Sad news, guys. Everyone’s favorite rainy day binge-watch show might be getting the axe. Rumor has it Law & Order: SVU might not return next season!
SVU is the last Law & Order spinoff on the air — and the crime show still grabs five to eight million viewers per episode. So WHY is it on the chopping block?
According to Deadline… money. NBC and series creator Dick Wolf are reportedly in a major financial disagreement. Wolf, who also works on NBC’s Chicago Fire and Chicago PD, apparently won’t take a pay cut to ensure SVU meets its budget and gets picked up for another season.
Insiders who work on the show are speaking out about the rampant rumors. Warren Leight, SVU’s current show runner (he took over in Season 13), took to Twitter to address the gossip — and diss Deadline’s facts.
“As these negotiations string us all out, remember that people with agendas leak misinformation through the press. For the record, we are NBC’s 3rd highest rated drama (not 4th, Deadline), and last week, NBC’s top rated scripted show,” Warren tweeted. “Also, our budget is down considerably from season 11, even as costs have risen.”
SVU is currently the longest-running drama series on any US television network. The show is famous for its intro (who can ever forget the ominous “dun dun” sound?) and ripping riveting scripts straight from real-life stories. Christopher Meloni (aka Elliot Stabler) famously left the detective show in 2011, but Mariska Hargitay (who plays show lead Olivia Benson) remains with a fresh cast.
NBC will officially announce their renewal decision at the Upfronts next month.
We’d be so sad if SVU gets cancelled! We love this hour-long drama so, so much. Would you be disappointed if NBC cancelled SVU?