NBC Greenlights ‘Law & Order: Hate Crimes’

Law & Order is getting yet another spin-off, and this time the new series will revolve on the city’s hate crimes unit. The show has been ordered by show-boss Dick Wolf who is responsible for Law & Order: SVU and all of its 20 seasons.

The show is set to once again take place in New York and revolve around the country’s second-oldest Hate Crimes Task Force.

Wolf said of the new installment: “Twenty years ago when ‘SVU’ began, very few people felt comfortable coming forward and reporting these crimes but when you bring the stories into people’s living rooms — with characters as empathetic as Olivia Benson — a real dialogue can begin. That’s what I hope we can do with this new show in a world where hate crimes have reached an egregious level.”

In a statement to the Hollywood Reporter, Lisa Katz, co-president of scripted programming at NBC Entertainment, called the spinoff timely: “Considering that last year there was a double-digit rise in hate crimes in our 10 largest cities — the highest total in over a decade — it seemed like this topic is begging to be explored,” she said.

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