NBC is getting another dose ofLaw & Order.
The network has expanded the Law & Order universe with a brand-new series. Law & Order: Hate Crimes, which has been picked up with a 13-episode order, will follow New York's Hate Crimes Task Force, the second oldest bias-based task force in the U.S.
The unit works under the NYPD's Special Victims Unit and often borrows SVU detectives to assist in investigations -- so, yes, we can probably expect Mariska Hargitay's Olivia Benson to make an appearance. The Hate Crimes unit will be introduced in the latter part of the upcoming 20th season of Law & Order: SVU, NBC revealed in a press release.
“As with all of my crime shows, I want to depict what’s really going on in our cities and shine a light on the wide-ranging victims and show that justice can prevail,” Law & Order creator Dick Wolf said in a statement.
“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," he continued. "That’s what I hope we can do with this new show in a world where hate crimes have reached an egregious level.”
Law & Order: Hate Crimes aims to take viewers "behind the headlines and viral videos" to showcase detectives' mission to bring these criminals to justice.
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