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Law & Order: For the Defense spin-off series picked up by NBC

Digital Spy (UK) logo Digital Spy (UK) 04/05/2021 Sam Warner
Jamie Gray Hyder, Ice-T, Mariska Hargitay, Kelli Giddish, Peter Scanavino posing for a photo: Law & Order spin-off show For the Defense, set in a criminal defence firm, has been picked up straight-to-series by NBC. © NBC Universal Law & Order spin-off show For the Defense, set in a criminal defence firm, has been picked up straight-to-series by NBC.

Law & Order is set to get a new spin-off series, this time set in a criminal defence firm.

The long-running franchise already has a vast pool of related shows, including Special Victims Unit and new spin-off Organized Crime.

However, NBC has now picked up Law & Order: For the Defense – which will "take an unbiased look inside a criminal defense firm" – straight-to-series.

Jamie Gray Hyder, Ice-T, Mariska Hargitay, Kelli Giddish, Peter Scanavino posing for a photo: Law and Order SVU.JPG © NBC Universal Law and Order SVU.JPG

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NBC adds that the show "will put the lawyers under the microscope, along with the criminal justice system with every week delivering the promise of a contemporary morality tale".

Franchise co-creator Dick Wolf, who will serve as co-showrunner and executive producer alongside CSI's Carol Mendelsohn, said: "This new show is exciting for me personally.

"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."

Christopher Meloni wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: Christopher Meloni as Detective Elliot Stabler in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit © Virginia Sherwood/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank - Getty Images Christopher Meloni as Detective Elliot Stabler in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

"We can't wait to bring audiences the latest chapter of Law & Order, which will explore a different angle of the criminal justice system," added Lisa Katz, president of scripted programming at NBC Universal Television and Streaming.

"We're excited about Dick Wolf's perpetually thought-provoking approach as well as his collaboration with Carol Mendelsohn, who we have been eager to do a series with for a long time."

Meanwhile, Law & Order: Organized Crime premiered last month, with Christopher Meloni reprising his role as Elliot Stabler from SVU.

Law & Order: For the Defense will air on NBC. Law & Order: SVU airs Thursdays on NBC in the US. The show airs on Sky Witness in the UK, with select episodes available on NOW TV.

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