuted in 1990 and since then it’s been a huge part of NBC. Currently, there are two shows airing in the franchise—Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order: Organized Crime. To date there have been seven shows in the franchise with Law & Order: For the Defense being the eighth.